Shillong: A two-day commemoration of the World Indigenous Day and Year of International Languages 2019 organized by Grassroot in collaboration with the International Indigenous Women’s Forum came to a close at Pastoral Centre, Shillong on Saturday. Speaking as chief guest of the occasion, CEM, KHADC, Tienwell Dkhar said, “It is language that internalises us as an ethnic group. As humans we either live by the word or die by the word”. He also stressed on the importance of language that our ancestors speak which would go on to define us as we grow to maturity.
However, he said that we should also be wary of putting too much stress on cultural practices, in this case cultural fads, which may prove to be an obstruction against our inevitable march towards modernity and the changing times.
The programme titled as “la lawei ka ktien baiar u hynñiewtrep hynñiewskum” asked young participants to brainstorm on the various issues of the khasi language. The young participants presented many issues pertaining to the challenges faced by the Khasi language in exerting it’s importance in the modern times.
As a measure of strengthening the theme of the programme, the day ended with a performances by Meghalaya‘s own, Da Thymmei and Pynter Orchestra, two of the most critically acclaimed acts in the traditional music scene in the State.