Anita Niraula to get Dr Shova Kanti Thegim Smriti Puraskar

Gangtok, 11 Jun:

Senior newsreader with All India Radio, Gangtok, Anita Niraula, will be conferred with the 21st Dr Shova Kanti Thegim [Lepcha] Smriti Purashkar 2018 for her book, “black n white Sikkim-maa Sangeetbhitrakaa haru” [research work], in a function scheduled to be held on 04 Jul this year at Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Sikkim, in Gangtok.

A press release informs that Ms Niraula’s name has been approved in a meeting of the Dr Shova Kanti Thegim [Lepcha] Memorial Trust held on 08 Jun in Gangtok as recommended by the Selection Committee of the Trust.

It may be mentioned here, Dr Shova Kanti Thegim Smriti Purashkar is presented annually on 04 Jul on the birth anniversary of Late Dr Thegim and carries a cash award, a Tamra Patra and a certificate.

During the Trust’s meet on 08 Jun, resolution to enhance the existing cash award of Rs 20,002 to Rs 25,001 from this year was also passed unanimously by the House.

As per the provision of the Trust’s Constitution, only books in Nepali language written/authored by all levels of writers belonging to the State of Sikkim and of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal and published during the calendar years of 2014, 2015 and 2016 are eligible for the award for this year.

Born to Late Bir Bahadur Chettri and Late Muna Chettri on 11 Aug 1958 in Kurseong, Ms Niraula completed her schooling from St Joseph’s School, Kurseong. Ms Niraula became a regular child artist of AIR Kurseong at the tender age of 06-07 years with her landing platform being the Radio’s children's programme, “Baal Mela”. She was also crowned Miss Kurseong in a beauty contest conducted by AIR Kurseong for girls upto the age of 15 years in the 60s.

Having pursued her higher education from Loreto College in Darjeeling and B.Ed. from Ramkrishna College, Darjeeling, Ms Niraula has also rendered services in Tashi Namgyal Higher Secondary School and later in Law Department, Government of Sikkim as translator. She resigned from the State Government and joined AIR Gangtok in 1989 as a newsreader under regular establishment where she served till her superannuation in Aug 2017.

Over her assigned duties in AIR, her assistance was sought for by different organizers of literary, cultural and musical programmes for hosting the shows. One of her memorable roles include her anchor role in musical show, “Geet ani Geetangay”, hosted by Cultural, Arts & Dramatist Organisation of Sikkim [CADOS], Gangtok from the 90s.

She also produced a 55-minute documentary film on PM 20 Point Programme in 1986 thus becoming the first woman documentary film producer in Sikkim.

Ms Niraula’s book, “black n white Sikkim-maa Sangeetbhitrakaa haru”, was published in 2014 and is also the Dr Shova Kanti Thegim [Lepcha] Memorial Trust’s award winning book of the year 2018.

She has been awarded with the Shobha Rai Bardewa Award for Investigative Journalism by Himalchuli Group of Industries, Sikkim in 2015 and has been felicitated by Press Club of Sikkim under “Women Achievers” in 2017.