The Lepchas are the acknowledged natives of the Darjeeling district from long before the time the present political boundaries were drawn. During the last century and half they have, in general, not been able to keep pace with the transformation of the region from their scattered, sheltered village habitations to the bustling cosmopolitan hill station with a flourishing tea and tourism industry and thus have, in the process been marginalized.
The intention of the Government therefore is clearly to bring about positive change and contribute to the upliftment of the Community and has outlined a modest role for the Board.
The Mayel Lyang Lepcha Development Board came into existence on 5th August, 2013. It has been formed for the broad purpose ‘to protect, promote and safeguard the Lepcha language, tradition and culture’, ‘to undertake activities for the overall development of the Lepcha Community’ and anything incidental and conducive for the attainment.
Ren Lyangsong Tamsang is the Chairman of the Board which is a registered Society under the Administrative control of the Tribal Development Department of the Government of the West Bengal. Shri James Kujur is the Minister-in-Charge, and Sri SK Thade IAS is the Principal Secretary of the Department.
The Board has conceived and prepared several schemes and projects in furtherance of its objectives.
Despite the hardship faced due to terrain and inaccessibility the Board is striving hard to achieve social, cultural and educational upliftment of the Lepchas.
Smt Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal graced the Foundation Day celebration of the WBMLLDB in Kalimpong on the 16th September 2015. Just as the Lepchas welcomed her as the Kingchoom Darmit with resounding applause, she promised them of her continued support and the promise to come again. During her speech she said she loved the Hills of Darjeeling and wanted it to be a place of peace and happy people, that peace should reign in the Hills.
Many writers and linguists have spoken highly of the Lepcha Language that has withstood the ravages of time. Many selfless lovers of the language have devoted their whole lives for the preservation and development the language. Thanks to them both written and spoken from have remained intact and in common use.
In order to preserve and propagate the language the Board has sought to encourage publication of works of literature, in any form in the Lepcha language. As result of this, many works in Lepcha are being published every year on Lepcha themes and culture.
Recently, the Board has, on its own, published translations of some works of Smt Mahasweta Devi, who devoted her works life to the upliftment of the downtrodden, in the Lepcha Language. The translation of the ‘Gitanjali’ by the Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore has also been done in Lepcha. It is the endeavor of the Board to cover selected works of every Language for the enrichment of the language and culture.
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Lepcha Bhawan at Kolkata, 16th February 2016+
Installation of Statue of Athing K P Tamsang, 17th February 2016.+
16TH February : Ren Micheal Way, Philanthropist, UK. 15th October : Ren Edward Mainwaring & Family, UK. 15th April : Renue Marilyn Mc Coull, Educationist. 16th September : Renue Carolyn Way & M Mc Coull, Educationist. 15 September : Shri SK Thade, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tribal Development Department. 15th September : Smt. Choten Lama, IAS, […]+
Board’s Cultural Troupe’s Performances – Ambassadors of the Lepchas. Independence Day 2016, Kolkata. Republic Day 2016, Kolkata. CM’s Visit, Darjeeling 15th January. Folk Festival of Bengal, Siliguri. Purvuttar Yatra- Tawang AP. Bharat Lok Parva at Guwahati. Intach ‘One Beat’ at New Delhi. Sur Poorva, Junagarh.+
Calendar of Cultural & Other Activities 16th January : Mayel Lyang Open Archery competition at Darjeeling. 19th January : Athing KP Tamsang Birth Anniversary at Pochoak, Kalimpong. 25th January : Upliftment Day at Mani Gumpa, Kalimpong. 30th January : Rongnyoo Rongeet Samsa- Teesta Confluence. 18th February : Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Award of Rabindra Bhariti […]+