The annual 100 Hundred Drums Wangala Festival began at the Saras Fair, which is being held simultaneously during this three-day festival in Asanang from 7 to 9 November 2019, with the Indigenous Games and Handloom, Handicrafts and other local products created by local self-help groups.
In the presence of Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioners C N Sangma, Ramakrishna Chitturi, Block Development Officer, Rongram C & RD Block, S Ch Momin, Chairman, 100 Drums Wangala Committee, L R Ch Momin, Members of Saras Fa, the Chief Executive Member (CEM), Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Tura Dipul R Marak.
Speaking at the event, Dipul Marak said the region's women's folk are very good at making and baking pickles, traditional food products like weaving, dress making, among others. He also stated that the state's organic turmeric is being exported to other countries and therefore urged all the region's people to buy and use organic local products, as well as supporting and encouraging local businessmen to sell their products.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh announced that the Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Society (MSRLS) organized Saras Fair is a program under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to alleviate poverty and ensure financial inclusion and livelihood aid for the area's self-help groups. He also said the Fair provides a platform for rural craftsmen to sell their products and thus support the region's self-help groups ' livelihood activities.
It may be noted that every year in the second week of November, the Wangala is the Garos ' most important post-harvest festival. It is a ceremony of thanks to Misi Saljong, also known as Pattigipa Ra?rongipa (The Great Giver) for blessing the people with the season's rich harvest.
The Hundred Drums Wangala festival which began at Asanang in 1976, the headquarters of the Rongram Development Block near Tura, has grown over the years under the patronage of the Meghalaya government and fostered by the organization of the festival.
Indigenous Games like Jakpong Pe?a, Rongma Chilsusa?a, Rongma Gosusa?a, Wa?pong sika, An?ding Oka were organised on the first day of the festival. Another added attraction to this years' festival are the special dance performed by Tura Government College, Ruga Dance and Atong-Chugan on the first day of the festival.
Tug of War, Cultural Competitions, Rugala Chachat So?a, Dani Doka and Rhythm of 100 Drums will be held on the following days.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-11-08 4:35 PM