Yearlong birth centennial celebrations to remember 12th Chogyal to begin Sunday

Sagar Chhetri

Gangtok, 19 May:

The year-long birth centennial celebration of Sikkim 12th king will kick-off with the “Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal Birthday Tribute Ceremony” here on 22 May. The celebration committee has invited people to join the ceremony.

Secretary, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology [NIT], PW Rinzing,informs that 31 community and social organisations are participating in the series of events lined up for the year-long celebration.

He thanked representatives of these organisations for their support, andadded that the Chogyal was the founding president of NIT and had a close relationship with the institute which developed over the 18 years that he headed it as as its president.

The centennial celebration is schedule to start with a free Sowa Rigpa [Amji] Camp of Tibetan medicine at MG Marg on 22 May, followed by a special ceremony at Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal Memorial Park at NIT, Deorali.

Mr Rinzing mentioned that prayers and butter-lamps will be lit at the park from early morning and people from different parts of the State are expected to be a part of the event to pay tribute to the late Chogyal.

Coordinator of the celebration committee, Kiran Rasaily,in turn informed that a series of activities are lined up to mark the year-long centennial celebration which has been divided into four phases.

Literary events and competitions for school and college students along with cultural and musical programmes are planned.

Mr Rasaily highlighted that the favourite sport of the late Chogyal, traditional archery, has also been included in the celebrations.

SK Sarda, an elder of the business community, added that the centennial celebration will also offer an occasion to old settlers of Sikkim to remember and pay tribute to the late Chogyalfor his work for the community.

Likewise, Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Sikkim, president, Rudra Poudyal,said that the late Chogyal had given the Sikkim Subject to every person of Sikkim without discrimination and contributed much to give Sikkimese a stronger sense of identity, contributions for which he deserves to be remembered and celebrated.