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PICSA’S SECOND LAST EVENT –
“NATIONAL INTER-COLLEGE THEATRICAL COMPETITION”.
PICSA’s second last mega event; the “National Inter-College Theatrical Competition” will happen from the first week of September this year. 16 colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Tango University of Buddhist Studies and the Royal Institute Management will be competing in the theatrical competition.
Beginning September, the Preliminary Round Judges of the theatrical competition will travel to all the colleges to judge their talents. Winners of the Top 5 colleges will be called to Thimphu to contest for the final round. The Grand Finale of the event will take place at the RIM Auditorium early October (date yet to decide).
The acts will be judged on “Concept/theme, impact, creativity, time management, coordination, usage of props, relevance of make-up, costume, set decoration and choice of music (if any) and execution” etc.
The event is sponsored by Ugen Trading House.
We would like to thank Lam Tshering Wangdi, MoHCA, Royal Bhutan Police, Ministry of Education, Desuups, BBS, Kuensel, Department of National Property, Royal Office of Media, Bhutan Toilet Organization, Thimphu City Corporation, RAPA, Sponsors, Clean Bhutan, Thimphu Taxi Tshogpa, Bhutan Post, Champas from all over the country, all high school dancers in Thimphu, PICSA staffs, PICSA dancers, general public of Thimphu and beyond for your generous support towards making the Peling Tshechu a grand success.
Peling Tshechu at Kuensel Phodrang
This year marks the birth year of Guru Rinpochoe and it’s also the 400 years of Zhabdrung’s arrival to Bhutan. Thus the year is auspicious in welcoming the birth of HRH Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. PICSA in collaboration with Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs is organizing a three day Peling Tshechu at Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu. Indeed, this is the first of its kind here in the capital. The event is dedicated to HRH the Gyalsey.
The sixth edition of Mountain Echoes will be held from 19th to 22th August
Certificate Awarding Ceremony
Royal Patron of PICSA Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck awarded certificate to the 100 volunteers, witnesses, stewards and officials involved in the historic mass tree plantation held on June 2nd 2015. Her Majesty was accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck.
Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, the Venerable Lopens from the Zhung Dratsang, Cabinet Ministers, Lyonpos, Dashos and senior government officials also witnessed the day.
Bhutan has now entered the book of Guinness World Records as the maximum tree planted in one hour by 100 men (volunteers).
Bhutan Sets a New World Record in Plantation
Bhutan sets a new world record in plantation by planting 49,672 plants in one hour by 100 men. The plantation took place on June 2nd 2015 coinciding with the Coronation of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Social Forestry Day. The day was witnessed by an official adjudicator from the Guinness World Records, Mr. Pravin Jasmatbhai Patel. The previous record was set in Assam by 100 Indian army in 2012 by planting 40,885 plants in one hour.
Bhutan Attempts WORLD RECORD in Plantation
Bhutan Attempts WORLD RECORD in plantation wherein 100 men will attempt to plant 50000 plants in one hour.
Launch of Mobile Phone Cinema
Mobile Phone Cinema was officially launched at Sherubtse College on May 2nd 2015. The event was graced by His Excellency Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk. The day started off with an Open Marathon followed by a science exhibition and the main event. An inter departmental dance competition themed ‘commemorating the sixtieth birth anniversary of his majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’ was held among the ten departments. The winners were awarded a cash prize if Nu.30000 followed by Nu. 20000 and Nu. 10000 respectively. Accordingly the winners for the open marathon were awarded Nu. 15000, 10000 and 5000 for both men and women. Mobile Phone Cinema Festival has the deadline for submission of the film till 2nd August 2015. This will be followed by an award ceremony. Follow the link www.mobilephonecinema.com
Upcoming Mobile Phone Cinema
First Time in Bhutan, festival for “MOBILE PHONE CINEMA” is organized to open up the world of film-making to masses of amateurs. Story telling has been going on since the beginning of time. Today we have decided to promote this very important cause in a mobile digital form because mobile phone is an extremely personal tool. It is almost part of your body. It is something we always carry around and so you can roll the camera on a whim. It’s spontaneous. So, why not share your own story through your mobile phone and get rewarded and known for your creativity.
We successfully ended the historic three day Peling Tshechu on a happy note.
Our chief guest Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck graced the first two days while His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was our guest of honor for the final day.The festival saw the participation of 200 dancers from all over the country belonging to different peling traditions.The final day concluded with a blessing by a 2933 years old man which was a part of Guru Tshengay Wang blessing his Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo to live 111 years.
Upcoming Peling Tshechu
For the first time in the country, PICSA is organizing a never seen before event and most probably a festival that may not happen for another decade. Peling Tshechu particularly in Wangdicholing palace is organized with genuine reasons.Without a doubt, Pema Lingpa is an important religious personality to be born in Bhutan and the Bhutanese worship him as a great saint and the spiritual heir of Guru Rimpoche.Bumthang, his birth place and also where his fame as a tertoen began to spread is all the reason for PICSA to bring forth Peling traditions from all over the country to a homogenous platform coinciding with the birth anniversary of Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjam, the earlier incarnation of tertoen Pema Lingpa. This is no less than marking the birth anniversary of Pema Lingpa himself.This is very symbolic because the event is dedicated in commemorating the sixtieth birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo who is also a descendent of Pema Lingpa.Apart from the welfare of all the sentient beings, Peling Tshechu is conducted for His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s longevity and good health.Moreover, Wanduecholing palace, the seat of 1st and 2nd king is a historical abode and this festival is also to honor the immense contribution of their Majesties in paving way for peace and stability in our country.
National Music Festival
The ‘National Music Festival’ which was the second event among the eleven initiated by PICSA concluded on a remarkable note. Having known the fact that the popular singers traditionally originated from Trongsa, this was truly justified and it was also a moment for singers who had won hearts of many Bhutanese to perform at the event dedicating their performance in commemorating the Sixtieth Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.The occasion was graced by His Excellency Finance Minister Namgay Dorji along with other delegates from Thimphu. People from nearby villages filled the large auditorium to not only witnessed the traditional legendary singers who performed after decades but it also connected all generations through the participation of popular modern singers.
LIVE TEXTILE EXHIBITION
PICSA successfully started off with its first event at Lhuentse on 14th November wherein the day was graced by His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. A total of 72 weavers around the country participated at the event portraying the highly intricate Bhutanese textiles, the very first of its kind. The event was the first among the eleven events in line to commemorate the sixtieth birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
Upcoming LIVE TEXTILE EXHIBITION
The nation once again comes together in acknowledging the glorious reign of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and in doing so we present to you a glimpse of what is to happen in the very first grand program. Events in perfect harmony like never before. Sensational models displaying the highly intricate Bhutanese designs, your favored singers with their all time soothing voice along with fresh ones with brand new songs all dedicated to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and what more? Comedians who never fail to genuinely make you laugh. Catch up on our LIVE TEXTILE EXHIBITION to see it happening at Lhuentse on November 14 and 15.
Upcoming 11 Events
11 events to commemorate 60th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo