Friday, April 27, 2018
SHIVA KUMAR RAI JAYANTI CELEBRATED AT RHENOCK, EAST SIKKIM
The birth anniversary of renowned Nepali Literary figure Late Shiva Kumar Rai was celebrated at Rhenock, East Sikkim on 26th of April 2018. The celebration was graced by the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shir Pawan Kumar Chamling, GTA Chief Shri Benoy Lama and galaxy of renowned literary persons from Darjeeling, Kersoung, Assam, Gangtok along with thousands of people witnessing the programme.
Shiva Kumar Rai was born on 26 April 1919 at Rhenock, Sikkim. His father Dhojbir Rai was post-master and because of the constant transfer of this father's post, Rai initially took his primary lessons at home. Only after coming to Kurseong he had a regular education. Rai did his schooling at Pushparani Middle School in Kurseong and later at Darjeeling Government School in Darjeeling, where he met notable teachers such as Dharnidhar Sharma, Surya Bikram Gyawali and Parasmani Pradhan. He passed his metric examination in 1937. He completed his B.A. from St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling in 1939 and graduated from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata in 1941. After finishing college, in 1942, Rai became a secretary of Burma Saranarthi Mukti Samiti, a committee set up for helping the Burmese refugees of World War II. During this time, he came into contact with many Nepali refugees from Burma. While conversing with them, he felt the need to write about their turmoils in life, which took shape into his famous novel Dak Bangla, published in 1957.
Rai was very active in politics and was affiliated with the All India Gorkha League. In 1948, he was elected as an MLA from the erstwhile Jorebungalow constituency to the West Bengal Assembly. He was the Deputy Labour Minister of West Bengal from 1952 to 1957. Rai died on 22 July 1995.
Shiva Kumar Rai started his writing career in the late 1930s when he was in college. His first work was published in a hand-written youth magazine titled Bansuri. He was also the editor of this magazine. His first printed work, a poem titled Birahi Ko Basanta, is found in Rup Narayan Singh-edited magazine Khoji. His poems and writings were published in journals such as Gorkha, Diyo, Yug Vani, and Sahitya Sroth. His first story titled Prakriti Putri was published in Sharda journal in 1944. His landmark book Frontier, a collection of stories, was published in 1956. His story Chaata won the prestigious Ratnashri Award in Nepal in 1969. In 1978, he won the Sahitya Academy Award for his short story collection Khaharey. In 1994, he was awarded the Agam Singh Giri Smriti Puraskaar by the Sikkim Sahitya Parishad and was felicitated by the Nepali Sahitya Sammelan, Darjeeling the same year.
- Daafe Chari (1954)
- Frontier (1956)
- Dak Bangla (1957)
- Yatra (1956)
- Khaharey (1976)
- Bara Dinner (1978)
- Shiva Kumar Rai Ka Saath Katha (1994)
Friday, October 2, 2015
ARITAR, a place bestowed with rich cultural, historical significance, exotic nature and ethnic people, has inspired me to take keen interest and ponder further into the prosperity of Sikkim. Observing things that happen around me in my daily life and capturing it with my camera has now become my biggest passion. It not only helps me to cherish the moment but also becomes a medium of letting our young people understand the value of our place. I always remember these lines which I had read during my early days, which says "As long as you hold fast to your tradition, the key of prison is in your hand"
Monday, September 28, 2015
INDRA JATRA- 2015
ORGANISED BY SIKKIM NEWA GUTHI
PLACE- GANGTOK, EAST SIKKIM
CHIEF GUEST: HON'BLE CHIEF WHIP GOVERNMENT OF SIKKIM, SHRI BIKRAM PRADHAN.
INDRA JATRA ORGANIED BY SIKKIM NEWAR GUTHI AT GANGTOK 2015
Why Indra Jatra is celebrated?
Indra Jatra is a vibrant festival celebrated by Nepalese "NEWAR" community. It is belived that many centuries ago, Indra (king of Heaven)’s mother needed specially scented flowers (Parijat). Indra looked for them but could not find them in heaven. Indra discovered Parijat flowers in the Kathmandu Valley and tried to steal them for his mother. He was caught and imprisoned by people in the Valley. Indra’s mother came searching for him and people were shocked to know what they had done. They released Indra and dedicated one of the most colourful festivals of Nepal to him to calm down his anger. This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and jubilation. Various masked dances like Pulu Kishi(elephant dance ), Lakhe, Sawa Bhakhu and Mahakali dances are performed at various places. Indra is thanked for the rains and assured once again that he is respected in the Kathmandu Valley.
We also come to hear another version of belief for the celebration of Indra Jatra which remarks that the "NEWAR" community, intimately linked the festival as devotees giving thanks to Lord Indra for rains, good crops and good harvest.
This festival has been officially declared as a State Holiday in Sikkim by the Government.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Amidst the serene air
Where chirping of birds echoes in my ear.
The mighty Himalaya halos your divinity.
Verdent hills ornament thy with florescent flowers.
Such are the beauties of your mighty grandeur.
As the sun peeps from the distant horizon,
Fairy rays of arrows outpour from the heavenly quiver.
The ducks shiver and paddle, releasing streams of ripples
And glimmers you in the dazzling light of silver.
As I linger around your bending brink,
Gentle wind whispering words of creed.
a trance from sordid life and human dearth
I walk away from the pathos of dubious earth.
I get lured in the prophecies of silent breeze.
Is it real or am I walking on the stairway of heaven?
If such is thy beauty where people are mesmerised,
Why would anyone desire to fancy an unseen paradise?