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Traditional Music Workshop Begins in Garo Hills

Traditional Music Workshop Begins in Garo Hills
May 17
11:51 2017

NET Bureau

Saidul Khan

A weeklong workshop on crafting of traditional musical instruments and playing technique began at Selsella in West Garo Hills on Tuesday.
Organised by the Department of Art and Culture, the workshop aims to promote and preserve the art form of the Garo community.
While speaking the inaugural ceremony, Forest and Environment minister of Meghalaya, Clement Marak, underlined the importance of preservation of indigenous music. “The traditional musical instruments used by our forefathers are being substituted by modern and western musical instruments. “
He further suggested that if the younger generation do not learn and understand its culture it will die.
“Art and Culture department of Meghalaya is making an endeavour to revive the practice and teach the youth to craft local instruments to protect the rich traditional knowledge of the Garos,” he mentioned.
The minister also urged the students to continue the process of learning these traditional musical instruments even after attending the workshop and also advised them to take it as a profession in their future career and also facilitate the society in preserving the rich traditions of our forefathers.
Experts of Garo traditional musical instruments, Diwal Sangma and Gredin Sangma both from Rombagre and Dhirot Marak from Gondenggre, West Garo Hills would be instructing the participants about crafting and playing Drums, Sarenda, Chigring and various other traditional musical instruments.


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