Gyalshing, 20 Aug (IPR): The 27th Nepali Bhasa Manyata Diwas organized by Paschim Sikkim Sahitya Prakashan and Sikkim Akademi was celebrated in a grand manner at the Community Hall of Gyalshing in West Sikkim today.
Hon’ble Administrative Advisor to HCM, Shri M.P. Subba, attended the programme as chief guest and Chairman, State Bank of Sikkim, Shri D.B. Gurung, as guest of honor. Also present as distinguished guests were Shri I.K. Neopaney (Chairman, GMC), Shri Karma R. Bonpo (DC, West) and Padma Shri Shri Kedar Gurung (President, Sikkim Akademi) along with other officials and dignitaries.
Chief guest Shri M.P. Subba in his address spoke on the importance of language and how it impacts our lives. He mentioned that the ‘Nepali Bhasa Manyata Diwas’ has been possible because of Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari and his wife Smt. Dil Kumari Bhandari whose selfless efforts have led to the creation of the ’27th Nepali Bhasa Manyata Diwas’ possible.
He also spoke on how as a Nepali speaking community are we prepared to take our literature to the next level and be ready to relate the literature to the coming generations. He mentioned that it is important for the Nepali Literary Societies to reach new heights and conquer new avenues of literature which would be aligned with the thoughts and ideas of the coming generations.
He then stated that language and literature needs to have the freedom to work and hence the literary figures of the modern Nepali Community needs to understand that they have the responsibility to make Nepali Language more popular amongst the youngsters. He also urged the educational institutions to focus on languages as they are treasures of our past and needs to be kept safe for the future generations.
Shri Subba congratulated the organisers for a successful event and all the participants for their active participation in the event.
Chairman, SBS, Shri D.B. Gurung, also addressed the gathering on the contributions done by famous personalities of Nepali Literature and their sacrifices towards the language. He acknowledged the role and extensive contributions of former Chief Minister Late N.B. Bhandari and Smt. Dil Kumari Bhandari for her active role in the inclusion of Nepali Language in the Constitution of India. He also spoke on the contributions of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya towards Nepali Literature.
Shri Bhagi Rath Rawat of Kalimpong, West Bengal was felicitated for his literary works and his contributions towards Nepali Language by Paschim Sikkim Sahitya Prakashan and Sikkim Akademi.
Books written by Shri Bhagi Rath Rawat titled ‘Baas Salki Rahey Cha’, ‘Mato ko Maya’and ‘Laptop’ were released by the chief guest and the guest of honor along with other dignitaries.
The programme also had an array of cultural dances, songs, poem recitations and literary works.
Lastly, the participants were also given certificates and tokens of appreciation by the chief guest and guest of honor on behalf of the organizing committee.