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SIVASAGAR, Feb 2: The 4th All Assam Tribal Cultural Meet was organized recently in Sivasagar by the Sivasagar Tribal Cultural Association under the aegis of Oil and tural Gas Corporation Ltd. with a view to join the tion in the year-long celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar. The aim of the meeting was to showcase, preserve and promote the traditiol cultures of the indigenous people of this region of India.
The iugural function was held on January 22 at the Sivasagar Yuva Dol premises. The programme was commenced with a chorus, followed by lighting of lamp by Puram Mili, president, CWC, AISCSTEWA, ONGC and offering of floral tributes to the portrait of Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar. The cultural workshop was iugurated by rayan Konwar, Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner talked about the immense contribution made by Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar in tion-building and his noble vision to bring equality, justice and fraternity for all citizens of India. He also appreciated Sivasagar Tribal Cultural Association for organizing such an important programme to honour the chief architect of the Indian Constitution through cultural programmes and extended his best wishes to the organizers.
Ashwini Kr. Doley, Additiol Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar, SK Wadhwani GM (HR), Head-HR/ER and Kashyap Joshipura, CM (CC), ONGC Assam Asset among the distinguished guests attended the programme. The different cultural troupes of the indigenous people of Assam presented dance in the iugural function.
After carrying out various cultural training of different tribes for five days simultaneously with the programme, the fil and valedictory function was held on January 27 at Katiori Panidehing, Sivasagar. The programme was followed by flag hoisting, iuguration of handicraft and handloom stall for self-help groups, tree plantation and presentation of cultural programme by ethnic groups across from Assam.
An open session was also organized during the programme to share awareness on various important topics on human resource development, promotion of cultural diversity and the significance of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar. The open session was iugurated by Mangal Deori, eminent educationist and former chairman of ITDP, Government of Assam, with Puram Mili in the chair.
Budhin Deuri, ED-Asset Mager, ONGC Assam Asset graced the valedictory function as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Deuri exhorted the contribution of Dr. BR Ambedkar towards tion-building, especially opening doors of education for the most margilized section of the Indian society. Deuri added that Babasaheb’s unparalleled role for woman empowerment would always be remembered. He further said that the young generation must follow the path shown by Babasaheb so that they could contribute to the tion’s progress. Deuri also lauded the efforts of the Tribal Cultural Association for taking such a good initiative for preservation and promotion of the rich culture of the indigenous people of Assam through commemorating the great son of India and chief architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr. BR Ambedkar.
Kamakhya Pasad Tassa, MP, Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency and MLA Kushal Dowari also graced the occasion as guests of honour, while Milan Sonowal, president, All Assam Tribal Sangha, BC Das, Regiol Vice-President (CWC) AISCSTEWA, ONGC, Eastern Sector, Suruj Kr Patiri, president, Mising Dirbi Kebang, Ivan Hazarika, vice-president, AISCSTEWA, ONGC, Assam branch and Madhob Jyoti Deori, prominent writer graced the occasion as special guests.
A souvenir brought out on the occasion titled Axomor Bhumiputra, edited by Dembi Ram Panging, was released by Kashyap Joshipura, CM (CC),ONGC Assam Asset. All the dignitaries presented in the programme extended their well-wishes and appreciated the organizers for making the event a grand success.
The day-long programme included the presentation and showcasing of different cultures of different tribes of Assam like Bodo, Mising, Karbi, Tiwa, Deori, Singphow, Sonowal, Mech, Thengal-Kachari, ga and Garo.
Krish Kanta Mech, secretary, Sivasagar Tribal Cultural Association delivered the welcome address while KC Mech, president, Sivasagar Tribal Cultural Association delivered the vote of thanks.