Curtains come down on NE India Tiwa Cultural Fest.
JAGIROAD – The four-day NE India Tiwa Cultural Festival concluded on Sunday with a cultural nite which showcased the legacy of the colourful Tiwa traditional songs and dances at ‘Sograsal’, the venue of the festival at the Sunaikuchi Hills near here.
Renowned crooner of Tiwa traditional and modern songs, Munmun Das, besides many other invited artistes performed at the cultural nite which was inaugurated by Ananda Dewri, a senior citizen of the locality. The musical extravaganza was thronged by thousands of people drawn from in and around Jagiroad.
Earlier in the day, inaugurating the open session, Ramakanta Dewri, CEM of the Tiwa Autonomous Council called for a united bid to safeguard the existence of the Tiwa tribe. He said that the Tiwa tribe, which has a very rich cultural and linguistic heritage, today feels the pinch of multi-pronged pressure in its existence and therefore there has been the need of planned concerted endeavours by its people to make its existence intact.
He also called upon the greater Assamese society to reflect upon its responsibilities for all the tribes like the Tiwas in this context.
The open meeting of the four-day-long festival was attended by Gautam Bora, MLA and former minister, Bibekananda Doloi, Parliamentary Secretary (Veterinary) and other dignitaries. Doloi applauded the organisers saying that such ideas and endeavours would definitely go a long way in adding more colour to the otherwise multi-hued fabric of the greater Assamese culture and society.
The open meeting was chaired by the president of the festival organising committee, Prof Tulsi Bordoloi, who is also a former president of the Tiwa Sahitya Sabha. In his address, he expressed concern over the serious threats caused to the identity of the relatively smaller tribes like the Tiwas due to the direct and indirect aftermath of the phenomenon called globalisation. He called upon one and all to put up a strong resistance against all such possibilities through a concerted bid of struggle for identity on scientific lines.
Two Tiwa artistes – Niharika Senapati and Tapan Bordoloi – were felicitated in the open session that was also attended by Kumud Kochari, CEM of TKAC, Bhairab Dewri, CEM of DAC, Tankeswar Rabha, CEM of RAC, Lalsing Madar, president of TSS, among others.
The third day of the festival began with smriti tarpan initiated by Nadiram Dewri, secretary of the organising committee along with the vice-presidents Dr Padmasing Bordoloi and Dr Soneswar Deo-raja. A special round of traditional Tiwa games and sports was also organised. It was inaugurated by Parimal Pator, EM of TAC.
A symposium on ‘Role of women in the socio-cultural development of the Tiwas’ was also held during the later part of the day in which Anita Konwar, president of Tiwa Mat Maton Lanthasal, Gita Darphang of the All Tiwa Women’s Union, Karbi Anglong district committee, Amiya Pator, assistant secretary (women’s cell), ACTA, took part.
The festival also saw celebration of Usha Barat Utsav, a Tiwa folk event, which was inaugurated by writer Murulidhar Das. Rajen Gohain, MP from Nagaon, Dr Debabrata Khanikar, Principal of Sonapur College and Dr Sohail Ahmed, president of Jagiroad College Teachers’ Unit attended the event and spoke on the various aspects of the ancient folk culture.
Courtesy: by collect from Tiwa Autonomous Council office.