Read and Grow Season 2gets underway

Priyanjali Mangar Thapa

Gangtok, 19 May:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Student Wing’stwo-day literary fest‘Read and Grow Season 2’beganat Manan Kendra today. Students from different schools and colleges, as well as bibliophiles from in and around the town walked in making it the biggest Literary Fest ever organized in Sikkim.

Different events were underway at four locations spread across the venue. Infront of the entrance gate, an organization called Organization of Musicians and Artists of Sikkim (OMAS) had an open stage where students sang, rapped and even beat-boxed.The students cheered each other making the venue come alive with music and good vibes.

Inside the mini hall, poem recitation competition was underway. It was divided into three categories i.e., school, college and open categories. The panel of judges for the poem recitation competition included Tempo Bhutia, Kishan Dahal, Sandup Lepcha and Dr. Vaidyanath Nishant. In the school category, Shrijan Pradhan and Alisha Sharma tied in the first place and Dechen Wangmu Tamang was placed second. In the college category,Yapchungla Bhutia secured the first position, Bhojraj Adhikari and Saptaparna Gupta tied for the second position and Niyar Snigdhu Pathak was placed third.

In the open category Puja Bista secured the first position, followed by Binita Dorjee and Bhupendra Sharma as second and third respectively.

Shirjan Pradhan from West Point Senior Secondary School who secured first position in the school category while sharing his experience said, ‘I am so happy that I performed well and stood first in school category. Read and Grow has created an amazing platform where we had this chance to compete with students from different schools. I wrote this poem to recite here today. Had it not been for this fest, I wonder if I would have ever written this poem.’

From all the three categories the first position holders will be performing in the main hall tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a panel discussion was going on in the main hall where the topic was ‘Contemporary traits in Himalayan writing’ and the different kinds of literature we as Sikkimese can write. The discussion had writers Satyadeep Chettri, Pankaj Giri, Ajit Baral and professor Anurag Basnet where the students interacted with them.

This was followed by cultural dance performances by six different colleges in the main hall, where only three teams got selected for the finale which will be held tomorrow.

In the Central Library, the students from middle school were taught ‘DIYs’ and crafts. There was also a story telling session for kindergarten children which was conducted by the librarians.

“The students who are visiting are all keen to learn and make things. We helped them to make paper flowers, pen stands, wood charts, different types of charts and many more things. I’m sure they enjoyed and at least learnt something from here,” said an intern at the Central Library, Hangsha Hang Limboo.

Stalls were setup by different communities where they presented their literary books, even newspapers and magazines. There were also stalls of organizations like OMAS and Dirty Angels Motorcycle Club.