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NEZCC to promote tribal folk & art forms
Dimapur, Nov 14(NPN):
Published on 15 Nov. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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Members of the Governing Body of the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC)held a review meeting at the conference hall Sunday where Dr. L.D. Mahaptra, archivist from the ministry of culture, spoke on the need to promote symbiosis of cultures between traditional and contemporary.
He said tribal art forms were least documented in the north east (Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh etc), states that had more complex cultural patterns than other regions.
Dr. Mahapatra also said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who also looks after the Culture affairs ministry, disclosed that he would be taking a new look for promotion of culture.
He also stressed on the need to document various traditional art forms of the north east such as ornaments, jewelleries, agri-implements by archiving them. He also emphasized on the need to protect and preserve folklores and tribal art forms as many of them were disappearing.
North East Zone Cultural Centre, established in 1986 at Dimapur, Nagaland, and as the name suggests, is supposed to be a cultural umbrella for all the states in the region-Assam, Arunachal Pradesh,Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Manipur is with the East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata and later became a member of the NEZCC. Assam and Tripura also followed suit and are members of both the Cultural Centres.
Deliberating on the matter of dual membership, a member pointed out the financial assistance was distributed evenly for all members including those states with dual membership with the East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata such as Manipur, Assam and Tripura.
This meant that funds had to be evenly distributed to all members (both full and dual) which inadvertently provided dual members such as Manipur, Assam and Tripura receiving financial assistance both from the NEZCC and EZCC.
Full member states like Mizoram,Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, which had folklore and tribal art forms, unlike Manipur and Assam including Tripura, the latter three which had developed classical art forms.
It was pointed out that while classical artistes were paid between Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000 per day, tribal artistes were paid only Rs.250 per day for performances.
A member also expressed the view that instead of forming seven more Zonal Cultural Centres, as being mooted, it would be advisable instead, to provide more funds to existing ZCC so as to strengthen them.
Responding to the point for increasing the corpus fund of the NEZCC, Dr.Mahapatra said the Centre was contemplating on better funding for all Cultural Zones and deploying better qualified officers to play supportive roles in the Zonal Cultural Centres.
Those who also participated included former NEZCC Directors –Hekhali Zhimomi, Dr.Temsula, Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden, Secretary to Governor Ramakrishna IAS current Director NEZCC Som Kamei IPS and Director in-charge Talinokcha.

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