As part of the continual efforts to spread the awareness about Sikkim’s State animal ‘Red Panda’, the Department of Forest and Environment powered by Kokkivo Clothing and Accelerator hosted the first ever International Red Panda Festival in the month of September last year. Transcending notions of merely being a cultural festival, it was an initiative of national repute.

It was a month long program which included competitive events and professional expositions covering various art forms like music and dance, fine arts, dramatics, quizzes etc in schools, colleges and public places.

Vision

  • Promoting awareness about the Red Panda
  • Spreading word about its vulnerability
  • Conserving locally, educating globally
  • Spreading the rich heritage of Sikkim, both domestically and globally
  • Make this an annual event which will be held every year, each one better than the last.

Mission

  • Organizing competitive events and professional expositions covering various art forms like music and dance, fine arts, dramatics, quizzes etc in schools, colleges and public places over a month long schedule.
  • Inter-district school quiz competition
  • Inviting and encouraging participation from different fields

The event was a month long program wherein competitive events and workshops were organized in East and South District.

Gangtok

The first event was organized on 27th August at Sir Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School which saw participation from amateurs, professionals and knowledge seekers alike. There were 7 schools that participated in different categories namely the quiz competition, arts and painting competition and acoustic music competition. With an impressive list of participants from multiple fields, the seminar enabled interactive discussions and facilitated the ability to look at the issue with wider perspective and understand what exactly was happening in the field of conservation of Red Panda.

Editor of The Accelerator, Bhupendra Gurung’s extempore talk held everyone in rapt attention. The quiz competition was worth watching because it was a treat to see the talented students vie for the winner’s title.

Next up was the acoustic singing competition where the participants were supposed to perform John Lennon’s popular and well-loved song ‘Imagine’, either in its original version or in an improvised format. Different schools performed their rendition of the song, each school had a different take on the song which was exciting to see and hear.

The day ended on a high note leaving the participants and organizers pumped up for the follow up event.

Namchi

Next up on the cards was Namchi, South District. The event was held on 4th September at Namchi Senior Secondary Girls School. Amidst the hustle and bustle, Namchi creates a space of its own because of its beauty and serenity and friendly people alike. There were 6 schools that took part in the activities namely CCCT, Chisopani, Namchi Public School, Namchi Senior Secondary Boys School, Namchi Senior Secondary Girls School, New Light Academy and Temi Tarku School.

Winners Arcade

Chief Guest: TW Lepcha
Chief Whip: Sri Bikram Pradhan
Judges: Ms. Tsering Lepcha and Ms. Pragya Satpathy

Painting Competition
West Point Senior Secondary School – First Position
Dewrali Girls Senior Secondary School – Second Position
Enchey Senior Secondary School – Third Position

Quiz and Essay Competition
PNG – First Position
West Point Senior Secondary School – Second Position
Sir Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School – Third Position

Singing Competition
Sir Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School – First Position
West Point Senior Secondary School – Second Position

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