On invitation of the deputy commissioner Dr M S Lakshmi Priya, a troupe of 21 artistes from Thailand and China arrived in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar on Monday.
The troupe visited various historical sites of the district.
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Accompanied by the members of the team ‘Soulful Sivasagar’, the artistes visited the historical monuments and tourism sites like Siva Doul, Sivasagar Tank, Ring Ghar, Talatal Ghar, Na-Pukhuri etc and tried to familiarize themselves with the glorious past and magnificent heritage of the district.
The team was stationed in Jorhat to perform in the ‘South Asian Cultural Conference and Exhibition’ which began from November 1 last at Sukafa Samannay Kshetra, Jorhat.
Noted folk artiste Jina Rajkumari had been coordinating with the team.
It’s noteworthy that as part of the initiatives of mission ‘Soulful Sivasagar’, the deputy commissioner invited the team to visit the district.
On their arrival, the deputy commissioner extended warm welcome to the troupe.
In the afternoon, the team of Thai and Chinese artistes had lunch at the Assam Tourism Complex located at Rudra Sagar.
They were served ethnic and traditional delicacies, which they very much relished.
The Thai and Chinese artists enthralled the spectators with their respective region’s folk music and dance performances.
As part of the initiative of the District Children and Adolescent Cell under UNICEF, a group of students performed traditional ‘Diha Naam’ and ‘Jikir’.
Through their presentation, the students tried to create awareness against alcoholism and misuse of internet.
On request of the Thai and Chinese artistes, the deputy commissioner presented a soulful rendition of Carnatic classical music composed by Saint Tyagaraja (Kriti: Samaja Vara Gamana, Raga: Hindolam, Tala: Adi).
The foreign artistes were in all praises about the performance.
Addressing the gathering, the deputy commissioner Dr M S Lakshmi Priya said that music has no language.
Music has a unique power to strengthen human bond cutting across the barriers of caste, community, language and even geographical boundaries.
She apprised the team about various initiatives taken through mission ‘Soulful Sivasagar’ to usher in a huge transformation to the district’s tourism scenario.
She thanked the entire team of visiting artists and called them upon to revisit the district in future.