Gangtok, 8th February (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) laid the foundation stone of Sikkim Theater Training Center and did bhumi pujan at Tamla, Assam Linzey, today. The program was organized by the National School of Drama, Sikkim.
In the august presence of Minister of Culture, Shri. Samdup Lepcha and Minister for Health Dr. M. K. Sharma. The foundation stone laying ceremony had the special presence of madam C. M. Smt. Krishna Kumari, MLA Namchebung Shri Em Prashad Dulal, Chairman Miss Pooja Sharma, Secretary to Chief Minister Shri. S. D. Dhakal, ADC Development Smt. Radha Pradhan, among a host of other dignitaries from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, retired Secretaries and the local masses of the constituency.
The Chief Minister was pleased to grace the said program as it was a historic event under Namcheybung Constituency. In his speech, he shared his gratefulness to the people of the constituency for providing the land to construct the Sikkim Theater Training Center measuring land of four and a half acres at Tamla. He mentioned that the coming generation will benefit from the progressive, liberal and indigenous policy boosting their knowledge scale, competitive spirit, scientific temper employment opportunities and technological development
While addressing the gathering he said that it is a special honor and pleasure to be a part of such a project and extended his good wishes and heartiest congratulations to the National School of Drama, Sikkim and also to the people of Sikkim with whom the Sikkim Training Theater Center will enjoy a long history of warmth and development.
He also talked about the progress made by the Sikkim Government in the field of Health and Education and mentioned that State Government has prioritized the health and education sector as long-term development. He announced that the State Government will support the organization during the construction of the Sikkim Theater Training Center which has been provided to the National School of Drama free of cost by the Government of Sikkim. He stressed that the Government is fully committed to the development of art culture education. He expressed happiness that the project is being created for the development of our children. He stressed that the facility will cater exclusively to the children of Sikkim. He urged the local body to fully involve themselves in the construction process, and apprise the government if any bottleneck arises. He assured that the Government will lend all possible support for the project.
Minister Shri. Lepcha while speaking on the occasion highlighted some key points such as how this project of NSDS will be an advantage to our State. This project will cater various opportunities to the students and children of our State to come forward showcasing their hidden talents. Also, this will benefit the local gentry in their socio-economic development, he added. And he urged the society to support the National School of Drama, Sikkim and National School of Drama, Delhi to make this project successful.
Prof. Suresh Sharma, Director, NSD, Delhi thanked the villagers AMD the Sikkim Government for providing land to work on it and to upgrade in the field of art and culture. He informed that there are four such training centers in India, and Sikkim is one of them. He also said that in near future it can be a tourist spot that will showcase the unique tradition and culture of the country and state.
Earlier, a welcome address was delivered by Shri Bipin Kumar, Center Director, NSD Delhi. Where he shared a short journey of his being in Sikkim and how Sikkim Sahitya Parishad has developed so far.
The program also had the audio clip where the audio message was delivered by Shri Paresh Rawal, chairman NSD, Delhi. Due to some unavoidable circumstances he could not visit Sikkim and attend the program.