Ampati, December 02: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Decembr 01 inaugurated both the Hajong Cultural Centre and Museum and Hajong Boys Hostel at Saptoka, Tura under Betasing C & RD Block in South West Garo Hills. Betasing MDC Nripen Koch and Dr Sangma inaugurated the two infrastructures in the presence of South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Cyril Darlong Diengdoh, Additional Deputy Commissioner HDB Sangma, Superintendent of Police Bobby W Momin and Meghalaya Hajong Welfare Association Secretary Diven Hajong.
The cultural centre and museum was conceptualized by as a platform for the people to showcase their culture and a hub of traditional activities.
Addressing the gathering, CM Sangma lamented that the people were slowly losing their identities due to negligence or want of knowledge of one’s roots. “Micro communities are losing their identities as they are getting assimilated into other communities” he said.
The Chief Minister, emphasizing on the need to preserve one’s cultural heritage, stated that certain practices like enacting folklore through dramas were vanishing and had to be revived. He implored upon the older generation to motivate and teach the youth the forgotten or vanishing arts related to their culture like playing traditional musical instruments, dance, drama, etc. The display of culture through various forms of traditional art is one aspect of preserving age old customs and teaches the younger generation to appreciate and preserve their identity, Sangma added. He also said that the Museum can be used to display culture and also as a place to hold workshops, trainings, etc on skills linked to the people’s traditions and heritage.
Speaking on the problems regarding accommodation faced by students studying outside their hometowns, the CM said that hostels played an important role in mitigating the dilemma.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Deputy Commissioner Cyril Darlong Diengdoh said that identity was one of the most important facets of being human. “Unless the younger generation knows their people’s rich cultural heritage, they cannot move forwar” he said.