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Oral tradition keeps history & culture alive: Konwar

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC. 6 (NPN)
Published on 6 Dec. 2012 11:55 PM IST
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Vice chancellor Nagaland University Prof. B.K. Konwar on Thursday said oral tradition was a way to keep the history and culture of the people alive through story-telling.

He was addressing the Hornbill literature fest 2012 organized by department of Art and culture and tourism of Nagaland at Bamboo Heritage Hall Kisama.

Konwar said oral tradition cum lore was the manner in which information was passed from one generation to the next in the absence of writing or a recording medium. He said Naga in their own way teach their children right from the birth stories and legends about survival, endurance, respect for nature.
VC said the rich heritage and traditions of Nagas sustained orally through generations in isolation need documentation through writing, recording and documentation in the present days of globalization. He advised Nagas should formalize a common lingua-franca with unique and acceptable script and numbers.

Poems were recited by Vishü Rita Krocha poet and journalist from her  poetries ‘To spring’, from the book- A bucket of rain, ‘Then he passed me’ and ‘My pen’ from her book Echoes of spring, Nini Lungalang recited her poetry ‘Dust’, ‘Listening’, ‘Nocturne’, ‘Greetings, pain’, ‘ Two Children’, ‘A teardrop of blood’, ‘Chapel’ and ‘Farewell’ .

There was also a panel of discussion on the topic “From oral tradition to literary progression” participated by Hekali Zhimomi IAS, Easterine Kire, Khekiye K. Sema IAS (Rtd), Dr. D. Kuolie and Prof. Temsula. 

Later, 6 books were released by Deo Nukhu MLA advisor Art & culture and Himato Zhimomi commissioner Art and culture.

The Ao- “Naga oral tradition” (2nd edition) authored by Prof. Temsula Ao, ‘Bitterworm’ translated book in German with a bilingual section poems authored by Easterine Kire, ‘Land and Land Relations’ ( a journal) edited by Visakhonuo Hibo, ‘Taboos, myths & legend’ edited by Dr. R. Chumbeno Ngullie & Visakhonuo Hibo, ‘ Stones and monolith-tales immortalized’ by Vikhor Tepa and Vibeizo Khamo and ‘The Naga story- first armed struggle in India’ by Harish C. Chandola.    

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