Photo exhibit on ancient ties between Sikkim and Bhutan

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Gangtok, Nov 26 (UNI) A photo exhibit on the ancient ties and bonds shared between Sikkim and Bhutan was inaugurated today here at Namgyal Institute of Technology (NIT) by Lhumpo Dago Tshering, Bhutan Ambassador to India.

Sikkim and Bhutan shares many things in common-- its not only the geographical features but also the historical and geo-political scenario along with common customs, religion, psychographics and many more, said Mr Tshering.

Organized by NIT, the photo exhibition depicts the cordial royal and political relationship of Bhutan and Sikkim since Chogyal dynasty. Held under the theme, Druk Denzong- A historical perspective, the exhibit has around ninety rare photographs in display both in black and white and colour.

The Bhutan Ambassador further said the occasion has given him an opportunity to visit Sikkim once again. Guru Rinponche has binded us together in unity and it shall go further on, he added.

Guru Rinpoche is the patron saint of Sikkim and is revered in Bhutan also.

The exhibition is a medley of the best Sikkim- Bhutan photographs from the digital image bank, spanning two centuries and has been retouched and recreated in digital format. Many of the photographs have been taken from the collections of the British Political Officers such as John Claude, Frederick Williamson and Hopkinson while others are the collections from private individuals.

''An exhibition that gives a joint historical perspective of both Sikkim and Bhutan has not been attempted before; it's our privilege to showcase the common history especially for the students'', said Tenzing C Tashi, a photo project researcher of NIT.

NIT had earlier organized two photo exhibition one with a theme 'who's behind the camera' and another one with 'Namgyal Dynasty'.

'' We are now next planning to organize a photo exhibition on the topic 'Nathula','' Tashi said.


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