In a bid to promote language and literature of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people through an integrated approach, Literary Council of Bhutan has been announced, Saturday.
Bhutanese litterateurs, who have been associated with various literary bodies and the Nepali Sahitya Parisad Bhutan (NSPB), unanimously decided to give a new look through a Skype conference this morning, according to a press statement issued by the Council.
“The initiative aims at preserving and promoting the literary treasure of Bhutanese from diaspora and Bhutan, without limiting it to the customary Nepali literary works,” said Public Relation Coordinator of the Council, Rup N Pokhrel, from California, US.
The statement further said a series of discussions were held among the former NSPB’s members and other well-wishers in this regard decided to up-grade the institution under the banner Council with effect from June 11.
The meeting also decided to elect Bhakta Ghimire, resettled in America, as the Council’s chairman and former chief coordinator of the NSBP, Shiva Lal Dahal from Khudunabari, as vice-chairman.
Likewise, Yeti Raj Ajnabee (Australia), Yam Thulung (Nepal), Ramesh Gautam (Norway), Dona Acharya (America), Rup N Pokharel (America) and Puranaghare (America) have been elected to the Council’s executive board, added the statement.
The Bhutaneseliteraure.com, which has been under operation since May 2009, will be managed as official publication site of the Council, Ramesh Gautam, founding-chairman of the website, told the Bhutan News Service over the phone from Norway.
“This step has institutionalized the ongoing publication works of this portal and I am hopeful of making the publications more effective and reader-oriented,” said Gautam.
Formed in 1993, the NSPB was popularly known among the exiled Bhutanese for transforming uneducated persons into graduates of Nepali language.