AMPATI, Dec 02: A lack of knowledge is leading to people losing their identity, according to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma who has stressed the importance for people to know their roots.
Dr. Sangma had made this statement on Friday while speaking during a function to mark the inauguration of the Hajong Cultural Centre and Museum. On the day, Dr. Sangma had also inaugurated the Hajong Boy’s Hostel, Tura, at Saptoka under Betasing C & RD Block in South West Garo Hills (SWGH).
The cultural centre and museum was conceptualized by Dr. Sangma as a platform for the people to showcase their culture and a hub of traditional activities.
“Micro communities are losing their identities as they are getting assimilated into other communities,” Dr. Sangma had said on the day.
The Chief Minister emphasized on the need to preserve one’s cultural heritage and stated that certain practices like enacting folklore through dramas are vanishing and have to be revived. As such, he implored the older generation to motivate and teach the youth the forgotten or vanishing arts related to their culture like playing traditional musical instruments, dance, drama and such.
“The display of culture through various forms of traditional art is one aspect of preserving age old customs and teaches the younger generation to appreciate and preserve their identity,” he said.
Dr. Sangma informed that the Museum can be used to display culture and also a place to hold workshops, trainings and such on skills linked to the people’s traditions and heritage.
Speaking on the problems regarding accommodation faced by students studying outside their hometowns the Chief Minister said that hostels played an important role in mitigating the dilemma.
Earlier delivering the welcome address, the Deputy Commissioner of SWGH, Cyril Darlong Diengdoh said that identity is one of the most important facets of being human. “Unless the younger generations know their peoples rich cultural heritage they cannot move forward,” he said.