Workshop for children in Karbi folk dance and music concludes
Diphu, July 21 (EMN): It may be for the first time that the Art & Culture department of Karbi Anglong Autonomous (KAAC) has organised a summer camp for children to train them in Karbi traditional dance and music as it was not heard earlier, said Executive Member (EM), KAAC, Town & Country Planning and Handloom & Textiles, Ratan Teron.
Attending as the chief guest at the closing ceremony cum certificate distribution function held here at the Rangsina Sarpo Cultural Hall, Lorulangso on Saturday of the 20 days summer camp on training cum workshop organised for children age between 6 to 13 years on Karbi folk dance and songs, EM Teron said, “It will be a history in Karbi Anglong as for the first time the Art & Culture department has organised a Summer Camp for children to train them on Karbi folk dance and songs.
The step taken up by the department is laudable. Children from a tender age should be given proper guidance and education. On other spheres like games and sports, art and culture etc. should train them from young age.”
Cultural Affairs, Diphu and Karbi Traditional Music, Culture and Research Institute have jointly organised the 20 days summer camp from July 1 for children to train them on Karbi folk dance like Rit nongchingdi, Nimso kerung, Hacha kekan etc., in order to keep them busy during summer vacation from school.
Altogether 113 children both boys and girls took part in the camp.
EM Teron further said, “Karbi Anglong has crossed more than nine lakhs population, but still 80 percent of people are in poverty. We are too lazy. We should build up a work culture.
If we work then there will be money and if there is money then courage will come.”
He also said now a days both boys and girls are getting married at an early age without any job or self-support. Early marriage should be discouraged, he said.
Drinking habit should be removed and concentrate on children’s education, EM Teron said.
EM, KAAC, Fisheries and Art & Culture, Rupsing Teron said, “When the cultural affairs thought of organising the summer camp for children we thought there will be no response.
But there was an over whelming response as many parents have brought their children for the summer camp.
This shows that parents as well as children are keen to learn about own culture. I should thank those parents who sent their children to the summer camp to give training on Karbi traditional dances.”
Children were dressed at their best in Karbi traditional costumes and also demonstrated folk dances of what they have learnt.
The participating children were given certificate of participation.