GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi said that braving the turbulent years of history caused by series of invasions, India and its people have been able to retain the pristine glory and greatness of its culture in which modern generations can take pride.
Inaugurating Shrestha Bharat Sanskriti Samagam, an initiative of Sangeet Natak Akademi of celebrating the great cultural heritage of India by putting together diverse forms of cultural expressions drawn from different parts of the country at Srimanta Sankardeva International Auditorium on Wednesday, Mukhi said that India with her civilization history of several thousands of years, has proved the worth of an enduring heritage of culture spreading over different forms and in different directions which is unparalleled in history.
Jagdish Mukhi also said that Culture is the mirror of a society through which a community or a country finds and gives its own identity. Thanking Sangeet Natak Akademi for having chosen Assam to organize Shrestha Bharat Sanskriti Samagam, he said that Assam and North-East India presents a bewilderingly rich variety of traditions of art, both performing and visual nurtured by the phenomenal natural beauty of the region. Referring to the great Vaishnava saint, Srimanta Sankaradeva, the Governor said that the great philosopher started a cultural resurgence in the history of Assam and strengthened the bond of cultural relations between Assam and rest parts of the country. Considering Assam being the melting pot of diverse cultural traditions, Shrestha Bharat Sanskriti Samagam being held in Assam assumed a great significance.
Referring to Assam and other Northeastern states being the reservoir of rich cultural heritage, Governor Mukhi said that national institutions like the Sangeet Natak Akademi and others should explore all possibilities in harnessing all cultural potentials of this region. These institutions should also use modern scientific and technological devices in preserving and archiving the age old traditions in all aspects of Indian culture.
In this Sanskriti Samagam cultural exponents from across the country have participated to exchange the cultural traits of different participating states. Chairperson Sangeet Natak Akademi, Shekhar Sen, Member, Executive Board, Sangeet Natak Akademi Pranjal Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, Preetom Saikia and a host of other distinguished personalities were present on the occasion.
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