Sculptor Biren Singha with Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein in Namsai on Saturday.

Following the invitation of Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, eminent sculptor and artist Biren Singha reached Namsai on Saturday.

Singha, who is man behind sculpting the statue of Bhupen Hazarika installed at Bolung near Roing, will be sculpting and installing statues which will showcase the rich culture and heritage of the Tai Khamti and Singpho communities.

One of the sites for such installation will be the multipurpose cultural hall at Namsai which upon completion will be a state of the art facility.

Mein said that his invitation of Singha who happens to be his old friend was to enable installing the creations of Singha which will mirror the land and people of Namsai district.

Mein gave a brief outline of the culture and tradition of the place and his endeavours to make the young generation imbibe the age old traditions for preservation as well as propagation.

Singha in his address said that the folklores form an integral part of a tribe’s identity.

He said the cultural aspect is an introduction of the community. He appreciated the rendition of folk songs on the occasion.

Chow Sijanta Mansai, a prominent sculptor and artist from Namsai was also present and spoke about his experiences as a self taught artist.

Ven, Vimalatissa Mahathera, the Abot of Golden Pagoda also spoke and expressed his gratefulness that Singha will be contributing towards development of the arts and culture.

Singha is planning for conducting a workshop on sculpting for budding youths sometime in 2020.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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

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