Monday, October 29, 2007


NAMCHI, October 27: Come November 1 and Namchi will revel in the 4th Namchi Mahotsav, a tourism and cultural festival of the year.
This is one festival which brings the district together and preparations are going on in full swing.
The three-day festival will feature a number of events like Flower Shows, Traditional Food Plaza, Cultural Shows, Musical nights, Trekking to nearby places, Handicrafts and many rural and fun sports.
The festival will also include Under 14 fashion show for different ethnic groups of the State.
With the main objective of promoting tourism in Namchi and its peripheral areas, the festival has focussed in the State’s rich cultural and traditional presentations and food plazas for the last four years.
Most importantly, the Chrysanthemum Flower Competition, which will be held here at Gandhi Park, is an added attraction to the festival. This is also clubbed as a part of the preparation for the International Flower Show next year. The entire state is participating in this competition, along with participants from Mirik, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other surrounding places, the organisers said. The prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd are Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000, and Rs 10,000 respectively while the five consolation prizes include Rs 1,000 each. Cash prizes are sponsored by Mainam Garden.
Besides, various ethnic cultural presentations, artists from the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) will present a number of items. A Veteran’s musical night will also be organised keeping in mind the need to provide platform to the upcoming talents of Namchi.
Eager organisers and residents believe that the tourist turn-out would be better this year. “We are eagerly waiting for the festival,” a group of youth said.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling will inaugurate the festival at Baichung Stadium on November 1. He will also inaugurate the Flower Show at Gandhi Park on the same day.