Coinciding the 150th birth anniversary of late Moti Ram Bhatta, the pioneer of gajal writing in Nepali, a literary program was held at a church space in Louisville KY, attended by some three hundred local audiences and guests from various states.
The program hosted by Antarashtriya Shrijansil Manch (International Creativity Forum) and supported by Bhutanese Society of Kentucky began almost two hours late than the scheduled time of 12:30 pm running until 6:30 pm.
The program was opened with a mangalacharan by Bhim Prasad Timsina, a brief welcome speech by Khem Regmi and welcome dance by Leela Subedi.
Some entertainment by vocal artists like Manoj Dhakal, Rajesh Subba, Meera Rai brought a vigor to the audience.
The book “Dabaiyeka Awaajharu” (suppressed voices) was released collectively by all guests and chief guest Krishna Dharabasi unveiling the package. The book contains three hundred sixty three gajals by eighty nine exiled Bhutanese writers resettled in different countries. According to Bhim Timsina who critically analysed the book said that the book shall serve as cornerstone of modern Bhutanese Nepali literature.
Other literary figures Bhakta Ghimire and Ganga Ram Lamitarey also spoke on the occasion of release. Both of them talked more about the consolidation of literary activities, under one umbrella organization like literary council of Bhutan.
Mr. Rakesh Kafley, the proprietor of Bhutani Dhuk Dhuki, was recognized with an appreciation letter.
Gajal writers-Tilarupa Acharya, Roshani Khanal, Mamata Moktan, Lucky Rasi, Sahayatri Dhakal and Sanchaman Rai read aloud their creation.