GANGTOK, 17 JAN:
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia inaugurated the three-day"Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival, 2019" here at MGMarg today. The Carnival is being organised by the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department in coordination with the Culture Department.
The Minister inaugurated the three-day Carnival by beating the Chabrung, a traditional musical drum, and releasing of doves for peace and prosperity. He then declared the Carnival open.
After the formalities, Secretary for the Tourism Department, TT Bhutia said that the event offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages. Under the vision of Chief Minister PawanChamlingto make Sikkim a year round tourist destination, this carnival showcases the rich culture, tradition and heritage of our state, he added.
Along with this we get to witness a wide range of promising talents emerging from all corners of Sikkim, said Mr Bhutia.
The Tourism Secretary said that this year's carnival also has participants from Bhutan, Nepal, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and GangjongDoeghar, Kalimpong.
He also extended his sincere gratitude to those present and who have been involved in organizing the event, and also toward Sikkim Police for always ensuring that the carnival runs smoothly.
The inaugural ceremony also saw the presentation of the “DropaDrodung”, a native drum-dance of the Tibetan Community. It was performed by GangjongDoeghar, a group of artists from Kalimpong. Likewise, artists of the Taal Music Academy, Namchi performed the Marunidance, artists of the G# School of Performing Arts Gangtok presented a violin performance, followed by an enthralling Snow Lion Dance by artists of GangjongDoeghar, Kalimpong.
The Tourism Minister unveiled the five-foot tall statue of Red Panda - the State Animal and the official mascot of the Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival. This will be a permanent feature on MG Marg.
Mayor from the neighbouring country of Nepal, ManjuBhandari, and Executive Director, ChortenDorji, Handicrafts Association of Bhutan were present as special invitees and each were presented a replica of the Red Panda, the official mascot of the Carnival by the chief guest, as a mark of respect and appreciation.
Movie buffs and budding filmmakers can head to Manan Kendra which will be hosting the Sikkim Film Festival. Food lovers can try different types of cuisines in various hotels and restaurants observing the Sikkim Food Festival. Additionally, IHM at Sajong and Hotel Mt. Jopunu at PS Road are organising a three-day basic program on preparation of different food items.
Live demonstrations by local artisans under the guidance of the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, entertainment corners for kids, for those into fitness; morning fitness programmes and those simply looking to have a good time, DJ nights and fashion show by Miss Sikkim contestants are a few major attractions taking place during the carnival.
The display of organic products at Manan Kendra will also be one of the highlights of the carnival. The cultural and musical extravaganza will have performances by local artistes and bands.
STDC is conducting helicopter joy rides where locals as well as visitors can grab the chance to take to the skies for a sight-seeing flight overlooking the beautiful landscape of Gangtok. Additionally, shops and establishments will be offering attractive carnival discounts.