NEFW organizes a workshop on traditional folk singing at Rasing village in Siang dist


PASIGHAT- (By Maksam Tayeng)- With the aim of promoting and advancing the traditional folk songs of the state’s Adi tribe, a two-day workshop on Adi the traditional folk songs of “Banggo Benam” and “Kongki Bote Goknam” were conducted by the North Eastern Film World (NEFW), a government-registered NGO. from Arunachal Pradesh at Rasing (Dere) village community hall in Siang district on Monday and Tuesday.

The two-day program was attended by NEFW members and local youth from Rasing village in which traditional folk song experts from Rasing village like Taro Taboh and Tagong Pajing from the same Rasing village attended as people. resources for the workshop.

Banggo Benam is sung during the traditional Adi ritual of ‘Banggo Kungar nam’ performed at home after hunting or killing wild animals to appease the animal god, especially during the Adi hunting festival of Dorung Giidi. Whereas Kongki Bote Goknam was sung by men or ‘Kebang’ speakers as a display of heroism and to strengthen warriors during wars etc.

In the workshop, melody and singing style, choreographic body movement during singing of Banggo Benam and Kongki Bote Goknam as well as Aabang (topics covered under Banggo Benam and Kongki Bote Goknam) were covered.

The materials and equipment needed for Kongki Bote Goknam and during the Banggo Kungarnam ritual were collected and the ritual was taught and performed practically under the guidance of the two resource persons.

NEFW Chairman-cum-the District Art and Culture Officer in charge of Siang District, Er. Ibrahim (Aiyiangrunam) Pajing addressed the participants and informed them of the importance of his own art and culture.

He also urged younger generations to have a stake in participating and learning their own folk songs and traditional rituals to avoid being erased from this world. He said that “the loss of one’s own culture is a loss of one’s own identity”. Therefore, Er. Pajing further urged every member of society to take it as their own responsibility to protect, preserve and promote their own art and culture.

On the closing day, NEFW presented certificates of appreciation to resource persons and participants of the two-day workshop.

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