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Festival in city to popularize Mridanga

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 13: Different strokes for different folks! Guwahatians and people from other states of the Northeast are set to enjoy the diverse staccatos of different ethnic groups of the Northeast on one stage – Ganesh Mandir Ground, Ganeshguri, Guwahati – where ‘Chitrangada’ is going to organize a two-day Northeast Mridanga Mohotsav-2016 on January 30 and 31. Chitrangada is a Bishnupriya Manipuri Socio-Cultural organization. Talking to newsmen at Dispur Press Club today, one of the six directors of Chitrangada, Anda Sinha, and its adviser Kumkum Singha, who is former State Council of Educatiol Research and Training (SCERT) director, said: “This is the first such programme on the part of Chintrangada. Mridango being one of the very important percussion instruments that is inter-woven with both culture and religion of every ethnic community in the Northeast, Chitrangada feels it worthy to popularize this musical instrument. This, however, is not an event for completion. Our motto is to popularize Mridanga in its diverse forms and beats and to discover the ‘oneness’ among them.” Origilly the body of Mridanga was made of clay, but later some variations took place and in some ethnic groups wooden trunk is seen as the body of Mridanga or khul. According to Anda Sinha and Kumkum Singha, while a troupe of Mising drum players will take part in the festival from Lakhimpur, a Tiwa team will take part from Jagiroad, an Assamese team Barpeta Xatra, a Meitei team from Manipur, a Bodo team from Tamulpur, a Garo team from Garo Hills, a Rabha team from Dudnoi, a Bishnupriya Manipuri team each from Cachar and Karimganj, and a team from Bangladesh.

Chitrangada appealed to people belonging to various ethnic groups of the Northeast to help it to make the event a success.

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