Geyzing, Dec 3
The 2nd Tyongsi Sreejunga Statue Foundation Day was celebrated today here at Tyongsi Sreejunga Statue premises, Hee – Gaon, West Sikkim.
The event was graced by PHE minister Bhim Hang Subba as the chief guest. Area MLA and Agriculture minister Loknath Sharma was also present at the event along with other dignitaries, Limboo scholars, students, and others.
At the outset ministers, dignitaries and the people from Limboo community offered prayer at Sreejunga statue premises.
The president of statue foundation day celebration committee, Sudesh Limboo informed that the event was organized to remember and pay homage to Limboo scholar Tyongsi Sreejunga for his contribution towards development, upliftment and propagation of Limboo language and literature in West Sikkim. He stated that the event was also initiated for bringing Limboo community at a platform to make them the part of age old cultural and traditional practices.
A member of the organizing committee placed the demands regarding constructions of necessary infrastructures around Tyongsi Sreejunga statue premises such as study centre, library and Manghim (Limboo community’s temple) and provision of Phedangma (Limboo priest) at the centre.
Bhim Hang Subba speaking at the event mentioned that community based religious and cultural initiatives are necessary to keep alive the age old customs and traditions and unique identity of a community. He added that participation of youth for protection and propagation of Limboo language, literature and culture is necessary as our distinct identity in the form of culture and traditions must be passed on to coming generation.
On the demands of early completion of Tyongsi Sreejunga Project, Bhim Hang Subba informed that a delegation of Limboo community had apprised the chief minister P.S Golay about the subject recently and the chief minister has assured that all the left out works under the project would be initiated very soon by the state government.
Without naming the former SDF government, Bhim Hang maintained that everybody is aware of the fact that who was responsible for leaving the project at limbo betraying Limboo community of the state. He expressed that SKM government is committed to execute remaining works under the project. He mentioned that any religious and cultural event should not be politicalized as in the tenure of the former SDF government and the flags of political party must not be carried to the cultural and religious events.
Calling for unity among Limboo community, Bhim Hang Subba said that limboo community’s organizations should work in tandem for upliftment and development of our culture, language and literature.
Minister Loknath Sharma in his address maintained that the former SDF government had left the ambitious Tyongsi Sreejunga Project incomplete and asserted that the SKM government would work to complete the project considering the demands of the Limboo community. He assured that all the necessary infrastructural development at the statue site would be initiated by the state government. He also announced that Mahatma Sreejunga cave of Martam – Reshi would be developed as a religious tourism destination and the state government is working to that purpose. He informed that in the honour of Limboo community some important developmental announcements regarding Tyongsi Sreejunga is anticipated to be made on the occasion of 315th birth anniversary of Tyongsi Sreejunga scheduled to be observed at Martam on 12th December.
The attraction of the event was a cultural programme. Performances on traditional themed based chyabrung dance (keylang) competition, inter-school literary and scholastic competitions along with performances on limboo traditional songs and dances such as Yah – rak, Tam – ahk, khyaalee and palam were other extravaganzas of the programme.
The winners of the competitions were given cash prizes and certificates of appreciation by the organizing committee.