Lepcha Development Board organized a Tribal Handicraft Exhibition

Kalimpong - With an aim to preserve and promote the traditional art of handicraft among the tribal communities of the hills, the Lepcha Development Board today organized a Tribal Handicraft Exhibition in the premises of the Lepcha Youth Hostel in Bongbusty. The exhibition, sponsored by the Tribal co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India, saw participation of artists from Lepcha, Tamang, Emmi, Sherpa and Subba communities.

 Lepcha Development Board organized a Tribal Handicraft Exhibition
 Lepcha Development Board organized a Tribal Handicraft Exhibition 
SK Guraiya from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs was the chief guest of the exhibition presided over by LDB president Langsong Tamsang.  Addressing the function Guraiya said, “Our prime objective is to promote the art and culture of the tribal communities. We will make a selection from among the handicrafts in the exhibition and send them to Delhi. The selected items will be kept for sale in 35 tribal shops all around the country.” He stated this effort of the department will lead to development of the tradition, art and culture of the tribal communities. “The work has begun here and we are happy about it. If the administration too comes ahead with a helping hand the process of development of the tribes will hasten up” he stated.

Claiming support on administrative level Kalimpong SDO Radhika K Ayer said, “The administration is ready for this. We have already finalized two sites for tribal shops and we will soon open the shops to sell the handicrafts of the tribal artists.”

The occasion also saw presence of LDB vice-president Yungsung Simik, secretary G Namchu, executive members NT Lepcha, PT Simik, Sonam Thsiring Lepcha, ILTA president Dorjee T Lepcha, Sonam T Bhutia from Emmi Bhutia Association, Sanjay Moktan from Tamang Youth Association and Sekhar Subba from Subba Association among others.  As many as 32 handicrafts artists took part in today’s exhibition and articles of six artists have been selected to be sent to Delhi.


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