Film-maker Ugen Chopel Denzongpa (for the year 2022) and musician Madhu Sudan Lama (for 2023) were conferred with the prestigious Rashmi Prasad Allay Puraskar at the Rashmi Prasad Allay Award 2022.
Late Rashmi Prasad Allay, who was born in 1898 in Golpara, Assam, was a writer, teacher, and a great devotee of the Nepali language. He is credited with introducing the system of imparting education in Nepali language in the Kingdom of Sikkim in 1920 when Sikkim was still in its infancy in the literary field. He was also the first person in Sikkim to initiate Bhanu Jayanti celebrations in the state. To recognize his contribution to the education sector in Sikkim, the meritorious award was named after him.
During the program, the biographies of the awardees were also played through a video. Ugen Chopel has directed notable Nepali films such as Saino, Trishna, Nepali Babu, and Hindi serials such as Ajnabee. He is also the recipient of the Director Award 1998, Gurkha Gaurav Award 2010, and several other awards and accolades.
Similarly, Madhu Sudan Lama was awarded for his contribution to music and for creating hits such as Siri Siri and Mirmiray Saanjh. He has also won notable awards such as Giri Puraskar 2020 and Rashtriya Chinari 1990, and many other recognitions.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang congratulated the awardees and appreciated their efforts in bringing laurels to the state. He assured that the government will leave no stone unturned in supporting artists, sportspersons, and literary figures who strive to work for the community.