Tuesday 27 January 2015

Traditional Dance and Drama Competition in Arunachal Pradesh

Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Pradesh organized “Traditional Dance and Drama” competition on the occasion of Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Shati Parva and Samarth Bharat Parva. We touched 57 circles and 12 districts out of 120 circles and 18 districts of Arunachal Pradesh. More the 192 teams and 2500 youths participated from 25 December 2014 to 12 January 2015 were circle level and district level competition was conducted.  We formed the 45 committees for that purpose.
Theme of competition is
1) Deepening the root broadening the vision
2) Change & continuity
3) Sociocultural Challenges and response in modern context
The impact of this program
  • Through this program we could reach and contact around 80 circle of Arunachal
  • New sampark is developed specially with the judges, participants and the  members of indigenous organizations 
  • Our old karyakartas get activated
  • Through drama mainly cultural, educational and health awareness is created
  • The competition was totally based on traditional music instrument, traditional song with Traditional Attire and local dialect.
  • No recorded song & no electronic gadgets were used.
The 1st December to 30th December “Indigenous month” was declared by the Indigenous Faith and Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) to engage the indigenous people for Shakti pradarshan and Shakti samvardhan. “Traditional Dance and Drama” competition doubled the enthusiasm of our people and karyakartas and   gave a great impact on the Arunachlee society that almost a month the cultural atmosphere was created and it gave the confidence and a festive mood to all indigenous people.
Very enthusiastically people participated from the border area of china and Myanmar like tuting circle of upper siang district, chaglagam circle of anjow district, khimiyong circles of changlang district, lajo circle of tirap dictrict and ponchoo circle of longding district.
At Chagalgam an elderly person of mishmi community after listening the life and message of Eknathji he not only makes a song on Eknathji in mishmi dialect but also sang in front of all the public.
At manmow, a remote circle head quarter, people participated beyond our expectation. It is Christian and militant dominated circle but villagers practiced well and demonstrated traditional drama in which priest chanting and rituals were also there. It inspired us and gave a motivation that there is a spark in their core of heart for Culture and faith.
Chimpu area near to itanagar the state capital also dominated by Christian population when our karyakarta contacted there was no response because all were busy in the preparation of Charismas. After pushing 2nd time and seeing the publicity through posters they saw the prize money they got attracted and leaving there church activity they started practicing the Traditional Dance and Drama with full involvement.
Many samiti members took the responsibility and work hard to organize the Traditional Dance and Drama in their respective circle. The convener of Yingkiong Sri Ropir Bole took the responsibility for tuting circle the remotest area. He nicely conducted the competition and brought the toppers to participate in district level.