Aimed at creating awareness on mental health, the Bhutanese Community of Connecticut (BCC) organized poetry recitation on July 12 coinciding the 200th Bhanu Jayanti at Hartford Public Library.
Former BCC President and OBCA Northeast Regional Vice-President, Padam Bharati, chaired the event. Various.
Various literary figures from Bhutanese communities as well as Nepali communities participated in the event chaired by Padam Bharati, BCC chair and OBCA northeast regional vice-chair.
Dr Maya Prabhu from Psychological Medicine Division and the Yale Law and Psychiatry Division, Yale New Heaven did a presentation highlighting the problem of mental health, encouraging and giving hope to the Bhutanese community.
Similarly, Dr Marcus Kchinney, assistant professor of Psychiatry at University of Connecticut School of Medicine also did a presentation on available mental resources for the community. While, Dr Khagendra Luital from Tribhuwan University also presented his latest paper on Bhutanese literature.
Meanwhile, Bhutanese in other states also marked the 200th birth anniversary of Nepalese poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya by organizing similar literary and cultural programs.
Our Utah correspondent Khem Kafley reported over 200 people gathered in a community hall on July 12 to mark the Bhanu Jayanti. Several youths recited their poems, while seniors sang some portion of Ramayana, translated into Nepali by late Bhanu Bhakata.
Resettled Bhutanese in the United Kingdom and Melbourne are also reported to have marked the event.