Bhutanese observe anniversary -Update

Participants performing traditional dance. Photo/Sushil Pokhrel
Participants performing traditional dance. Photo/Sushil Pokhrel

The ex-refugees from Bhutan resettled in South Australia celebrated their second anniversary of resettlement in Australia at Dom Polski Centre in Adelaide on 14th May 2010, Friday.

Commemorating the day on which two families arrived in Adelaide under the current resettlement programme of the Australian government, the Bhutanese Association in South Australia(BASA) organized it to entertain the guests with various cultural presentations, share stories and cuisine.

The formal programme commenced at 6pm with the candle lighting by the chief guest, Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, Mr. Hien Van Le AO. Also present at the function were the representatives from Department of Immigration And Citizenship (DIAC), Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia and over 50 other distinguished guests.

Sushil Niroula coordinated the event with the help of active participants and volunteers. A visualized story of one of the victims of torture from Bhutan, Pabitra Gautam , was presented.

Addressing the function, the Lieutenant Governor, expressed his commitments to support the Bhutanese community settle well in South Australia. He said, ‘’It is tragic in today’s world that the Bhutanese people who have such a long history and culture would be prosecuted and forced to flee their homes simply for not confirming to some arbitrary rules imposed by the authoritarian government’ . He assured that those Bhutanese people who are resettled in South Australia could remain free from fear of prosecution, torture and detention.

Two of the songs presented separately by the elderly women and a group of the artists from the community were filled with words of thanks to Australia for giving them new life.

Bikram Adhikari, the public officer of BASA, ended the programme, attended by more than 400 resettled Bhutanese, with a vote of thanks.

By Ichha Poudyel/BNS


  1. Kudos to Bhutanese in South Australia,
    I know the difficulties for the time being in getting organised ourself but a day will come for all of us where such activities will help our younger lot to keep our language,culture and other social norms and ethics intact even in the strangeland.
    You activities as a organisid Bhutanese will help for the formation of GLOBAL BHUTANESE COMMUNITY with which we can advocate our cause globally.

    Once again I would like to congratulate all of you in South Australia for Introducing our culture and traditions with various activities.Keep up doing good work and certainly we will bloom with fraganance.

    THUMBS UP……..

  2. wow…..Tt is a wonderful task by the resettled Bhutanese in Southern belts of Australia.It can also be a good example for others to preserve our identities as Bhutanese endowed with unique cultures and customs even in abroad. Congratulation to all the participants of this grand celebration from the core of my heart.

  3. Well done Bhutanese in South Australia,
    Finally our community has successfully proved to the world that Bhutanese are peace lover who always love their country. It is Good news for all Bhutanese across the world that our friends (Bhutanese Association in South Australia(BASA))performed a great program in Australia in presence of Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, Mr. Hien Van Le AO. Which is height of Bhutanese.
    Prayers for continuous success.

    Dadi Ram Antim
    Outreach Coordinator
    Richmond Bhutanese Society
    Richmond, Virginia, United States.