Shillong, November 10: The Chief Executive Member, Garo Hills Autonomous District Council ( GHADC), West Garo Hills, Boston Marak today inaugurated the Handicraft Exhibition organised by the District Commerce and Industries Centre, Tura and Gaj Yatra by Wildlife Trust of India at the venue of the 100 Drums Wangala Festival and Cultural Extravaganza.
Speaking on the occasion, Boston Marak said “A person is identified and recognized by the culture and traditions of the society they belong to and it is the custom and practices that guide the people of the society to uphold the rich cultural traditions. It is culture through which people learn to live a better life in the society”.
He further stated that culture is not static, hence, one should eliminate those practices which is detrimental to our society and change according to the change of time. He also urged the people to preserve and protect the environment of the region which is also part culture and to preserve the good values of their forefathers.
It may be mentioned that Gaj Yatra is a journey aimed at celebrating elephants and evoking social and political will to conserve India’s National Heritage Animal in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The Yatra is going to be a road show imbibing local art and culture, travelling through 12 states (4000 villages) which have population of wild elephants. The Yatra will reach Delhi on August 2018 after travelling over 11,000 kms across the country and envisions celebrating the National Heritage Animal with the Prime Minister of India on Independence Day with 101 specially curated eco-friendly elephant art pieces representing the 101 corridors to be secured for the Right of Passage of elephants.
During the program, the Chief Guest also distributed prizes to the winners of the indigenous games held the day before.