Members of the Anushka Fan Club, which was formed here this April, today said they will organise a number of programmes to encourage Anushka further as well as to garner more votes for her. Anushka resides in the MP Road of town and will be dropping home on June 5, Thursday for a shoot accompanied by the organisers of the reality show.
Speaking to the media, fan club member Sheetal Subba said, “Anushka will be Darjeeling for two days, on June 5 and 6. She will be accompanied by crew members of the reality show for a profile shoot of hers. It will take place in Anushka’s residence, her school, her dance academy and with her friends. We want to welcome Anushka home in a grand way as she has made us all proud by reaching the fifth round of the dance show.”
Triveni Sangitalaya Nritya Academy, Anushka’s dance academy, will be helping her fan club, while the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration will provide logistics support.
“We met GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung and he has assured to extend all support, while the GTA information and cultural affairs department will provide us with logistics support. We are thankful for the support and appeal to the residents of the hills to help Anushka emerge triumphant,” said Subba.
The Darjeeling hills witnessed a massive change in its political structure in 2007 after the people rallied for local boy Prashant Tamang, who ultimately went on to become the first person from the Nepali/Gorkha community to win the Indian Idol, a national-level reality singing competition. The wave that had been created by a reality show eventually went on to displace the political dispensation then to usher in a new entity.
The fan club will hold a variety programme on June 5 at Chowrastha and organise a cultural rally from the railway station premises the following day. Preparations have already been finalised for a grand reception to Anushka when she lands at Bagdogra airport. When she makes her way up the hills, the dancing sensation will be followed by a huge procession of vehicles filled with her admirers, while ‘Welcome Gates’ are also expected to be erected at vantage points up to Darjeeling town.
GTA executive member and GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang confirmed all logistics support would be extended to the fan club during the two days it will fete Anushka.
“She is the pride of the hills. Our chief executive has promised personal support to the fan club. It must be remembered that the hill people have always united whenever required to send out a clear message and we hope everyone will come forward to help the club this time too,” said Tamang.