SINGTAM: Monthly literary forum Basibiyalo that has been a huge success among the crowds in and around Singtam completed its 27th monthly meets today at East Point SSS. The highlight of the day was the felicitation of Miss Pooja Sharma from Rangpo in presence of noted Nepali cine actor Uttam Pradhan and Bishal Chamling. The other guests present on the occasion were Maha Kavi Chakrapani Bhattarai, SK Pakhrin, noted folk song singer from Sikkim and Pradip Subba, President Singtam Motor Vehicle Association. Also present on the occasion were members of Spark NGO represented by Praveen Pradhan, President, Nangshel Sherpa, Vice President and Rajni Pradhan, the General Secretary. The cultural activities were hugely applauded by the huge assembled crowds and drew immense attention at the day long program.
Mohan Pradhan “Niraj” talking to this reporter told that Basibiyalo has succeeded in making its mark among its followers. This literary forum for over a period has provided platform for inspiring performers in different fields of dancing, singing and Nepali literary works. We would love to provide opportunity to anyone who wants to perform in our monthly forum. The Basibiyalo forum had started felicitating persons with extraordinary talents and since the last five meets they had been honouring one personality every month, added Pradhan. Pradhan went on to announce the initiating of lifetime achievement awards at Basibiyalo.
The 27th Basibiyalo marked the felicitating of Pooja Sharma, a student from Rangpo who had recently won the Tilottamma Jury Special and the Statesman Photogenic Face Awards 2010. The competition was organised by Uttar Annanda Bazar Patrika and The Statesman at Uttar Banga Marwari Bhawan at Siliguri. She was presented khada and felicitation memento by the duo of Uttam Pradhan and Bishal Chamling. In her speech, Pooja Sharma thanked the team of Basibiyalo for instituting such felicitation that would encourage people like her to do better in days to come.
Speaking on the occasion every distinguished guest congratulated the team of Basibiyalo and wished them much success. Indian Idol 5 participant Prakash Sundas from Gangtok enthralled the gathered crowds with Hindi and Nepali songs. Yankee Tamang from Singtam, Tripti Diyali from Namchi, Sandhya Lamichaney and groups from Khamdong, Chambrung dance and Subba dance from Lower Reshep (South Sikkim) and Banshika Rai (6 year old) from Singtam were the other dance performers of the day that were highly enjoyed by the audience. Pahlad Poudyal, Radha Pradhan, Anirudh Sharma Kaushik and Dev Narayan Sharma read their Nepali poems before the forum.