Gangtok, Jan 10
A 93-member contingent from Sikkim has left today to represent the State in the 23rd National Youth Festival to be held from 12 to 16 January at Lucknow. National Youth Festival is organized every year on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in the month of January. The 23rd edition of the National Youth Festival is being jointly organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India in collaboration with the Youth Welfare Department, Uttar Pradesh, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme government of India.
A 93-member team from Sikkim including 60 men and 33 women including six NSS Volunteers have been representing the State this time. Sikkimese artists are participating in competitive events of folk song, folk dance, One Act Play, Classical Vocal (Solo), Classical Instrument (Solo), Guitar and Elocution (Extempore). Sikkim artists will also present dance of Lepcha, Bhutia and Tamang during the non-competitive events.
It added that the aim of the festival was to connect the youth of the country with the mainstream of the Nation. “Youth Utsav” not only provide a common platform to the youth, but also provide them an opportunity to showcase their cultural skills and courageous talent.
Interacting the artists, Secretary to Sports & Youth Affair Department, Kuber Bhandari expresses his happiness and thanks the government for giving permission to participate and showcase talents of the youth of the State in the national level. He further advised artists to show their best with full potential and maintain the dignity, decorum, punctuality and prestige of the State.
The state contingent has been accompanied by SYA Department Joint Director, Dr RB Bishwakarma as Nodal Officer along with Assistant Director, Kunzang Gyatso Bhutia and PET Rinchen Bhutia of SYA Department.