Sikkim Festival held at IGRMS in Bhopal

Gangtok, 23 Mar:

A 76-member contingent comprising of folk dance troupes of Bhutia, Lepcha, Rai, Tamang, Limboo, Newar, Gurung, along with Lepcha tribal folk fusion band, “Sofiyum”, attended the 42nd Foundation Day celebration of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya [IGRMS] in Bhopal from 21-23 Mar.

A press release informs that the Foundation Day of IGRMS has been named as celebration of Regional Cultures, Cultural Festival of Sikkim organized by IGRMS, Bhopal in collaboration with Tribal Research Institute, Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim.

The Sikkim Festival was inaugurated on 21 Mar and started with Professor LK Anathakrishna Iyer Memorial lecture chaired by Dr SB Chakrabarti from Asiatic Society, Kolkata.

The lecture on the theme “Making of tribe and modern dilemma in studying them” was presented by Professor PK Mishra [Anthropology, Mysore] and was attended by Professor Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri [Director, IGRMS], Professor TB Subba [Department of Anthropology, North East Hill University, Shillong], TT Lepcha [Officer on Special Duty, Primitive Tribe Welfare Board], Ongdup Lepcha [Research Officer, Tribal Research Institute, Sikkim] and other eminent scholars.

Thereafter, a national seminar on “Historicity, Livelihood and emerging social cultural realities of Sikkim: A bordering State in transition” was presented by Professor AC Sinha.

Legal Advisor to the Chief Minister, Sikkim, KT Gyaltsen, attended the inaugural function as chief guest accompanied by Secretary, SJE&WD, Sarala Rai, as special guest.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Gyaltsen, on behalf of the state government, expressed deep gratitude to IGRMS for providing a platform to showcase the rich cultural tradition of Sikkim in the form of folk dance, food and craft, exhibition.

He congratulated the Sangrahalaya for their excellent initiatives on preservation of rich Indian culture under one roof. He thanked the IGRMS for incorporation of Lepcha and Limboo traditional house in the IGRMS complex.

A book titled “The Cultural Heritage of Sikkim” edited by Prof Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Sameera Maiti and Charishma K Lepcha, was also released during the function.

The event featured a colorful folk dance of Sikkim along with presentation of folk numbers by Lepcha folk fusion band, Sofiyum, led by Mikma Tshering Lepcha. Various organic, handicraft and traditional food stalls were also part of the programme.

During the function, a Sikkim corner of exhibition of arts artifacts, photo galleries and library consisting of books on Sikkim was also inaugurated by the chief guest, the release adds.