Gangtok, 08 Aug (IPR):
On the occasion of TendongLho Rum Faat celebration at Saramsa Garden today, Chief MinisterPawanChamling visited the altar ofTendong hill and offered prayers amidst chanting by bongthings.
The program began with welcome address by president, Tendong Lho Rum Faat Celebration Committee, DawchoLepcha followed by brief introduction to the historical significance of TendongLho Rum Faat by Chopel Lepcha. The program was also addressed bypresident Renjyong Mutanchi RongTarjum,NT Lepcha. The Chief Minister was also felicitated during the occasion by the Organising Committee.
A book titled 'Introduction of Linguistics and Phonetics of Lepcha Language Vol. No. 2' by Saldong Lepcha was released on the occasion by the Chief Minister.
Tar Tshering Lepcha was awarded the prestigious Tendong Award in recognition of his lifelong dedication and commitment to the development of the Lepcha community.
Likewise, the General G.B. Mainwaring Lepcha Literary Award was presented toSaldongLepcha honouring his outstanding achievement in the field of Lepcha language and literature.
The Mayal Marnue Award was presented toNorzangLepcha for his visionary and committed role in Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association.
Norden Lepcha was felicitated on the occasion for his valuable contribution to Lepcha music.
The chief guest also presented certificates and mementoes to the three best dance troupes which participated in the three-day festival. The three troupes namely Mayal Lyang Lepcha Development Board, West Bengal, Sonamati Memorial Government School Khamdong and Ringhim Senior Secondary School presented ethnic dances and added colour and festivity to the event.