Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in­au­gu­rates the 6th edi­tion of Moun­tain Echoes in the cap­i­tal

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Bhutan hosted the 6th edi­tion of Moun­tain Echoes ded­i­cat­ing to 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck and was in­au­gu­rated by Chief Royal Pa­tron Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck on 19th Au­gust 2015 in the In­dia House Com­plex.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony, Her Majesty the Queen Mother said that she was please to thank the fes­ti­val di­rec­tor that this Moun­tain Echoes was ded­i­cated to the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother also added that she was pleased that so many of the par­tic­i­pants have come to be part of Moun­tain Echoes fes­ti­val and thereby join­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

As she looks around, she said that it gives her joy and com­fort to see the re­turns of so many fa­mil­iar faces and said that some of them have been with the fes­ti­val since the in­cep­tion of the fes­ti­val.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother also added that she was pleased to note that this year, the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from Bhutan has in­creased and this was the tes­ti­mony of the hard work and tire­less rest ef­fort of the fes­ti­val di­rec­tors Namita Gokhale, Kun­zang Cho­den, Pramod Ku­mar and Aum Pek Dorji. Her Majesty the Queen Mother com­mended them for the con­tin­ued un­wa­ver­ing ef­fort.

The Moun­tain Echoes prom­ises some­thing for ev­ery­one, the ses­sion stim­u­lates the literature, po­etry, art and mu­sic, added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother en­cour­ages spe­cially the chil­dren to at­tain the ses­sion and to take full ad­van­tage of the work­shop on read­ing and writ­ing as His Majesty the King has de­clared year 2015 as Na­tional Read­ing year.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, who was present at the func­tion said that he is not go­ing to at­tempt to de­liver a speech to a hall full of artist in­stead he wel­comed all the art- ists who came to Bhutan and of­fer deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for com­ing to Bhutan and to share their time, their friend­ship and their tal­ent.

Ly­onch­hen also sub­mit­ted his grat­i­tude to the vi­sion of Her Majesty the Queen Mother that she has done to our coun­try.

Dur­ing the welcome ad­dresses to the 6th Moun­tain Echoes, the In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan Gau­tam Bam­bawale said that Bhutan fes­ti­val of literature, art and cul­ture pop­u­larly known as Moun­tain Echoes has been suc­cess­fully held in five con­sec­u­tive years and has been con­tin­u­ously grow­ing in size. This 6th edi­tion of Moun­tain Echoes 2015 is the ded­i­cated to the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, said the am­bas­sador.

The am­bas­sador added that this year is also very spe­cial year for Bhutan as has been des­ig­nated as Na­tional Read­ing year.

As five con­sec­u­tive suc­cess­ful edi­tions of the Moun­tain Echoes, literature fes­ti­val has made un­doubted con­tri­bu­tion to the love for read­ing in this beau­ti­ful coun­try and there­fore, with this it can also take pride to its con­tri­bu­tion to­wards read­ing in this coun­try, said the am­bas­sador.

Mean­while, the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony was at­tended by the mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, Cab­i­net Min­is­ters, Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial and stu­dents from schools within Thim­phu.

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