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Meghalaya celebrates ‘Hundred Drums’ festival
Correspondent TURA, NOV 13:
Published on 14 Nov. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today called upon each and every citizen to join hands in preserving their rich traditional culture and custom of the region.
He was addressing the 32nd Hundred Drums Wangala Festival at Asananggre, the headquarters of Rongram community and Rural Development Block in state’s West Garo Hills district.
Sangma said that through the Wangala festival, the cultural heritage of the Garos can be preserved. He urged upon the people to participate and contribute towards promoting the festival to higher levels, making it a more spectacular event, particularly, as a tourist attraction.
To achieve this goal, the youth has to be motivated and should be involved in the process, he added.
He also informed that the Chief Minister’s Youth Development Programme has been enhanced for preserving and promoting the culture and traditions, like music and dances of the indigenous people of Meghalaya.
Later, the chief minister also released the magazine of the A’chik Literature Society called “A’chik Ku’rang.”
It may be mentioned that altogether 10 Wangala dance troupes drawn from different parts of Garo hills took part in the festival and competed against each other to be the winner of the best Wangala dance troupe 2010.
Meanwhile, this year the Wangala dance troupes from Bangladesh, Assam and Nagaland also displayed their skills at the festival.
The other highlights of the day were, performance by the Wangala drummers of Garo Hills who participated during the opening ceremony of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi.

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