Paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion on spir­i­tual and cul­tural link­ages be­tween Bhutan and In­dia

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Bhutan- In­dia re­la­tion­ship pre­vailed from our four great king’s time with de­vel­op­men­tal process like op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness, fur­ther education and health fa­cil­i­ties with change in time both the coun­tries are look­ing for more strong and bet­ter re­la­tion in terms of spir­i­tual and cul­tural link­ages whereby both coun­tries will know and share their feel­ings and ex­pec­ta­tions from each side.

A week long work­shop cum paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion held at Nehru Wangchuk cul­tural cen­tre from 22nd -26th Fe­bru­ary, 2016 on the theme “spir­i­tual and cul­tural link­ages be­tween Bhutan and In­dia” where artists from all over 20 Dzongkhags had par­tic­i­pated. The clos­ing cer­e­mony which was held last Fri­day was at­tended In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan Jaideep Sarkar.

The Am­bas­sador stated that art is de­sign where ev­ery­body could share their feel­ing through their own de­sign. More­over both coun­tries cul­ture has the same root yet it is dis­tin­guished as Bhutan has so many colours on map, flag, dress and art which is so unique and its dis­tinct from oth­ers. He also told that more op­por­tu­ni­ties should be given to youth so that they will un­der­stand the two coun­tries re­la­tion­ship spir­i­tu­ally and cul­tur­ally.

The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion Pema Gyalt­shen from Zhem­gang Dzongkhag took home a cash prize of Nu. 31,000. He had drawn an art which com- prises of clas­si­cal dance (Zhana Cham) of Bhutan and In­dia (katha) which shows the strong bond be­tween two coun­tries. He had stud­ied at Yangchen­phu Higher Sec­ondary School just now he runs an Au­dio-Vis­ual (Yoed­pame Stu­dio) in Changzam­tog and more­over he is also a free lance artist. He said that draw­ing art is his pas­sion and he had par­tic­i­pated in other art com­pe­ti­tions but this time it was un­ex­pected to get the win­ner and he is very happy of his hard work and the or­ga­nizer for such kind of pro­gramme.

The se­cond run­ner up Salil Bishwa from Chukkha Dzongkhag took a cash prize of Nu. 25,000 and the se­cond run­ner-up Dawa Yang­den(Mem­ber of VAST) from Trashigang Dzongkhag took a cash prize of Nu. 21,000 and rest of the 17 par­tic­i­pants re­ceived cer­tifi­cates.

The par­tic­i­pants talk­ing to BT said that the mo­ment was un­ex­pected and were very glad about their hard work and want to do more hard work in near fu­ture.

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