A two-day ‘North East Cultural Exchange Programme’ got off a rousing start on Sunday at Ruksin in Arunachal Pradesh.
Karpung Karduk Centre for Folk Performing Art Research & Training of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Dimapur based Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre has organised the event at Rayang village (Ruksin) in East Siang district bordering Assam.
The cultural event is being organised as part of Unying Aran festival- a hunting festival of the Adi tribe of the state.
Inaugurating the event, East Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr Kinny Singh appreciated the efforts of the organizers and said cultural exchange is a medium to gather people of different ethnic communities for building unity among diversity.
She urged the local people to seek all necessary cooperation from the district administration.
Speaking the occasion, eminent Adi literature Kaling Borang explained mythological background of Unying Aran festival, said that the Adi tribe of Arunachal celebrates the festival to welcome the spring season every year.
The inauguration programme was followed by presentation of folk cultures by the cultural troupes hailed from 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.