Gangtok, 11/11/2019: A two month long event to commemorate the completion of 25 years of existence of Sikkim Newar Guthi concluded yesterday. Number of events such as Newar Folk Dance, Newar Musical Instrument, State Level Open Talent Hunt and Bhaju & Maeju Sikkim Competitions were organized. Cleanliness Drive and Awareness programmes were held at various Sakha level on 2nd October 2019.
The Grand Finale of all the competitions were held at Manan Bhawan on 9th November 2019 and was graced upon by the Hon’ble Minister, Buildings & Transport, Shri Sanjit Kharel as the Chief guest. 7 teams under Newar dance, 4 individual performances under Newar Instrument, 18 participants under State Level Open Talent Hunt and 10 competitors each under Bhaju and Maeju Sikkim had competed for the most coveted trophies. Newa Bhay Bowneykuthi, Singtam won the 1st prize under the Newar Dance competition, while Rongli and Timberbong Sakhas won the 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. Babita Pradhan of Rongli won the 1st prize under the Newar Instrument Competition. The title of Bhaju and Maeju Sikkim was conferred on Pragesh Pradhan, Ravangla and Rabina Pradhan, Singtam respectively. The first prize under the Open Talent Hunt Competition was awarded to Anand Gurung (Rapper), while the 2nd and 3rd prize was won by Sneha Bansal (Dancing) and Milan Bishwakarma (Singing) respectively. Six consolations prizes were also awarded. Amidst these, EMRS School Gangyap made a scintillating Choir performance which left the entire crowd awed by the level of talent of these tribal students.
Grand programme was organized on 10th November 2019. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) could not attend the function due to his pre-occupation and he was represented by Shri Arun Upreti, Honble Minister, Urban Development & Food as the Chief Guest. On this occasion, Founder Pioneers and Founder Members were felicitated for the contribution and pain they took to establish this Great Institute. Advisory Council members, past and present Executive members, Zonal Presidents were also felicitated for their contribution to the cause of Newars of Sikkim. For their outstanding contribution in the field of language, culture, tradition and food, Dentam, Melli and Singtam Sakha Guthis were felicitated with Citations. Academic excellence in Class X was given to Master Pravesh Pradhan, Tadong and in Class XII to Master Kshitij Pradhan, Dentam. Silver Jubilee Edition Souvenir magazine “Smarika”, Quarterly Magazine “PAU”, Commercial pickles as well as website of Sikkim Newar Guthi “www.sikkimnewarguthi.org” was launched by the Chief Guest.
The celebrations ended with Grand Musical Evening being organized at Manan Bhawan on both 9th and 10th November 2019. Renowned artists with the likes Suresh Kumar, Pushpan Pradhan, Banika Pradhan, Remanti Rai among others made sparkling some performances which left the entire crowd overwhelmed and delighted. The events were graced upon by the Hon’ble Minister, Forest, Shri Karma Loday Bhutia and Hon’ble Minister, Education and Land Revenue, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha as Chief guests respectively. The entire two month long events were held in a most eco-friendly manner without the use of plastics and other non-biodegradable substances.