Gangtok, June 21:
The Culture Department, Government of Sikkim in coordination with the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Government of India organised the “World Music Day” at the Mini Hall, Manan Bhawan, today.
The programme had the presence of Smt Bhim Kumari Sharma Advisor of the Culture Department, Secretary Culture Department Shri Karma R. Bonpo, IAS, and officials from the Education and Ecclesiastical Departments. Also present were the officers and staff of the Culture Department.
The programme commenced with the lighting of the butter lamps by the dignitaries.
Members from the Cultural Department troupe along with other participants representing a few NGOs performed some cultural dances and Smt Sonam Doma Bhutia from the Culture Department shared some melodious songs on the stage.
The event further continued with the presentation of musical talents by the artists from a Nepali Folk Fusion Band, also popularly known as the Chautari Band.
Secretary, Karma R Bonpo applauded the performance of the Chautari Band and other cultural presentations and said that the word culture itself refers to a variety of activities for protecting and preserving our existence. He stated that culture has a different meaning to different people and every society has its cultural heritage that encompasses the society’s ideals, traditions, art, structures and values.
Karma R Bonpo said that our artists are the representatives of our State’s idea and identity. He mentioned that he is very proud of Culture Department which contributes immensely to preserving the values of our culture and traditions.
Further, he added that to meet the need of the changing times we must introspect in preserving cultures and the values of every community.
Likewise, he hoped for more local traditional bands to come up and encourage our younger generation to preserve our culture and traditions.
Speaking at the occasion Smt Bhim Kumari Sharma appreciated and thanked all the artists for their wonderful performances. She said that on this World Music Day she is delighted to see the young talented artists of the State performing their art. She stated that the task of preserving culture for future generations now falls on the youth.
She continued by saying that culture is crucial for communities as it gives us a way to look back on our history that informs our present-day identity.
She further said that as we move forward in a world where the people and culture are becoming homogeneous we must put forth our contribution to preserve them against any factor trying to change our values.
She concluded by saying that culture and traditions help us to keep our integrity intact.
Earlier, Bhawani Ghimerey, OSD Culture Department gave a brief introduction about the “World Music Day” in his welcome address. He informed that several events are organised across the World to encourage young artists to come forward and show their talent.
The theme of this year’s World Music Day celebration is “Music at Intersections”. Interestingly, World Music Day and the International Day of Yoga share the same day.