SHILLONG, Oct 04: The West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh has urged the organizers to expand the scope and horizon of 100-Drums Wangala Festival by including other side shows like short marathon, adventure sports like trekking and hiking to nearby Nokrek and Durama Hills and sporting events for children.
This he said while participating in a preparatory review meeting held on Wednesday at DRDA Hall, Tura, for ensuing 100-Wangala Festival 2018 slated for the second week of November.
The Deputy Commissioner said that 100-Drums Wangala Festival which is already renowned and known to everyone at near and far, besides showcasing the rich cultural and traditional usages of the Garos, has the potential to support livelihood and tourism in a big way in Garo Hills if marketed and packaged properly.
In order to facilitate and convenience the visiting tourists during the festival, he underlined the need to have in place operators of organized Travel Agencies and home stay facilities as the tourists would prefer to have first hand feel of local and indigenous ambience.
The Deputy Commissioner who is stickler in matters of cleanliness have also suggested slew of measures to deal and manage with the garbage likely to be generated during and after the festival and to brand the festival as ‘cleanest festival’.
Earlier, the Chairman of the 100-Drums Wangala Festival, L.R.Ch. Momin, informed that the Committee has been making every effort to bring in some innovations and value additions to the festival while keeping the core substance of the Wangala Festival intact
He added that a Mini Museum showcasing the cultural and usages of the Garos would be on display and front facia of the main gate including pandals for VIPs and guests as well as resting ‘A.tips’ (pandals) for troupes would be designed in a way which reflects the culture and traditions of the Garos.
He also earnestly being requested the people to donate artifacts other materials of cultural significance to this Mini Museum generously.