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Bimal Gurung to campaign for Anushka Chettri, Fan club to welcome DID girl in Darjeeling

Bimal Gurung  to campaign for Anushka Chettri, Fan club to welcome DID girl in Darjeeling
Darjeeling, June 3: Bimal Gurung has decided to start a campaign in the hills once again but this time it will be for eight-year-old Anushka Chettri and not for any political purpose.
Anoushka, a Class III student of Loreto Convent, is among the top five contestants in a TV reality show, +Dance India Dance -Little Master Season 3, which is for children aged between four and 12. The programme is aired on Zee TV from 9pm to 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president today directed the party leaders to start a campaign across the hills for the girl and urge people to vote for her by registering a missed call on 1800-833-600-3. The last number, three, is for Anoushka and other contestants are also assigned a single-digit number for the audience to vote for them.
One can also log in to the website of the TV channel and vote for their favourite contestant. However, Gurung didn’t give any direction with regard to the voting on the website. The voting will be held from 8pm every Saturday till 8am every Monday till the end of the show.
The campaign by Gurung is not the first of its kind.
The Morcha’s rise to fame is largely attributed to a similar campaign started by Gurung in 2007. Then, a hill singer, Prashant Tamang, had been taking part in another reality show, Indian Idol, telecast by Sony TV. Gurung formed the Prashant Tamang Fan Club and mobilised support for the singer who went on to win the show.
Within days of Prashant’s win, Gurung formed the Morcha and used the fan club to oust GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh from the DGHC.
This time around, Gurung has no such challenges.
Binay Tamang, assistant secretary of the Morcha, said: “Members of the Anoushka Fan Club met our party president Bimal Gurung. Our leader has directed us to start a campaign to garner support for the dancer. We have already passed the instruction to our cadres.”
Anoushka, a resident of MP Road in Darjeeling, is in Mumbai at present to take part in the show. She will be in her hometown on June 5 and 6.
“The information and cultural affairs department of the GTA has also decided to support the events that will be organised by the Anoushka Fan Club in Darjeeling for four days from June 5,” said Binay, who is also the executive Sabha member of the GTA in charge the department.
Sheetal Subba, member of the Anoushka Fan Club, said: “On June 5 and 6, a special programme (dance) will be held at Chowrasta by the Kanchenjungha Nritya Academy and Anoushka will be present. On June 7 and 8, other artistes from Darjeeling will perform at Chowrasta.”
Kanchenjungha Nritya Academy is patronised by Gurung.
On June 6, the Anoushka Fan Club and the GTA’s information and cultural affairs department will bring out a rally from the Darjeeling Railway Station to Chowrasta.
“We have requested different communities in the hills to participate in the rally wearing their traditional attire to drum up support for Anoushka,” said Binay.(TT)

Fan club to welcome Darjeeling girl of DID reality show fame


The Anushka Fan Club has decided to give a grand welcome to the little girl from the hills who has entered the fifth round of a TV reality dance show. Anushka will be in Darjeeling shortly for a television shoot ahead of the final round.
A student of Loreto Convent, Anushka Chhetri (8), along with another contestant from the hills, is among the favourites to lift the title in the Dance India Dance Little Master show, a TRP gorging reality dance show.
Members of the Anushka Fan Club, which was formed here this April, today said they will organise a number of programmes to encourage Anushka further as well as to garner more votes for her. Anushka resides in the MP Road of town and will be dropping home on June 5, Thursday for a shoot accompanied by the organisers of the reality show.
Speaking to the media, fan club member Sheetal Subba said, “Anushka will be Darjeeling for two days, on June 5 and 6. She will be accompanied by crew members of the reality show for a profile shoot of hers. It will take place in Anushka’s residence, her school, her dance academy and with her friends. We want to welcome Anushka home in a grand way as she has made us all proud by reaching the fifth round of the dance show.”
Triveni Sangitalaya Nritya Academy, Anushka’s dance academy, will be helping her fan club, while the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration will provide logistics support.
“We met GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung and he has assured to extend all support, while the GTA information and cultural affairs department will provide us with logistics support. We are thankful for the support and appeal to the residents of the hills to help Anushka emerge triumphant,” said Subba.
The Darjeeling hills witnessed a massive change in its political structure in 2007 after the people rallied for local boy Prashant Tamang, who ultimately went on to become the first person from the Nepali/Gorkha community to win the Indian Idol, a national-level reality singing competition. The wave that had been created by a reality show eventually went on to displace the political dispensation then to usher in a new entity.
The fan club will hold a variety programme on June 5 at Chowrastha and organise a cultural rally from the railway station premises the following day. Preparations have already been finalised for a grand reception to Anushka when she lands at Bagdogra airport. When she makes her way up the hills, the dancing sensation will be followed by a huge procession of vehicles filled with her admirers, while ‘Welcome Gates’ are also expected to be erected at vantage points up to Darjeeling town.
GTA executive member and GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang confirmed all logistics support would be extended to the fan club during the two days it will fete Anushka.
“She is the pride of the hills. Our chief executive has promised personal support to the fan club. It must be remembered that the hill people have always united whenever required to send out a clear message and we hope everyone will come forward to help the club this time too,” said Tamang.(EOIC)

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