To conserve and promote literature in the state of Sikkim, Hamro varta television organized a week-long literature festival, namely Sikkim Sathiya Utsav.
During the week-long celebration various competitions including Book review competition, Painting competition, poetry residing competition and many more events to engage large and promote literature in the state of Sikkim conducted in which literature lovers and students from various institutions around the state took part.
The final day of Sikkim Sathiya Utsav was held at Manan kendra, Gangtok today in which poets from Nepal, Darjeeling and Sikkim resided their poetry along with student winners of the poetry competition under different categories also resided their poems.
Presentation of poems by renowned poets Navraj Parajuli, from Nepal, Manoj Bigoti from Kalimpong and Pabitra Lama from Darjeeling were the main attraction of the day-long program.
The program was chaired by Chief minister Prem Singh Tamang, Bhuwan KC Nepali actor/ director along with cabinet ministers and other dignitaries
Chief minister Prem Singh Tamang addressing the gathering congratulated the organizers for organizing the program and termed it to be a historic event. Also, CM Tamang extended his greeting to the people of Sikkim on occasion of constitution day
Tamnag stressed that the state government is in way towards conversation of literature in which he said, “Apart from other development we are also in our way towards development of literature also”
Addressing the gathering, CM Tamang announced that Language directorate will be passed in legislative assembly and upgrade it into board which will be pivotal in safeguarding and promoting languages of the state.
Tamang further added that, “State government will now also publish the writing and poems from Chief minister funds of those writers who are unable to publish their works”
Following the event, CM Tamang also announced to provide Apatan fellowship, which will provide scholarship to those who will to pursue PhDs in local languages of the state. In addition, CM Tamang also announced that staring 2022 State government will celebrate Sikkim Literature festival