Nitesh R Pradhan
Singtam, July 20
Valedictory program on twenty days Newa workshop on Language, Food and Dance ended with joy and enthusiasm. The last day of the program had exhibition of newa food items prepared by the trainees of the workshop. Newa dance and presentation of mementos to the teachers was the other highlight of the day.
More than twenty six members of newa community from in and around Singtam had registered for the workshop. The program was organised by Newa Bhay Bowneykuti, Singtam. Laxmi Sakya, Member, Newa Deya Dabu, Tamsipakha, Kathmandu and Yogbir Sakya, Kalimpong were the two teachers for the twenty days long Newa Workshop. Laxmi Sakya taught on preparation of food items and dance while Yogbir Sakya taught newa language.
The program started with the lightening of a lamp followed by Saraswati Bandana. Binod Pradhan, President, Newa Bhay Bowneykuti, Singtam gave the welcome speech. Report presentation of the workshop was provided by Ajit Pradhan, General Secretary, NBB. Seema Pradhan was the host while Ravi Pradhan gave the vote of thanks.
Anmol Pradhan was presented with 100% Attendance Award. Newa dance was presented by Aadarsh Pradhan, Reshma Pradhan and Tanishka Pradhan. The trainee students from the food learning class exhibited food items prepared by themselves and explained the recipe before the gathered crowd. Laxmi Sakya and Yogbir Sakya appreciated the efforts of the Newars of Singtam and spoked about preservation of culture and custom for future generation.