Nge Tsawai Lama, a story of hope, aspiration and hard work

‘Nge Tsawai Lama’ is literally translated as ‘My Root Guru’. It is a story about how Gyem Dorji, who plays Lopen Pema, teaches in a remote school. He helps and inspires an orphan named Yonten, played by Tashi Pee Dorji, to realise his dreams of being educated.

The fictional village of Tashiling in Punakha remains etched in many Bhutanese hearts following a popular dialogue by Ap Gembo from the movie ‘Chepai Bu’. The villages will certainly enchant many Bhutanese moviegoers with its rural beauty and charm.

‘Nge Tsawai Lama’ is literally translated as ‘My Root Guru’. It is a story about how Gyem Dorji, who plays Lopen Pema, teaches in a remote school. He helps and inspires an orphan named Yonten, played by Tashi Pee Dorji, to realise his dreams of being educated.

The story revolves around Yonten, whose only guardian Angay Zam, played by Aum Karma, refuses to send him to school. Lopen Pema and his friend Wangchuk, played by Sonam R Kuensel, helps him to educate himself without going through formal education. Yonten learns while herding cattle, working or at home under the moonlight.

It is also a story about how an ‘egg’ shapes the life of Yonten, as it robs him of his youthful innocence and priorities in life.

Produced by Phuntshok Wangdi and Wangchuk Talop, ‘Nge Tsawai Lama’ entertains its viewers with a sad tale about dreams, aspirations, love and friendship.

Despite a male-dominated cast, the only female role that stands out in the movie is that of Pasa Om, played by Sherab Lhamo. She is a pretty village girl who carries herself with confidence and manages to lure Yonten with an egg. She entangles herself in Yonten and Wangchuk’s lives, changing them.

With witty and entertaining dialogues, the film has a strong plot and character development. Narrated by the veteran actor Gyem Dorji, his son Tashi Pee Dorji and an equally talented newcomer by the name of Sonam R Kuensel, viewers will not feel that the movie is two hours long.

A movie worthy of watching, it conveys quite persuasively, the message that education is important.

Tashi Dema (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.


Tag Cloud

Related Posts

Envisioning regional cooperation in South Asia through the Prism...

Ulture is more emotional and psychologically affective in forging people to people contact which will provide a proper...

Aug 02, 2017 10:02

Khakey Capturing The Snowball Culture

Yeshi Tsheyang Zam is 11-year-old. She likes to read, watch TV, and play video games and basketball in her free time....

Aug 07, 2017 13:34

Bhutan's climb to medicines safety

Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of...

Jul 17, 2018 14:31

11th Golden Youth Award Camp Aims To Inspire Bhutanese Youth To...

The camp’s theme ‘Celebrating Unity for Excellence’, is a pledge by the youth to be advocators and agents of peace,...

Jul 12, 2018 16:14

Asian Development Bank: Bhutan Among Fastest Growing Economies In...

In 2018, Bhutan’s GDP is projected to grow by 7.1 percent, the second highest growth after India (7.3 percent).

Jul 10, 2018 18:48

How Bhutan Has Changed Me: Dr Adrian Chan

Dr Adrian Chan has served the Kingdom of Bhutan since 2013. He moved here in 2015 to be the resident faculty in RIGSS.

Jul 06, 2018 14:26

Latest

News

Drukair Orders New Aircraft That's Equipped With Latest Visual Technology

The new ClearVision technology on the aircraft allows pilots to get a clear picture of the runway while landing the aircraft.

Jul 19, 2018 12:47

After 9 Years, The Amochhu Bridge In Bhutan Finally Opened On 14 July 2018

The driving distance between Phuentsholing and Samtse is now reduced to 57km from 81.2km

Jul 18, 2018 14:57

Features

Bhutan's climb to medicines safety

Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse drug...

Jul 17, 2018 14:31

11th Golden Youth Award Camp Aims To Inspire Bhutanese Youth To Excel Holistically

The camp’s theme ‘Celebrating Unity for Excellence’, is a pledge by the youth to be advocators and agents of peace, harmony and...

Jul 12, 2018 16:14

Sports

Future Of Bhutan’s Women Football Depends On The Development Of Local Coaches

The football coach of the national women’s team, Sung Jea Lee said that there is a need to train local coaches.

Jul 08, 2018 18:16

Bhutan’s Two Young Representatives Shared Their Unforgettable Experiences At The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Bhutan was represented by two students, Rigzin Tenzin, 12, from Gelephu and Kinley Deki Yangzom, 12, from Lobesa Lower Secondary School,...

Jun 30, 2018 14:06

Business

Cottage And Small Industry Which Saw 20% Growth Is A Pillar Of Bhutan’s Industry Sector

To date, the CSIs constitute more than 90 percent of Bhutan’s industry sector.

Jul 19, 2018 13:46

Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Has Generated Profits And Served More Than 500 Tourists And Locals Since 2016

The RBHS was launched with the primary objective of providing services during medical emergencies and natural disasters and also for tourism...

Jul 14, 2018 14:23

Travel

Heading To Haa, Bhutan For The Summer Festival? Here Are Some Culinary Delights You Must Not Miss!

Savour the most delectable cuisine from the province of Haa in Bhutan.

Jul 13, 2018 14:54

Rare Masked Dances - One Of The Unique Features Of The Kholong Tshechu (Brawl Festival) In Bhutan

“Other dances like the Pha-dong chham, Sangling Ngachham, and Terchham among others are not performed in any part of the country,” said...

Jul 03, 2018 14:44

Lifestyle

Suja – Bhutanese Butter Tea Infused With Happiness To Kickstart Your Day

Traditionally, Suja is made from tea leaves, water, salt and yak butter.

Jul 17, 2018 17:19

Bhutan Film Festival Held In Sikkim To Commemorate 50 Years Of Bhutan-India Friendship Ended With Colourful Traditional Dances

Bhutanese celebrities and Sikkim’s local artists performed various traditional and cultural performances at the festival.

Jul 15, 2018 14:32

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!