Nyikem’s ex­pe­ri­ences ex­hib­ited at the Royal Tex­tile Academy

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

In re­mem­brance of the past Nyikem and to share their ex­pe­ri­ences, the ex­hi­bi­tion, “In the ser­vice of our Kings” was in­au­gu­rated last Thurs­day at the Royal Tex­tile Academy (RTA) by Her Majesty the Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck. Be­sides that, Her Majesty also launched a book com­pil­ing pho­to­graphs and ex­pe­ri­ences at the event.

In Au­gust 2013, His Majesty the King Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyal Wangchuck granted an au­di­ence to the mem­bers of the Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa com­pris­ing of re­tired red scarf who have served the Kings in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties. Dur­ing the au­di­ence, His Majesty ex- pressed his idea of hav­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion at the RTA, to rec­og­nize the mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vices of the Dashos to the Tsa-Wa-Sum.

The pri­mary goal of the Tshogpa is to help con­serve and pro­mote the rich tra­di­tions of Bhutan and to doc­u­ment devel­op­ment his­tory as they have ex­pe­ri­enced it dur­ing their ser­vice. While there are more re­cip­i­ents of the red scarf, this ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on the mem­bers of the Tshogpa. It is a com­pi­la­tion of their shared ex­pe­ri­ences and views.

Ac­cord­ingly, Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa and the RTA had hosted the ex­hi­bi­tion; “In the ser­vice of our Kings” ded­i­cated to His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. While, the his­toric ex­hi­bi­tion was one of the unique pro­grams which was iden­ti­fied as part of the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Around the world the knight­hood cer­e­mony of Great Bri­tain is well known and doc­u­mented. Sim­i­larly the ex­hi­bi­tion would be unique op­por­tu­nity to ar­chive and cre­ate aware­ness on the sig­nif­i­cance of the award­ing of the red-scarf.

The ex­hi­bi­tion had in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with in­di­vid­ual Dashos who have vol­un­teered to share their ex­pe­ri­ences. Hence all the public, tourist, na­tion­als and es­pe­cially youth of Bhutan will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about our unique Bhutanese cul­ture.

Among the re­cip­i­ent of the Bura Marp (red scarf), born in 1940 from Gongkha un­der Haa Dzongkhag, Dasho Phub Tsh­er­ing was the one who re­cip­i­ent of the Bura Marp (red scarf) in 1984 from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Dasho Phub Dorji born in 1940 who re­ceived bura marp from His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo in 1986 said that Bhutan would not have achieved what it has if His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck did not have ini­ti­ated the pol­icy of de­cen­tral­iza­tion. It is as if the coun­try has trans­formed from a me­dieval so­ci­ety to a mod­ern na­tion state overnight.

An­other re­cip­i­ent Dasho Do­phu Tsh­er­ing born in 1946 re­ceived bura marp from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo in 1988.

Dasho Yangki T. Wangchuk born in 1952 re­cip­i­ent of bura marp from His Majesty the fourth King in 2006 said, par­ents re­al­ized the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion be­cause of the devel­op­ment pro­grams ini­ti­ated by our third King who was known as the fa­ther of mod­ern Bhutan, so more par­ents started send­ing girls to school.

While, there are num­ber of sug­ges­tions and be­liefs as to the ori­gin of the bura marp. Some be­lieves that it ex­isted even be­fore the 17th cen­tury while oth­ers are of the view that it was orig­i­nated dur­ing the time Zhab­drung’s era and then over time it evolved to its present day prac­tice.

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