Damak, June 20: The resettled Bhutanese abroad have missed their life they had spent in the UN-monitored camps in Nepal. If you are serious on this matter – this event must trim down your such feelings.
Thanks to the sponsors and local organizers who supported Bhutan Media Society (BMS) for portraying life in camps through an open art competition held today on the eve of mark World Refugee Day 2010.
Two dozens of artists – both from camps and local community demonstrated their skills on the event managed by International Creators’ Forum (ICF), Damak.
Taken as one of the rare events in Nepal, six hours long painting became one of the most significant events today in camp vicinity. “Not only the participants, even our judges spent several hours in painting a canvas to reflect life in camps,” said Prakash Angdambe, the local organizer from ICF.
The Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN), Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD), Youth Organization of Bhutan (YOB) and BMS jointly sponsored the event.
According to the event manager Jeetan Subba, 15 artists from seven camps and six from the host communities participated in canvas drawing today. “We are extremely thankful for BCN, GHRD and YOB for supporting our event,” said Subba.
The major contribution for the event was from journalists associated with BMS, said Subba, “GHRD contributed 150 Euros through BCN, while YOB supported us with US $100.” An ICF source said around US $1000 was used to manage the whole event including canvas, brush and colour, besides covering travel and lunch for the participants.
Among the artists, Guna Sunuwar of Pathri camp seized the first prize in the event. Similarly, Rajen Gurung of Beldangi-I and Deo kumar Rai of Pathri became second and third respectively. The winners were awarded with cash prizes – rupees 2011 for the first, rupees 1511 for the second and rupees 1011 for the third and certificates.
BMS is planning to go for fundraising through online bidding of those canvases.