English | Dzongkha Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Government committed to provide support to bring major reforms in the Drayang setup

The government says it does not want to close the Drayangs but professionalise it. It has remained firm on its stance to prohibit request systems in such entertainment centres. While the Drayang Association says the request system is how Drayangs make money, the government has committed to providing support to bring major reforms in the Drayang setup.

Hidden Kingdom World Music Festival begins tomorrow

Music is the universal language of mankind and transcends any geographical, language, or cultural boundaries. Transcending boundaries and bringing together musicians and artists from 18 countries is the Hidden Kingdom World Music Festival, which begins on Wednesday.

Samuh, exclusive Bhutanese video streaming service officially launched

An exclusive Bhutanese video streaming service called Samuh officially launched today. The platform is similar to globally popular streaming service Netflix. It streams original as well as licensed contents including films, series, animation and documentaries. 

Entertainment centres, tourism and travel-related businesses exempted from license renewal

Owners of entertainment centres and tourism and travel-related businesses in the country are worried that their businesses might continue to remain closed for a few more years as the ministry of economic affairs announces exemption from renewing business license until 2023. Businesses in the entertainment and tourism and travel-related sectors have remained closed since the country reported the first COVID-19 positive case in March last year.

Entertainment centre owners served eviction notice- Gelegphu

After the first case of COVID-19 in the country in March last year, the government directed the closure of all entertainment centres. And more than ten months later, most owners of such entertainment centres are now struggling to make ends meet. In Gelegphu, the owners are now served eviction notices after failing to pay rent for almost eight months.

Actor, Director Karma Choechong dies at 37

A popular actor, Karma Choechong died this morning at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. The 37-year-old actor succumbed to a severe head injury. According to the sources, he suffered the injury after accidentally falling off a horse while shooting a movie in Saephu in Wangdue Phodrang recently.

Drayang owners unhappy with the changes the government proposes

The Prime Minister’s conditional offer to re-open the drayangs with certain reforms is not well received by the owners. They are especially not in for doing away with the ‘request system.’ In a meeting with the drayang owners earlier this month, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering asked them to alter the request practice where the women need to make contact to request patrons and suggested arranging salary system for the employees.

Bhutanese Film Industry turns 20

Bhutanese Film Industry turns 20 with over 500 films. With pure passion and dedication although void of proper film and acting schools, heavily influenced by Bollywood yet uniquely Bhutanese in its cinematic expression, the Film Association of Bhutan have come a long way.

Fundraising event for sustainability of FAB

Sustainability of the Film Association of Bhutan (FAB) Secretariat is one of the challenges faced by the Association. To address this, the existing members decided to create a trust fund to support the functioning and programs, as FAB celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

Guidelines for international co-production of films to be developed

Despite an increasing international interest to co-produce films in Bhutan, the Bhutanese Film Industry is not able to work together with international investors due to the absence of a co-production guideline in the country.

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