Arunchal CM Pema Khandu taking part at Tamla-Du festival in Tezu. Image: Northeast Now
Arunchal CM Pema Khandu taking part at Tamla-Du festival in Tezu. Image: Northeast Now

Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said the essence of culture and festival of Arunachal Pradesh should be preserved.

He was speaking at the Tamla-Du festival at Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh.

“We should not forget our culture, language and civilization. We are here because of our age-old culture and tradition,” Rijiju reiterated.

Today we are celebrating the golden jubilee Tamla-Du festival at Tezu. It’s a historic moment for us. It’s a primitive festival of Mishmi’s,” he added.

Tamla-Du is predominantly agriculture and environment-friendly festival,” Rijiju further said.

He further informed that the has taken lots of steps to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.

“Tamla-Du festival is an integral and cultural life of Kman and Tawra Mishmis of Lohit and Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh,” he further said.

“Arunachal has a rich cultural and through these festivals, we are showcasing it to the world,” he added.

Earlier people didn’t know about such festivals but now they are knowing about it gradually,” he reiterated.

“Mishmi attire and jackets are one of the most colourful attires of Arunachal Pradesh. We should preserve these traditional attires,” Rijiju added.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, “It’s a historic moment for us because today we are celebrating 50th Tamla-Du festival.”

“Our government is committed to working for the development and rich culture of Arunachal Pradesh,” he added.

“I am very much happy to see the people wanting to wear traditional Mishmi attire,” he further said.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com