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NEISSR observes 5th cultural day

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/25/2018 11:50:08 AM IST

North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) observed its 5th Cultural Day under the theme “Embrace cultural diversity” on August 25, at NEISSR hall. Director of the Indigenous Cultural Society, Dr. Hesheto Y. Chishi, was the special guest for the day. 

A press release from NEISSR stated that Dr. Chishi, while exhorting the gathering explained that the etymology of the word culture was derived from the Latin word “Colere” meaning to cultivate. He discussed the six prominent domains of culture namely, oral traditions, arts, social practices and events, festivity and traditional knowledge, craftsmanship and cultural economy. He opined that India was a unique country because of its cultural diversity and culture could be infused with tourism. 

Chishi encouraged the gathering to do away with the ethnocentric mindset and learn to embrace other cultures and identify them contextually to avoid misunderstandings. He concluded his speech with a Mahatma Gandhi quote, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world”.

The program was chaired by third semester students, Likoklemba A. Jamir and Shandimoinyei; invocation prayer was offered by assistant professor, Dr. Toli H. Kiba, followed by a special song from Community Development Forum; welcome note was delivered by cultural secretary, Rosa Angami; Kelekono and Susan Lotha from the Peace & Conflict Transformation Forum performed a cultural duet; a cover from Colored Keys, Jhano Neikha, Alobo Naga and Nise Meruno. To venerate the theme of the event, the first semester students performed an ethnic show, showcasing 14 different cultures.

The Youth Development Forum and Peace and Conflict Transformation Forum delivered folktales from two tribes -- Manipuri and Angami. The Community Forum performed a short play on lack of importance of cultural values in the present generation.

The event concluded with words of appreciation from students’ council, KK Among.

 

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