Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Preserving a way of life

Indigenous artistes perform to capacity audience

Preserving a way of life

Indigenous artistes enthralled capacity audience at Zila Shilpakala Academy auditorium on June 16 with traditional songs and dance.
They belonged to Garo, Hajong, Cooch, Banai, Dhalu and Khatriya communities of Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Tangail and Netrokona.
Clad in their traditional attire, hundreds of indigenous people also attended a day- long programme organised by Greater Mymensingh Adibasi Unnayan Council (GMAUC).
The programme titled “First Nakma, Goanbura and Panchayat (village heads) Samabesh” with the theme ‘Traditional adibasi organisations will bring development” was the first of its kind in Mymensingh region. CARITAS Mymensingh Region supported the programme.
The rendition of “mandi” choruses by the Garo artistes featured the history and traditions of indigenous communities.
The dance sequences on “Wanna” (harvest celebrations) by Garo artistes and Jhakamari by Hajong artistes focused on traditional indigenous culture.
Earlier, Principal Motiur Rahman, MP inaugurated a colourful rally brought out from local gymnasium premises marking the occasion.
A discussion was also held with State minister for Social Welfare advocate Promod Mankin, MP, as the chief guest.