The three-day Tani Festival-cum-second-Foundation Day celebration of Abotani Clan Organisation (ATCO) ended with a spectacular display of cultural events, games and sports competition at Donyi Polo Central Ganging ground at Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh) on Monday.
Headlining the festival was local musical band EDMB, which enthralled the massive crowd with its regional hit numbers on the concluding day of the mega event. This was followed by cultural performances, sports and games competition, traditional fashion shows, and concert performances by both local and regional artists.
Rarely-seen artefacts conserved through generations, crafts and handicrafts were on display on all three days. In addition, stalls set up at the venue showcased a wide range of the best of local cuisine and culinary talent, thus drawing foodies by the horde.
Some important decisions that were adopted during the event include erecting a statue of Abotani in all district headquarters under Tani belt, construction of Tani Bhawan in these districts, and the establishment of Tani Heritage Village. Developing a common script of Abotani clans to unify all the Abotani tribes in the State and preserve Tani language was also emphasised.
Attending as chief guest during the cultural extravaganza on the night of the inaugural day, Yachuli MLA Likha Saaya said that the youth have a vital role to play in preservation and promotion of the State’s rich cultural heritage. He also called upon the stakeholders to preserve Tani languages for posterity and to bridge the gap between descendants of Abotani.
On the third day of the event, RD Minister Alo Libang highlighted the importance of cultural and historical heritage, saying that the State cannot develop while neglecting the heritage factor. He lauded the organising committee’s efforts to protect and preserve the rich culture and traditions and hoped that in the near future the now-scattered Abotani people will be united for the development of the State.