Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Singtam celebrates Indra Jatra

SINGTAM, SEPTEMBER 9: State Level Indra Jatra Celebration held at Singtam marked a historic moment. It was for the first time that the Kumari Devi’s puja had been performed outside Gangtok since last five years. Singtam, the busiest town in Sikkim takes the honour to receive the Kumari for the first year; it has been announced that Indra Jatra, the biggest festival of Newar community shall travel to different places of Sikkim for the coming eight years and shall return to Gangtok thereafter.
The Indra Jatra event was organised by Sikkim Newar Guthi and hosted by Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014, Singtam. The festival was held in two phases; the morning (the ritual) session and the second (cultural) session.
Somnath Poudhyal, Area MLA cum Minister, Food Security & Agriculture & AHVS was the Chief Guest of the morning session that included Indra Rath Poojan and Kumari Jatra. The puja was performed by Parampujiya Guruji Shri Shri Suryabir Tuladhar from Swayambu Mandir, Gangtok. Thousands of Newars from different corner of the state had visited Singtam, the venue of the event. Sagoon (Samay-baji) was offered to every individuals after the completion of the puja.
Distinguished guests present in the morning occasion included Bikram Pradhan, Chief Whip, Government of Sikkim, AK Ghatani, Minister, Health Care and Family Welfare and IPR,  Uttam Pradhan, Chairman, Song, Dance, Drama and Film Board, Indra Pradhan, Chairman, State Welfare Board, councilors of Singtam Nagar Panchayats, guests from Nepal, Darjeeling, Jaigoan and others.
Kumari Jatra, highlight of the Indra Jatra Celebration had a procession that moved through the Singtam bazaar and return back to the venue. Newar community in their traditional costumes carrying the banners of their respective guthi participated in huge gathering. Lakhey Dance was performed in the streets of Singtam for the very first time. On returning back to the stage, bhoj was offered to the gathered crowds.
Bikash Pradhan, Newar Language Teacher from Namthang SSS gave a brief introduction of the day and told about the importance of Indra Jatra and Kumar Puja in Newar community.
The afternoon session started with the arrival of Ugen T Gyatso, Minister Tourism and Aviation, who also was the Chief Guest of the cultural event. Highlight of the second session was the release of ‘NEWA’, a documentary on Newar Language and Culture. The documentary was made by Badhaichha Creation, Singtam. Chief Guest and other guests released the DVD where the unit team of ‘NEWA’ was also offered khadas by the Chief Guest on the stage. The documentary offers a simplest means of speaking newar language and learning cultural knowledge. Praveen Pradhan and Shital Pradhan had directed the documentary.
The Chief Guest and other guests were offered newar topi and memento from the Sikkim Newar Guthi. TB Pradhan, President, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014, Singtam gave the welcome speech. Pradhan shared his experience for an opportunity to organize such a huge responsibility in his shoulder. He thanked every individual for their support.
Different cultural programmes were performed by the participants from Namchi Sakha Guthi, Dentam Sakha Guthi, Melli Dara Sakha Guthi and Gangtok. Rajendra Pradhan from Namchi, Pushpan Pradhan from Doars and Arun Pradhan from Singtam entertained the crowds with their thrilling voices. Smarika, Indra Jatra Samaroh 2014 was also released on the occasion.
Bikram Pradhan, Chief Whip, Government of Sikkim in speech shared his experience and the blessing on Indra Jatra. He spoked about the Government’s role in the development on Newars of Sikkim. Somnath Poudhyal, Area MLA cum Minister, Food Security & Agriculture & AHVS applauded the achievements of the Newars in Sikkim in his words and said it is an example for the society. Ugen T Gyatso, Minister Tourism and Aviation added Indra Jatra festival should be acknowledged as a tourism festival. He further said Singtam has managed to keep the prestige and status of a state level Indra Jatra. Prakash Pradhan and Jayashree Pradhan were the Master of Ceremony of the program.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Promo of “Newa’ released

SINGTAM, SEPTEMBER 6: NEWA, a documentary based on Newar Language and Culture produced by Badhaichha Creation, Singtam  was officially released at the Production House Office at Singtam. Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, Sansthapak, Singtam Basibiyalo clicked the video file that was uploaded to You Tube. Present on the occasion were Praveen Pradhan, Managing Director, Badhaichha Creation and his members that included Bikash Pradhan, Shital Pradhan, Pramod Pradhan, Pranay Pradhan and others.
NEWA documentary is being released on Indra Jatra celebration on September 8th at Golitar, Singtam. The documentary features Uttam Pradhan, famed actor of Nepali cinema along with Newari dance performers from Dentam Sakha Guthi. The documentary focuses on the learning of Newar Language designed by Bikash Pradhan, Newar Language teacher from Namthang SSS. 
Bikram Pradhan, Chief Whip, Government of Sikkim and Rohit Kr. Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi, Gangtok had supported the efforts of Badhaichha Creation and shared their messages to the Newar community through this documentary. Biren Lama had done the camera work and the editing of the documentary while Suresh Thapa was his technical assistant. All the artists taking part in the documentary are from Sikkim.

Badhaichha Creation brings “NEWA” on Indra Jatra

SINGTAM, SEPTEMER 4: Badhaichha Creation, Singtam has come up with a documentary aptly named “NEWA” based on Newar Language and Culture. The documentary will be officially released on the auspicious occasion of Indra Jatra at Singtam. Indra Jatra, the biggest festival of Newar community is being held for the first time outside Gangtok. The event is held under Sikkim Newar Guthi and organised by Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014.
Praveen Pradhan, Managing Director, Badhaichha Creation, Singtam through a press release reads, we have thought about this project keeping in mind that we need to conserve our culture and traditions. We feel proud to say that Sikkim is the only region in the world where Newar language is recognized as an official state language and for that we shall always remain grateful towards Chief Minister of Sikkim. Uttam Pradhan, famed actor and now Chairman of Sikkim Music, Drama, Dance and Film Board has played a pivotal part in the documentary. The Grammar portion used in the documentary is written by Bikash Pradhan, first Newar language teacher of Sikkim, now working at Namthang SSS, South Sikkim. His grammar book is taught in different Government schools of Sikkim.  
The concept behind the documentary was to make available the easiest form to learn Newar Language. We have designed an elementary Newar speaking course based on the Newar grammar and we believe this medium shall help any individual having an interest in Newar Language. Besides that, we have focused on Newar household items and couple of cultural knowledge.
The teams behind this project are Praveen Pradhan, Managing Director, Badhaichha Creation, Singtam, Mohan Pradhan ' Neeraj', Sansthapak Singtam Basibiyalo,  Bikash Pradhan, International Newar Culture performer and Newar Grammar writer from Namthang, South Sikkim and Shital Pradhan, blogger, Proud to be a Sikkimese.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reshma Subba returns from “Celebration of Excellence” event

SINGTAM, AUGUST 24: Reshma Subba, resident of Ahaley Namthang, South Sikkim has returned from New Delhi after participating at “Celebration of Excellence” event that was held during the Independence Day celebration. Subba along with four students from Sikkim were part of the grand event that had participation of students from different corners of the country.  All the students had received Certificate of Excellence and a certificate of Prime Minister’s letter.
Reshma Subba has extended her gratitude towards Prime Minster of India, Minister, HRDD, Government of India, Chief Minister of Sikkim, HRDD, Government of Sikkim and CBSE Board. She went on to say, she shall always remain grateful towards Principal and teachers of Namthang SSS. It was their effort and blessing that she received an opportunity of a lifetime.
Speaking on the occasion, Reshma Subba said, her biggest moment in her three day visit to New Delhi included a handshake with Smiriti Zubin Irani, Minister, HRDD, Government of India in a award ceremony. Subba said she was very pleased when Minister, HRDD congratulated her along with other students. She further said she felt proud to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Speech at Red Fort on August 15.
Reshma Subba was accompanied by Dharma Raj Subba, father and ND Subba, Uncle. The other students from Sikkim to take part in the event included Diksha Nepal, Songmit Lepcha, Pradeep Tamang and Buddhabir Tamang.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interview of the week: Let's give an anthem to sing, encourage and motivate them: AS Music

Music videos in Sikkim is growing with each passing days and despite collected works of creativity coming from different corners of the state, a small yet beautiful music video  ‘Jiwan mitho cha’ is attracting attention.  Meet Ashis Tamang and Sudershan Sunar (AS Music), young and budding musicians behind the success of music video ‘Jiwan mitho cha’ from soon to be release Nepali album “Vinnata”.   

·         What is Jiwan Mitho Cha?
Jiwan Mitho Cha (life is beautiful) is a voice against SUICIDE and understanding this beautiful gift to mankind called "life". The lyrics of the song is the message saying that although life is full of struggle and problems we still need to wrestle through it and give a chance to life to prevail. Suicide is not the solution. Don't run away from your life; face it, live it. Cheers to life...
·          Any incident related to the song you want to share?
 Well, the song is really close to our heart. The entire composition took just about 10 minutes. The song was composed almost a year and a half ago. This was in fact our (Ashis & Sudershan) first composition together and since then we decided to continue our musical expedition together. The song is soothing to ears and also fills your heart with joy when you sing it. We have sung it for over thousands of time but have never been bored of it. Many came up with prospects of adding more lyrics to the song but we kept it as it was originally written and composed. The simplicity of the song is nursed so that everyone can hear our voice.

·          Why do you think this concept was required?
The idea was to highlight the simplicity and innocence of the children and the old. Whenever I (Sudershan) walked across the road near that school, it brought an immense amount of joy and happiness to me looking at those little kids smiling, playing and enjoying their life. SIKKIM HIMALAYA ACADEMY (Bariakhop, west Sikkim) is where we shot the major part of the song. The idea with which the song was written was so alive in that beautiful school. It's a free school and children come from different places. It gives you great strength looking at the efforts of the teachers and students contributing to the happiness of each other. I couldn't found a better place and environment to deliver the message we wanted to through our song.
·          Any future projects?
Yes, we are working on our album "VINNATA" which is due to be released this October. The album is the compilation of different social issue with a total different sound. You will hear a total new genre; the fusion of metal, rock and classical which we have named as "metro classics". Of course there have been a lot of experimentations on mixing different genres and yes the melody part is taken care of. The lyrics are strong and it would be fun to listen. We hope people like it. Beside this we (AS Music) in collaboration with Hanan Pro are working on a project "KHULLA SADAK -save a child" against human trafficking which will be released very soon.
·          Message to the readers
Change is what is required in our society. Change in our thought against social injustice and discriminations, change in our ideas against religious and cultural differences. We need to raise our voice for the weaker and unfavored class in our society. Let's give them an anthem to sing, encourage and motivate them. We are all the same. Let's not make speculations in terms of money, caste, color or religion. Let us bring small change in ourselves; 'a change for changes'
·          Tell us about yourself.
AS Music are Ashis Tamang and Sudershan Sunar. We do our own compositions, arrange the song and write lyrics. It's basically our own music. Sudershan (SUDA): my hometown is Singtam (Sikkim). I am currently working as a banker in Sikkim State Co-operative (SISCO) Bank Ltd. Ashis: I am from Pedong (Kalimpong) but currently living in Siliguri and working as a music teacher. Beside this I am pursuing my B.A in Indian music and Rock Music. Sabin Tamang is the official manager of AS Music.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Singtam prepares for state level Indra Jatra 2014

SINGTAM, AUGUST 17: A coordination meeting was held at Community Hall, Singtam today to make the final preparation for Indra Jatra, Newar community’s biggest festival. The two phase meeting was arranged by Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014. Indra Jatra Celebration is a state level festival of Newars that will be held on September 8 at Singtam.
Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, General Secretary, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014 was the host of the first phase meeting. Pradhan announced the distribution of work prearranged to different members of Newar Guthis under Singtam – Rangpo Zone. He told in brief about the proposed plan of the Indra Jatra Celebration. HP Pradhan was the Chief Guest of the meeting.
TB Pradhan, President, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014 speaking on the occasion shared the letter send by the Sikkim Newar Guthi informing the permission to host the Indra Jatra 2014 at Singtam. Pradhan added this is a huge responsibility and above all, Newars of Singtam should be proud of this moment. Bikash Pradhan, Newari Langauage expert from Namthang threw some insight about the origin of the Indra Jatra festival that was highly informative to all. Other people to speak on the occasion included MB Pradhan (Duga), Prakash Pradhan (Temi), DB Pradhan (Dung- Dung), LN Pradhan (Rangpo), HP Pradhan and others. Every Guthis had assured full cooperation to make the event a grand celebration.
The second phase meeting was attended by Rohit Kumar Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi, Suren Pradhan, Vice President, Sikkim Newar Guthi and members of Sikkim Newar Guthi from Gangtok. Highlight of the meeting was talks on different issues related to the successful arranging of the festival.  
Rohit Kumar Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi in his word told this is for the very first time that Indra Jatra Celebration is travelling to any other place other than Gangtok. Since last five years, the existence of Kumari (living goddess) had been staying at Gangtok, now she will be traveling to different parts of Sikkim. Singtam takes the honour to receive the Kumari for the first year and it will be after next eight years, she will return to Gangtok. Now on, Indra Jatra will be held at different places of Sikkim for nine years, he said.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turuk United of South Sikkim lifts Late Man Rupa Gurung Memorial Volleyball Tournament "Hill Championship"


It was a wonderful time hosting & coordinating the grand celebration of 68th Independence Day observed at Majhitar School Ground with the colourful cultural programmes by students of Majhitar Secondary School in coordination of teachers, sports & concluded with Final of 3rd Late Man Rupa Gurung Memorial Volleyball Tournament "Hill Championship" which was won by Turuk United of South Sikkim victory over Mamring United. Cash prize of Rs. 50000 & Rs. 30000 with trophy was handed over to winner & runner team respectively.
Zilla Upadhakshya(South) Miss Devi Maya Baraily attended the program as a Chief Guest & Medical Officer of Rangpo PHC Dr. Rojesh Gurung ,with special guest Ward Councillor Majhitar Ward Shri Purna Bdr Chettri.
On the occasion of I-Day MEUYCS presented token of appreciation to Lineman's of Power Department Majhitar ward for their outstanding service for the welfare of Majhitar Public, and thanked every sponsors , supporters & media partners for their contributions in the 68th I-Day.