SINGTAM, JULY 19: Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, Nepali literary writer was honoured at 201st Bhanu Jayanti Celebration at Singtam. Somanth Poudhyal, Agriculture Minister cum Area MLA, Singtam – Khamdong Constituency presented a shawl and a felicitation letter to Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’. Also present on the occasion were CK Shrestha, dramatist, Am Prasad Sharma, former MLA, Deo Kumar Dumi, TB Pradhan, Sawan Pradhan and others.
Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’ was felicitated for his contribution towards Nepali literature and encouraging youngsters towards the field of culture and literature irrespective of geographical boundaries. Neeraj is the Sansthapak of Singtam Basibiyalo that has been a platform for youngsters for over a decade; he is also the publisher and editor of nepali literary magazine ‘Hatar’ and ‘Sanjiwani’ published from Singtam.
Neeraj in his speech has thanked the Bhanu Jayanti Celebration Committee; he further went on to say this recognition holds a special place in his heart. There had been appreciations within the state and beyond but this is for the first time, my home town has remembered me and this honour shall always remain close to my heart, said Neeraj.
The other major highlight of the event was the felicitation of meritious students of class x and xii. The official logo of Sikkim Academy of Music (SAM) was also released on the day. A musical fusion of Guitar and Tabla by Sonam Waiba and Dinesh Dahal was highly appreciated. The musical fusion was attempted for the very first time in Sikkim, where Sonam Waiba created the sound of sitar from his guitar. The Bagpiper School Band performed by the students of Sirwani SS was the biggest discovery of the 201st Bhanu Jayanti Celebration at Singtam.