Sikkim gears up for yearlong centennial birth anniv celebration of ChogyalPaldenThondupNamgyal life

Sagar Chhetri

Gangtok, 04 Apr:

Sikkim is gearing up for a yearlong celebration of Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal's life and contributions as his former kingdom enters his centennial birth anniversary.

A year-long Miwang Denjong Chogyal Chempo Palden Thondup Namgyal Centennial Celebration was announced at a press conference today with the celebration committee chaired by his youngest daughter, Hope Leezum Namgyal.

The Centennial Celebration, staggered into four phases, will be held from 22 May 2022 to 22 May 2023.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology will be the main implementing agency of the Centennial Celebrations, the press conference held at NIT informed. The late Chogyal was the founder-president of NIT.

Today, Ms Namgyal also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the celebration committee as a contribution from the members of the royal family.

Addressing the press conference, Ms Namgyal spoke about the love of her late father for the people of Sikkim and his contributions which have left an indelible mark on Sikkim.

Secretary NIT, PW Rinzing, who is also the vice-chairperson of the celebration committee, also spoke about the late Chogyal's contributions to Sikkim and of how as the founder-president, he established NIT as a leading institute of research and also how his vision delivered many institutions of repute to the State apart from also laying a strong foundation for Sikkimese identity which the people carry to this day.

Former technocrat Kiran Rasaily, who is officiating as the coordinator of the Centennial Committee, detailed that the year-long celebration has been divided into four quarters, starting with a special ceremony on 22 May at Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal Memorial Park here at Deorali.

On that day, NIT will open an exhibition of Namgyal dynasty photographs and also host a free Sowa Rigpa Camp at MG Marg.

The first quarter of the celebrations will continue till August [Summer/Monsoon] and include inter-college and inter-school quiz competitions on the history of Sikkim and literary events in collaboration with local literary organisations and clubs.

In the second quarter [September to November (Autumn)], the highlights will be photography and painting exhibitions and release of a booklet on the life and contributions of the Chogyal.

Archery and cultural events at Crown Prince Tenzing Memorial Ground, Tathangchen, and handicrafts and art exhibition and release of Calendar 2023 with paintings/ photographs dedicated to Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal will come in the third quarter of the celebrations from December to February [Winter].

The final quarter of the celebration will close the centennial ceremony at Manan Kendra with some important events like release of the coronation book, a documentary film show and the release of a book on the Chogyal.