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