Gangtok, 28 Jul:
A State-Level Lepcha Language Literary Competition was organised by Sikkim Lepcha Youth Association at the Primitive Tribe Girls Hostel here at Burtuk on 27 July with HRDD Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha as chief guest and Padmashri Keepu Tshering Lepcha as guest of honour.
The competition was held in three categories - Essay, Poetry and Extempore – among students of various government and private schools from across the State.
The competition was evaluated by a jury comprising of Ugen Shipmoo, President, Sikkim Lepcha Literary Organisation, NT Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Sikkim University, Kachyo Lepcha, Post Graduate Teacher, Pushpa Choden Lepcha, Assistant Professor, NBBDC, and Dikit Lepcha, Post Graduate Teacher.
In the poetry competition, Lyangrip Lepcha from St Xavier School, Leedamit Lepcha from Gor Secondary School and Sangchungma Lepcha from Mangan Senior Secondary School stood first, second and third respectively.
In Essay writing, Mikmar Ookmoo Lepcha from PNG School, Sonam Choda Lepcha from Enchey Senior Secondary School and Pajore Lepcha, Tashiding Senior Secondary School stood first, second and third respectively while in Extempore competition, Palden Lepcha from Tadong Senior Secondary School, Chumkit Lepcha from St Xavier School and Kursongmit Lepcha, Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School, took the top three positions.
The HRDD Minister expressed deep appreciation towards SLYA for organising the programme and through it commemorating the contributions of Late General GB Mainwaring in the field of Lepcha Literature.
He acknowledged the contribution of various Lepcha personalities for their contributions towards Lepcha Literature.
Assuring every possible help and support to the organisation from the State Government, he urged the organisation to work more for the preservation and enrichment of the Lepcha language and literature.
He also congratulated all the students for their participation and appreciated the efforts and hard work of the participating Lepcha language school teachers.
Padmashri Keepu Tshering Lepcha, in her address, spoke about the importance of mother language and emphasized that one should at least develop communication-level skills in it. She urged the gathering, especially the students, to have a clear idea about what they were doing and why they were doing it before stepping into anything.
The event was also addressed by many other guests, all of whom appreciated and urged SLYA to hold more such programmes for the development of the students and the Lepcha language and literature.