Commemorating the birth anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo

The prize-winning entry of the art competition



The Embassy of India organized an Art Competition to commemorate the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo in collaboration with Sherubtse College, Kanglung.

His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo, also revered as the ‘Father of Modern Bhutan’, was also the founder of Sherubtse College, Bhutan’s first tertiary educational institution, which was affiliated to the University of Delhi till the establishment of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB).

The press release from the Indian Embassy states that the India@75 Amrit Mahotsav art competition was launched in four categories amongst school and college students.

While the primary category constituted Class PP – Class VI students of the schools in Kanglung Gewog, the secondary category witnessed competition amongst students of grades 9-12 from schools located within the Trashigang Dzongkhag.

College students from all colleges of the RUB comprised the tertiary category with a special category for Draktsho students based at Kanglung.

The press release further states that participants were asked to create their artworks based on the themes which includes celebrating India-Bhutan Friendship; Vaccine Maitri (Vaccine Friendship) ; Covid & lockdown through children’s eyes (alternative theme for primary category).

The Forum for International and National Awareness and Sherubtse Art Unit as well as the Embassy of India coordinated the organization of the competition which was decided by an eminent jury.

Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said, “The India@75 Art Competition was organized in tribute to the birth anniversary of the Third Druk Gyalpo and to celebrate the especially close relationship between India and Bhutan in the 75th year of India’s independence.”

“We were hugely impressed by the creativity and motivation in the artwork by the Bhutanese youth in this competition organized at Sherubtse College, an institution which has longstanding and significant linkages with the Government of India,” she said.

Indian Embasy said that the brilliant art entries received from participants in all categories reflected the artistic skills of Bhutanese youth, making it a challenge for the jury to select the best entries and identify the winners.

Cash prizes for top three winners in each category of the India@75 Art Competition were remitted to their respective bank accounts through transfer of funds affected by the Embassy of India, added the press release.

From the primary category, Sherub Tenzin bagged the first prize. He received Nu 3,000 and from secondary category, Jigme Dorji received the first runners up with Nu 6,000, while Tashi Tobgay received the first runners up with Nu 15,000 from tertiary category and first runners up was received by Tenzin Wangchuk and he received a cash prize  of Nu 6,000 from Dratsho category.

 For the second runners up from primary category, Palden Yoezer Wangchuk received a cash prize of Nu 2,000 while Tandin Lhamo Drukpa received a cash prize of Nu 4,000 from secondary category. Pema Dendup received a cash prize of Nu 10,000 from tertiary category and Phuntsho Dorji received a cash prize of Nu 4,000 from Draktsho category.

As for the third prizes, Chokey Yandon received a cash prize of Nu 1,000; Kinzang Dendup received a cash prize of Nu 2,000 from secondary category; Purna B. Mongar received a cash prize of Nu 7,000 from tertiary category and Sonam Jurmi received a cash prize of Nu 2,000 from Draktsho category.