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78th episode of Basibiyalo held

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 14, 2009


GANGTOK, June 13: The 78th episode of monthly literary programme Basibiyalo was held today at Sub-division Library Hall, Kalimpong.
The programme jointly hoisted by Shiba Chhetri ‘Sibu’ and Raju Bhgai was attended by more than 50 literary figures mostly from younger generation, informs a press release.
In the programme, which is organized every second Saturday here, CK Shrestha a reputed playwright was present as the guest who also happens to be the founder of this popular programme. Other figures included novelist Gyan Sutar, senior woman writer Sanumati Rai, BK Shilal, Samsher Ali, BR Raichamling, TN Subedi, Dr. Kamal Pokhrel, Mira Chhetri, Capt (Retd) Bhumi Raj Rai, Jit Maskey, Harka Pariyar, Manita Rai, Paras Sharma, Birendra Kharka, Dr. Din Dayal Agarwal, Navin Rasik, Sarita Samdarshi, Bishnu Bhujel, Subash Sherestha, and others who recited self composed poems and short stories.
While Hira Chhetri presented a travelogue regarding his recent visit to Hyderabad, CK Shrestha read out a portion of his forthcoming drama Dailo (Door). Sahadeo S. Giri, Editor Charitra, presented a new feature called ‘Jungle Talk’ based on a true incident before the audiences. An eight year old boy Prashant Khati of Pasting Tea Estate surprised the gathering by presenting two melodious songs. However, the main attraction of the programme was ghazals recited by Asim Sagar.
This time a sizeable number of guest literary figures from outside Kalimpong were also present on the occasion including Apsara Dahal (Burmiok, West Sikkim), Bijay Narayan Pradhan (Namthang, Sikkim), Puran Lohar (Siliguri), Sudesh Khati (Gangtok), Binod Chhetri (Gorubathan) etc. They shared literary items and personal views on various topics.
Binod Chhetri who attended the programme after a long span of over 12 years, in his address not only highlighted the role of Basibiyalo in development of Nepali literature but also pointed out its contribution to expose the talents of young generation. Samsher Ali also echoed his feeling and opined that such creative activities should continue in the society while Tshering Bhutia expressed the difficulties being experienced by the youths due to improper method of issuing Gorkha Certificates. According to Mr. Bhutia, though the Bhutias, Lepchas and other communities residing in the hills are regarded as the Gorkhas, they are, however, not in a position to get requisite Gorkha certificate. His view was responded by CK Shrestha, who being the working president of a national organization Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh assured to seriously look into the situation. There should prevail feeling of acceptance of other communities in the Gorkha community if we (the Gorkhas) want them belong to us, Mr Shrestha said.
Meanwhile, the programme decided to hold the 79th episode of Basibiyalo on July 11 at the same venue as Bhanu Jayanti special which will be hoisted by Samsher Ali.
It may be recalled that the Basibiyalo was started during early 90s by a few literary personalities of Kalimpong working in Gangtok.

source: The Sikkim Express


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