Kamrupia Dhuliya
A view of the inaugural ceremony.

A 10-day workshop on Kamrupia Dhuliya, a dying art form of the Kamrup region of Assam has been underway at Khelua Hari Mandir in Nalbari.

The workshop, which began on Saturday, has been organized by the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata under the Union Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam.

The workshop has been conducted by CHHAYA-The Shadow, Nalbari, a cultural organization of Assam.

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The workshop has been organized with the objective of preservation, promotion and documentation of Kamrupia Dhuliya, the vanishing art form of Assam.

The Kamrupia Dhuliya is a rare traditional folk drummer from Kamrup, usually in the art form a performer, who plays large and wide big drum called Bor Dhul, mostly in ethnic festivals, traditional weddings or especially folk religious traditions of aboriginal Saivite or Sakti cults.

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Though associated with playing the Bor Dhul, the Kamrupia Dhuliyas are known for mixing acting and acrobatic skills with the same during some acts.

The spontaneity of expressions and quickness of mind and feet were the hallmarks of Kamrupia Dhuliyas.

Drumming is accompanied by songs and acting skills sometimes.

In the inauguration ceremony on Saturday as the chief guest, Swarswati Barman, senior cultural activist, inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Pranjit Deka, cultural officer of Rabindra Bhavan, Guwahati; Karuna Bharali, former secretary Asam Sahitya Sabha; Satish Das, dramatist; Amarjyoti Das, local Panchayat president and Jatin Talukdar, social activist and other dignitaries.

The workshop is being held under the guidance of Guru of Kamrupia Dhuliya Lohit Patowari and his associates.

It will continue till October 4, 2021.

Workshop convener Goutam Kumar Das delivered the introductory speech at the workshop.

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