Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein wants refining of folk dances and cuisines of the state.

While speaking at the inauguration of a food and cultural festival in Don Bosco College, Jollang on Saturday, Mein said, “Our folk songs and dances with indigenous cuisines can be presented in a more refined way.”

“These should be included in our calendar festivals like Ziro Music Festival for showcasing to foreign tourists in order to make the popular,” he added.

The deputy CM also said Arunachal Pradesh is a multicultural state with societies living together in peace and harmony since time immemorial.

“We must strive to strengthen this bonding of love and brotherhood through cultural exchanges,” he said.

Mein called for preservation and promotion of the “rich cultural heritage” of the state in the form of a book or through documentation.

Recalling his school days, Mein said whatever he is today it is because of his schoolteachers who taught him to be disciplined through rules and regulations.

He exhorted the students to maintain discipline and not to waste time in amusement as time once wasted will not come back.

Mein further said the government is helping facilitate the young talents in games and sports and art and cultural activities for earning a living.

He urged the students to pursue their cherished goal with passion and with the spirit of professionalism in order to succeed in life.

Mein assured of supporting Don Bosco College in its pursuit of providing quality education to the people of the state.

The college’s Rector, Rev Fr C.C. Jose and Principal, Rev Fr Jose George also spoke on the occasion highlighting the main objective of the events.

Multicultural mega dances were presented and stalls of the cuisines of various tribes were put up in the festival by the students.

Among others, Doimukh MLA Tana Hali Tara, AIGP Kime Aya and joint secretary for sports and youth affairs Michael Kamki were also present.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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