Saturday, November 03, 2007


Tourist and local crowd better this time, says organizers
NAMCHI, November 01: The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the fourth Namchi Mahotsav ‘Cultural & Tourist Festival’ here at Baichung Stadium amid a large number of people and tourists visiting the district.
He also took a round of the venue and unveiled the Flower Show at the Gandhi Park. The flower show encapsulated with Chrysanthemums this year was an effort to add colour to the festival as well as to prepare itself for the International Flower festival to be held early next year.
Organised by South Sikkim Tourism Development Society and Orchid Growers Cooperation Society, the flower show had participants from Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Mirik and Sikkim.
Mr. Chamling also visited all the traditional food stalls of various communities, departmental stalls, rural handicraft and handlooms products stalls and others.
There are a number of stalls representing the tradition, culture, dress, food and lifestyles of the various communities – and traditional houses of the Nepalis, Bhutias and the Lepchas has also been erected in the festival area.
“The much encouraging aspect to observe in this festival was the full participation of Self Help Groups with their handmade products. This indicate that they are really working hard to help themselves and the society,” an official from the State government department said.
The festival is a part of an endeavor by the government to showcase the cultures and traditions of the ethnic communities in Sikkim. It is believed that these sorts of festivals will help in attracting more tourists and organizers maintain that the flow of foreign and domestic tourists is better than the previous years.
“We can also see the full participation of rural people making it proper to be termed as Cultural and Tourist Festival. I think this is the reward for the hard work put in by the Committee Chairman cum DC South D. Anandan along with his team of members,” said one of the Organising Committee members.
Besides, a colourful cultural presentation was also a part of the programme today.
Moreover, to entertain the people in the evening, two local bands ‘Dream Diabolic’ and ‘Janma’ performed Nepali and Hindi pop numbers. Minister for Rural Management and Development Department KN Rai was the chief guest for the evening programme.
In a contest held to award the best bloom in the festival, especially in the flower show category, Mani Kumar Gurung of Bull, Namchi won the first prize availing Rs 30,000 while Sonam Sherpa got Rs 20,000 for winning the second prize. Dil Kumar Chettri bagged the third position amounting to Rs 10, 000 and five others also got Rs 1000 each as special consolation prizes.
The prizes were sponsored by Mainam Garden, Namchi. All the winners will get their prizes on November 3, the organizers said.