by Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup to promote the fund raising for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, an important initiative to keep the primary health services of Bhutan free of charge. # Gurgaon, India Bennett took charge of an official friendly international match, Official
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the river flow by. Traditional crafts *'''Zorig Chusum School of Traditional Arts''', near National Library. Zorig Chusum was established in 1971 to preserve the thirteen traditional arts of Bhutan, and visitors are able to observe students honing their skills. There is also a small gift shop selling work created at the school. The thirteen arts are paintings, carpentry,wood carving, sculpture, casting, metal work, bamboo carving, gold & silver work, weaving, embroidery, masonry
religious festivals held in monasteries. Films made in Bhutan are very few. Quality of films produced is in a stage of improvement. National Film awards are presented in functions held in Thimphu to encourage Bhutanese film making. ''Muti Thrishing'' is a popular film which has won many National awards recently. A Bhutanese film "The Cup" made by a Bhutanese film maker was nominated for the 2000 Academy Awards (72nd Academy Awards). The only cinema hall in Thimphu, the Luger Cinema
most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance
, p. 59" Brown, p. 59 thumb left Monks at Dechen Phodrang Monastery Dechen Phodrang (File:Dechen Phodrang monastic school, Thimphu 2.jpg). To promote music in Bhutan, two music schools have been established in Thimphu, namely, the Kilu Music School and the recently established
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theater where live cultural performances take place. In 2008, the national stadium was completed together with a new river-side park. The area around the dzong and government buildings is a particularly green and an attractive district. Norzin Lam is the city's main thoroughfare and is lined with hotels, shopping complexes and hotels. Climate
by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all traditional art forms. Painting is the main theme of the institute, which provides 4–6 years of training in Bhutanese traditional art forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood carving, embroidery, and carving of statues. Images of Buddha are a popular painting done here. Brown, p
. 53" Brown, p. 53 In 2002, there were 42 TV channels under two cable operators. ''Kuensel'' was first started in Thimphu as a government bulletin in 1965, and then became a national weekly in 1986 and was the only newspaper in Bhutan until 2006 when two other news papers namely, the ''Bhutan Times'' and ''Bhutan Observer'', were introduced. ''Kuensel'', which was initially government owned, became an autonomous corporation incorporating
'''Thimphu''' ( It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's ''dzongkhags'', the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. As of 2005 it had a population of 79,185, with 98,676 people living in the entire Thimphu district.
The city is spread out longitudinally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Wang Chuu (Raidak River), also known as the Thimphu Chuu River. Thimphu is located at title Introduction: Understanding Natural Systems accessdate 2010-06-07 publisher Government of Bhutan Brown, p. 97 Palin, p. 245 Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the airport (Paro Airport) at Paro (Paro, Bhutan), connected by road some 54 kilometres (34 mi) away.
Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country's GNP. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernization. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, and national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, dance, literature and in the media. Tsechu festival (Tsechu) is an important festival when mask dances, popularly known as Cham dances (Cham Dance), are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichhoe Dzong (Tashichoedzong, Bhutan) in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year during Autumn (September October), on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.