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“Janajatiya Gaurav Diwas” began in Meghalaya’s ‘Whistling Village’

Amongst the plethora of activities and in recognition of the unique cultural space it occupies, the village was awarded two special artistic plaques by arts and culture and tourism departments, which were handed over to the village authorities ad to the custodians of Kongthong’s unique cultural practice.

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Shillong: As a precursor to commemorate the ensuing “Janajatiya Gaurav Diwas” – Tribal Pride Week to be launched on Monday, to recognize the valiant efforts of tribal freedom fighters, a special programme was held at Kongthong, which is known as a whistling or singing village in Meghalaya over the weekend to recognise the unique cultural practices of the village as part of the continuing celebrations of Tribal Pride Week.

To recognize the unique cultural practices of “Jingrwai Iawbei” or musical name-calling of Kongthong Village which also has earned the village a distinction of being India’s nominee as “Best Tourism Village” to the UNWTO, various departments and stakeholders are collaborating by organizing several activities at Kongthong village to highlight and recognize its unique cultural practice, which has earned it several accolades within the state and also at International levels.

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Amongst the plethora of activities and in recognition of the unique cultural space it occupies, the village was awarded two special artistic plaques by arts and culture and tourism departments, which were handed over to the village authorities ad to the custodians of Kongthong’s unique cultural practice.

The NIFT prepared 75 flags and distributed it to the performers as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, besides 50 flags to the village authorities to mark Meghalaya’s Golden Jubilee of statehood.

The CRPF also arranged for 75 saplings, which were symbolically planted all over the village as part of India@75. The Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) anchored a lively ad participative workshop on ‘Sustainable Tourism/Sustainable Livelihoods and Intangible Heritage’ for the village authorities and the village tourism entrepreneurs as part of Village@75.

Other key highlights also included ensemble performances and cultural demonstrations of Jingrwai Iawbei – musical name-calling, personalized song names and tunes by the 75 performers and children of the Indigenous Agro Tourism Cooperative Society of Kongthong.

State Commissioner and Secretary for Arts and Culture, Frederick Roy Kharkongor, informed that the department has already produced a specially composed freedom song in folk fusion style extolling and celebrating the three freedom fighters of Meghalaya – U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nongbah and Pa Togan Sangma, representing Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes along with other unsung heroes.

As part of the “Janajatiya Gaurav Diwas” and in active collaboration with the ICCR, the department is at an advanced stage of preparing a special documentary series – “Revisiting the Warrior Heroes of Meghalaya”, based on the three warrior heroes of Meghalaya which will revisit their brave exploits against the colonial powers which will be showcased on social media, audio-video and all platforms with a view to honour, celebrate, ignite and inspire the present generation.

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