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Book release on World Heritage Day

Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden releasing the book ‘Northeast India, of its land people and culture’ on the occasion of World Heritage Day cum Horizon Series Programme. Author of the book Aiyushman Dutta. (Inset) Ao cultural troupe performing at NEZCC complex on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Apr. 2011 1:40 AM IST
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North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Monday celebrated “World Heritage Day” cum “Horizon Series Programme” at NEZCC complex, After launching the book titled “Northeast India, of its land people and culture” authored by Aiyushman Dutta chief guest on the occasion Geoffrey Yaden, Editor Nagaland Post described it as fruition of one and half years of dedicated work. Referring to the author, who is also a journalist working with The Sentinel in Assam, the chief guest said Aiyushman has shown that all journalists are not armchair specialists but also capable of graduating into specialists in their own right.
Complimenting the hard work done by Aiyushman from Assam for bringing out the book, the chief guest said such endeavours are fine examples of promoting understanding among people of the region. Saying that Aiyushman has set an example to the people of other states, the chief guest urged upon Nagas to also take up such ventures in recording the rich cultural history of their communities.
Geoffrey described the north east as a rich garden of various cultures and traditions and having the largest tribal communities in the country. He said in the ancient times, tribals had only oral traditions to record their history and culture and the sources are dwindling. Therefore, he said researches and records of various facets of tribal life being written in text and graphics were invaluable towards preserving tribal history adding it was time that people from the region projected their own people to the outside world.
He also reminded that preservation of culture was not about history but about seeking to understand how our forefathers saw themselves and their environment. He said any community that has no knowledge of its roots stand the risk of being uprooted and overcome by other cultures.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address Director NEZCC Kamei IPS, said the occasion to launch the book was also to coincide with World Heritage Day. Kamei said the NEZCC has been striving to preserve the rich cultural traditions of the north east through various activities.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Joint Director NEZCC Tali.
Highlights included cultural presentations by Ao, Lotha and Chakhesang cultural troupes.

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