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Hundred-Drum Wangala Festival begins in Asanang

HP NEWS SERVICE
Tura, Nov 7: The Annual Hundred Drums Wangala Festival began with the indigenous games and handloom, handicrafts and other local products produce by local Self Help Groups were exhibited at the Saras Fair which is being simultaneously organised during this three-day festival at Asanang from today.
The Chief Executive Member (CEM), Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Dipul R Marak inaugurated the Saras Fair in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills district, 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, participants of Saras Fair and other dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion, Dipul Marak said that womenfolk of the region are very good in preparing pickles and traditional food items and also skilled in weaving, dress making among others.
Mentioning that the organic turmeric from the State is being exported to other countries, Marak said, “I urge all the people of the region to buy and use local products which are organic and also help and encourage the local entrepreneurs to sell their products.”
Meanwhile, the DC informed that Saras Fair which is being organised by the Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Society (MSRLS) is a programme under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to alleviate poverty and ensure financial inclusion and livelihood support to Self Help Groups of the area.
“The Fair provides a platform for the rural artisans to sell their produce and thereby promote the livelihood activities of the Self Help Groups of the region,” Singh said.
It may be mentioned that the Wangala is the most significant post harvest festival of the Garos generally held in the second week of November every year. It is a thanksgiving ceremony to Misi Saljong also known as Pattigipa Ra?rongipa (The Great Giver) for having blessed the people with rich harvest of the season.
The Hundred Drums Wangala festival which was started in the year 1976 at Asanang, the Headquarters of Rongram Development Block near Tura has grown over the years under the patronage of the Government of Meghalaya.
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.