Shillong Autumn festival came to an end on November 20 with lots of surprises for the visitors, including the magnificent fire display by artistes from UK and Russia and the majestic canvas painting by eminent and fine artists from all over the North Eastern states.
The community Art Workshop was conducted by MTDF member and artist, Raphael Warjri, Rembrandt I Kharnaior, Benedict Skhemlang Hynniewta and Thomas Mylliemumlong of Meghalaya, Panger Onen and Lima Aonok of Nagaland, Henba Temsuba and Imobi Sharma of Manipur, Noni Borpujari, Kishore Kumar Das and Shyamalee Chaliha of Assam, Muran Mog and Devdas Debbarma of Tripura and Ms C Laltanpui and Sapkaikailiana of Mizoram. The theme was conceptualized based on the poem ‘The bosom of our land’ and initially all the artists had a brain storming session, and ultimately, a common colour scheme was devised throughout the entire canvas.
Later, each artist painted their personal expression on the portion assigned showing their respective folklore. The synergy of the concept translated into the landscape of the region, after each pieces were joined together. All the artists were felicitated by the MTDF in the presence of the chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma, Tourism minister Ampareen Lyngdoh and a host of dignitaries. Finally the giant painting was auctioned with the highest bid by Adhunik Cement for two lakh rupees, and subsequently presented to the Government of Meghalaya.
The ambience of rustic village huts in all the stalls provided quality service to every visitor. The wonderful gazebos along the shore of the Umiam Lake enchanted the viewers and dwellers. The local boat racing and archery competition further enhanced the atmosphere. The harmony of folk songs and contemporary music, the rhythm of folk and modern dances with the fashion display of ethnic costumes in up to date trend fascinated every visitors.
Further, music bands comprise of Alive from Sikkim and the local bands Afflatus, Street Stories and Somersault from Shillong enthralled the audience. The fashion show was choreographed and presented by Daniel Syiem, a local fashion designer who also made a mark at Bangkok fashion hub.