Showing posts with label Bhaichung Bhutia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bhaichung Bhutia. Show all posts

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sikkim sports enthusiastic gets interviewed aired in Kolkata Local Channel

Roshan Prasad, 23 yr old from Singtam, Sikkim pursuing his Charter Accountant studies from Institute of Chartered Accounts of India at Kolkata was interviewed in Aakash Bangla Channel, a local TV channel from Kolkata for his collections on cricket and football memorabilia. The program was aired on November 13th at Bengali sports program “Khel at 11”.  Talking from Kolkata, Roshan told it was a pride moment for him to get such appreciation.

Roshan is a budding philatelist from Sikkim whose collection on cricket theme has attracted wider admirers.  His philatelic materials includes a rare withdrawn Bangladesh postage stamp with the unsanctioned ICC logo and second oldest cricket stamp of the world from Pakistan issued in 1962.  Also included in his collection is an Official envelope of the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club which is the second oldest Cricket club of the world after Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

autographed by Sourav Ganguly

Another item of value in Roshan’s unbelievable collection is the medal of honour which was presented by the Cricket Association of Bengal to the former cricketers during its Golden Jubilee celebrations in the year 2005.This was gifted to Roshan by a former cricketer of Bengal Mr. Dipankar Ghosh. Roshan is also designing a “Special Cover” for Mohun Bagan AC to Commemorate 100 years of its IFA Shield triumph over East Yorkshire Regiment.
 autographed by Shyam Thapa

 He has received appreciation letters from the National Cricket Academy, Cricket Association of Bengal and Mohun Bagan AC. He has also received official envelopes of the Tata Football Academy, Mohun Bagan AC, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Press Club of Calcutta. Even official letters of Indian Sports channels like Zee Sports and ESPN Star Sports grace his collection. His autograph collection of players like Bhaichung Bhutia, Shyam Thapa, Surav Ganguly and others is his biggest pride, told Roshan.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pem Dorji…who?

The Gangtok city recently played host to 1st All India Women's Football Championship for Pem Dorjee Memorial Cup at Paljor Stadium from 7th Oct to 15th Oct 2009 that had seven state women teams from Assam, Manipur, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Goa and Sikkim. Manipuri girls defeated Orissa three goals to two in a tie breaker. Though the tournament wasn’t a big affair with the crowds except at the finals, I was more excited for the man behind who the tournament was named after. For the football lovers he was “Nilu” better known as Pem Dorji or Pem Dorjee beyond the state. 

I was at Paljor Stadium watching one of the semi finals where I came across two boys still in their teens behind me chatting over the match and their confusion over the personality of Pem Dorji. They had never come across the name of Pem Dorji and were rather in a belief that the person might be some yesteryear female football player. I was giving ear to their talks with disbelief.  

from a newspaper clip
I share a coincidental meeting with the football great Nilu in his closing days out at STNM Hospital in Gangtok. My mother was also admitted at the same hospital during those days. One fine morning Dhaba (my father’s elder brother) visited my mother at the hospital where on catching me up asked about my blood group. Without any hesitate I replied back “O positive” and he made me to follow him. On our walks along the Hospital Dara he went on to say I was to give blood to Nilu, a football player. I had never heard off the name before and did not reply back, I just followed Dhaba till he reached at one of the private patient cabin of the hospital. I still remember watching a man in blue T-Shirts lying on the patient’s bed and chatting with the visitors. Dhaba greeted him and introduced me and informed about my uninvited presence. Nilu as I had knew by then smiled at me and said they had found the blood donor at that time and would call me if they require me in weeks or so.  I just smiled him back and came out of the room. I never received any phone calls from Nilu or from anyone related to him and in couple of weeks later I got to know from newspaper that Nilu had passed away, he had been battling with cancer. The year than was 2001. 

Pem Dorji was born at Gangtok to Mr. & Mrs. Gyampu T. Chingapa in 1958. He did his schooling in Scotish University Missions Institute in Kalimpong and Pelling Senior Secondary School in West Sikkim.

Pem Dorji had a distinction of becoming the first Sikkimese to captain the Indian national football team in the pre-Olympic tournament held in 1982 at Malaysia. He was part of the first Sikkimese football team at National Championships in 1976. Pem Dorjee was among the first few player from the Hills to had got chance to play at club football at than Calcutta when he played for Mohammadan Sporting Club in the 80s.He later played for many clubs like Mahendra Club of Kathmandu, Kaliks Sporting Team and Shree Paanch Mahendra Police Club. He represented India in the Nehru Gold Cup in the year 1983, 1984-85 and 1988, the President Cup at Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1983-84 and 1987, Chinese Great Wall Cup in 1984, the Asia Cup at Abu Dharabi in 1984 and SAF in 1987. On numerous occasions he was part of Sikkim team wins against the team ranked higher in national stage. 
I still recall reading in newspapers about players like Bhaichung Bhutia and others making efforts in playing charity matches for the fund collection for Pem Dorji’s treatment. In recognition of his outstanding and contribution to the cause of football in the State and country, he was posthumously conferred the Roll of Honour by the State Government in 2002.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bhaichung Bhutia to be felicitated for his 100 international matches

 Sikkimese striker Bhaichung Bhutia, the living legend of Indian football will be felicitated by the All India Football Federation on October 20 at Delhi on completing 100 Indian International caps, the first Indian to do so. According to the information received from and Saurabh Rai, Bhaichung Bhutia is to leave for New Delhi on October 20th itself in early flight.

Bhaichung had successfully captained Indian team and defended his Nehru Cup this year against the mighty Kyrgyzstan. He was also the "Player of the Tournament".

Pic Courtesy- Sikkim Students Association (Kolkata)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Nehru Cup: We Won When It Mattered The Most - Bhaichung Bhutia

Indian skipper Bhaichung Bhutia stated that one of the key reasons why the team has been performing well in the last few years is that there haven’t been many changes...

India have won the Nehru Cup twice and also confirmed their participation in the 2011 Asian Cup by winning the AFC Challenge Cup.

The Nehru Cup Player of the Tournament feels that this has got to do a lot with the same set of players being in the squad.

“We were not very consistent in this tournament but we won when it mattered the most. The team has been doing well for the last two-to-three years. Previously, there have been too many changes in the national set-up and hence no continuity.

“If you see the best teams around the world, they have a fixed set of players. It’s not that those who do well domestically wouldn’t get a chance as in the last camp, we did see a lot of new faces,” said the Sikkimese Sniper.

Bhaichung was all praise for Subrata Paul but added that India need to improve on its defending from set-pieces as they have conceded far too often for anyone’s liking.

“Subrata was outstanding. The best is yet to come from him.”

When asked as how important this win over Syria was, he answered saying,”Every tournament is important. When you win one, you look to the next one. So, we’ll cherish this win and try to win the next.”

Amoy Ghoshal.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I have seen Bhaichung Bhutia grow

Bhaichung Bhutia, the only Indian football player to have played 100 international matches was a class junior to me during my schooling days. When i was in class xii studying at TNSSS as a PCB student he was at class xi at TNA but busy with football boots. I still remember watching him play against our school football team. The year than was 1992-93. The matches between TNSS and TNA was nothing short of what the cricketing world have curiousness when India plays Pakistan. None of the teams wanted to loose.

TNSSS never had that excellent players like Sherap, Ram and Laxuman, the twin brothers and Bhaichung himself that capitulated many famous wins for their school TNA but they could give them a strong fight for the result of the matches. Bhaichung was already a star in his schooling days and his Boys club, the most popular football team at Gangtok.

By the end of 1993 he shifted to Kolkata and he never looked back. So today when i read on newspapers people of all age praising for Bhaichung Bhutia i feel proud and say myself, i have seen this legend of Indian football grow.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Bhaichung Bhutia greeted at Gangtok, Sikkim

Photographs shared by Arpan Pradhan

Bhaichung Bhutia being welcome at Gangtok after winning the dance competition on Sony Channel. The show Jhalak Dhikla Jaa had Bhaichung Bhutia sharing dance stage with many celebrity stars and eventually winning the show with his choreographer Sonia.

Baichung thanks his supporters

from Sikkim Reporter

Padmashri Baichung Bhutia, India’s Ace footballer and now winner of 3rd Jhalak-dekhla-ja thanked all his well wishers in press conference on Sunday at a hotel here. He attributed his success in Jhalak-dekhla-ja to two reasons. One, a good choreographer like Sonia; two, SMS vote support he got from his well wishers in Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other places.

“Within the two months of the dance competition, we (Mohan Bagan) won I-League Supper Cup football”, Baichung told reporters, adding, “I give first preference to football because that is my career while dance is only a part of my experience and now I will be back again playing football”.
Sharing his dancing experience with reporters he said, “When I won the trophy that was my happiest moment but when I first performed in the stage I felt sad because first dance was not in sink with music and track”. He thanked all the judges especially mentioning Saroj Khan “for pointing even minor mistake and thereby giving me opportunity to develop”.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Baichung donates Jhalak money for cyclone victims

from indian express

Shamik Chakraborty

He set the dance floor on fire, and after winning Sony’s Jhalak Dikhla Jaa III and a prize of Rs 40 lakh, Baichung Bhutia donated Rs 1.5 lakh for the cyclone victims to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The Indian football team captain went to the Writers’ Buildings on Monday and met state Urban Development Minister Asok Bhattacharya. The two then met Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Baichung handed over the cheque to the CM.

“I have given my choreographer Sonia Rs 20 lakh, because I owe this victory to her. The rest I will donate to different trusts. Cyclone Aila has devastated Bengal. It’s time to stand by the victims and I would like to contribute in my small way,” Baichung said. He also urged other footballers to come forward in this moment of crisis.

When asked about cricketers, Baichung side-stepped the question. “Everybody should come forward and offer help,” he replied.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Baichung Bhutia to have a Jhalak victory celebration at Gangtok on June 13

Baichung Bhutia, Indian soccer captain and his choreographer Sonia after winning Sony's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 trophy is set to celebrate their win along with the fans of Sikkim at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok on June 13. Chief Minister Pawan Chamling is expected to grace the occasion.

Bhaichung had went on to become the first male winner of Jhalak. The final episode of this season Dikhhla Jaa will be telecast on Sunday

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Gangtok sends 50,000 votes for Baichung's victory on 'Jhalak'

from India-Forums
Gangtok, May 5 As many as 50,000 SMS votes have been cast in the past two weeks for Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia from this Sikkim capital alone to ensure his win on Sony TV's reality dance show 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa'.

Gangtok, May 5 (IANS) As many as 50,000 SMS votes have been cast in the past two weeks for Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia from this Sikkim capital alone to ensure his win on Sony TV's reality dance show 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa'.

With the competition getting tougher, people have started a mega campaign in Sikkim and in the hills of neighbouring West Bengal to garner support for the Sikkim football star.

According to Thukchuk Lachungpa, president of the social organisation Citizens Forum, vouchers worth Rs.150,000 were bought to vote for Baichung.

'Citizens Forum has taken the responsibility to ensure that the son of Sikkim wins the reality show. He has shown considerable commitment towards dancing and is doing everything that a footballer can do to be a dancer,' said Lachungpa.

According to Lachungpa, the football player was lagging behind in the show because of lack of votes and that is why Citizens Forum decided to back him up.

The forum is being supported by local cable network, Nayuma Television, as well as organisations like the Tibetan Youth Club and the United Sikkim Soccer Club.

'It is a similar case to Prashant Tamang (winner of 'Indian Idol 3'). People from all walks of life voted for Prashant along with people in Assam, Dehradun and the West Bengal hills. We want the same response for Baichung,' said Lachungpa.

Citizens Forum has planned meetings with the representatives of the Prashant Fan Club in Darjeeling and Kalimpong in next few days and will campaign in the northeast region where Baichung has a large fan following.

'Kolkata and the various football associations are voting for Baichung, which is not enough if we want him to win. Mass voting is scheduled for this Friday at Hotel Himalayan Heights where people are welcome to vote through SMS as recharge coupons will be provided by the Citizens Forum,' he added.

The organisations that had supported Prashant for 'Indian Idol' will now rally behind Baichung as well, he said.

'We have enough funds in place to carry out a large scale campaign for Baichung. What we need is more proactive support realising the 'urgency' and the same kind of frenzy, which was witnessed during campaigning for Prashant. We can do Sikkim's son proud by showing our support,' said Lachungpa.

A grand musical extravaganza has also been planned at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok for the finale, which is scheduled for the last week of May.

A similar campaign was carried out for Debojit Saha, winner of Zee TV's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005' and 'Indian Idol 4' winner Sourabhee Debbarma too.

The third season of 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa' went on air Feb 27 with 12 contestants from different walks of life such as sports, films, fashion and music, among others, and they teamed up with professional dance partners to perform on the show. Out of 12, seven have been eliminated.

Baichung and his partner Sonia are competing with Hard Kaur-Savio, Parul Chauhan-Deepak, Karan Singh Grover-Nicole S. Alvares and Gauhar Khan-Himanshu for the title.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Bhaichung Bhutia can dance!!

Pappu can't dance sala but Bhaichung Bhutai can. Except for some facial expression Bhaichung did some fantastic job. Bhaichung managed step by step to his choreographer Sonia Jaffrey. It was for the very first time Bhaichung Bhutia was performing in television apart from doing some soccer chat shows. The third season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa aired on Sony TV had something surprised for its viewer when they roped the soft spoken Bhaichung who was the last moment replacement for another sportsman Vijendra Singh and as Bhaichung told he wanted to overcome his fear on dancing. Great going Agya Bhaichung. We love you.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 : Twelve months and twelve news


-->This is a list of twelve news that i felt was the highlight of the year. It was not easy to pick up single news from each month but if my fellow readers help me to make another list of events that was missed i am sure it would be a nice idea.

January : 10-kg radish grown in Sikkim

February : The Best Tourism Performing State

March : 1st International Flower Show concludes

April : Bhaichung Bhutia a hero for Tibetans

May : Prashant Rasaily loses in the finals of Gateway Acclaimed director Anurag Basu presents the young filmmaker from Sikkim with a Bollywood script

June : Rousing homecoming reception for the Everesters


August : Gompa Dara Lake in West Sikkim disappearsLake disappearance in Uttarey leaves villagers baffled

September: Sikkim closes for a day in support of their CM

October : Nepal boys won Governor's Gold Cup but Army wins heart

November: Those early man tools found in Sikkim!

December: Sikkim mourn as former princess passes away

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Photo features of 30th All India Governor's Gold Cup