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Documentary film on Sikkim
SUREN MOHRA | 30 Mar 2008

The raw and unedited screening of a documentary film on sacred wetland lakes and peaks of Sikkim was held at the conference hall of Forest Secretariat here today.
 
ST Lachungpa, the Secretary cum PCCF of Forest, Environment and Wildlife was the chief guest on the occasion.

Others present were Additional PCCF, Manjeet Singh, BR Subba, Joint Secretary Tourism Department, Binita Rai, Deputy Secretary, Tourism Department, SP Subba former Director, Commerce and Industries along with other officials from the Forest Department.

The documentary film is being prepared with the sponsorship from Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department covering the exceptional glacial lakes and snowy peaks of Sikkim in an altitude ranging from 5,000 feet upto 18,500 feet along with the opulent wildlife, flowers and medicinal plants of the terrain. The film is expected to be the visual resource for the state government in the future to come with much more information and details about the lakes, glaciers and peaks.

The main idea behind screening the raw video is to invite the ideas and opinions in making the film better and presentable, informed Bindu Subba, the Programme Director.

According to her, the team covered shot videos of 30 lakes out of existing 226 lakes in Sikkim, many of them still being unidentified.

For the first time ever, the Rathung Chu glacier has been captured in the lens.
Siddhartha Rana, the PGD Wildlife Cinematographer said that the effort is to make people know more about the hidden parts of the State and also to attract more tourists to eco-tourism destinations.

"Many of anonymous lakes were discovered during our expedition which was thrilling well as risky," Rana said.

The documentary was shot within the time span of one and a half months.