Two days cultural exchange programme begins

[Prafulla Kaman]
RAYANG, Mar 17: A two-day North East cultural exchange programme began on Sunday evening under the joint aegis of Karpung Karduk Centre for Folk Performing Art Research & Training of Arunachal Pradesh and Dimapur based Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre here under East Siang district.
The organizers are conducting the cultural event on account of Unying A:ran festival- a hunting festival of the Adi tribe of the state. Inaugurating the cultural event, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr Kinny Singh appreciated the efforts of the organizers and said cultural exchange is a medium to build unity among different ethnic communities.
She has urged the local people to seek all the necessary cooperation from the district administration.
Speaking on the occasion, eminent Adi literate Kaling Borang explained mythological background of Unying A:ran festival and said that the Adi tribe of Arunachal celebrates the festival to welcome spring season every year.
Among others, organizing chairman and folk artist Delong Padung, District Art & Cultural Officer Agosti Jamoh spoke on the occasion.
The inauguration programme was followed by presentation of folk culture by different NE states, wherein living tradition of different ethnic tribals of the region were displayed. Thus, Wangala (Garo folk dance) of Meghalaya, Hazagiri dance of Rehang tribe of Tripura, Pung Cholom and Thang-ta dance of Manipur, Cheraw dance of Manipur, Bihu dance of Assam and Yakjong, Bari and Tappu (War) dance of Adis of Arunachal were presented on the occasion. The cultural event will conclude on Monday evening.