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Tura, November 10, 2017: In what will come as great news but with a downer, a 16 year old student from Dainadubi has been selected to be a part of the 7th International Cultural Olympiad for Performing Arts to be held at Valladolid, Madrid in Spain. The downer however is the fact that the 16 year old is now struggling to arrange money to participate in the event.
The 16 year old dancer, Pearl Manapchi R Sangma is a resident of Dilma Apal in Dainadubi and has been practicing classical dance (folk, Bharatnatyam) for the past 7 years at the Nritya Kala Acaademy in Dudhnoi in Assam. She also studies in the Amjonga College in Class XI.
Manapchi will be taking part in the event as part of the cultural dance troupe from Nritya Kala Academy as a part of the Indian contingent.
"I joined dance classes at the Academy when I was 9 and our teacher (Ellora Roy Das) saw something in me which led her to ask my parents to continue training. We have been taking part in various competitions across the country and winning most of the places where we participated," said the 16 year old.
The proud mother of the teen felt the event was huge and this was an opportunity of a lifetime for her child.
"This is the first time she will be going alone (along with her troupe and teachers) to be a part of the event. As one of the first from Garo Hills to be representing the country in the Dance Olympiad, we feel pride in her achievements. However our finances will may not be able to help her to get there and we are looking for help," said the mother.
According to the family the entire excursion will take about Rs 2 lakhs. The mother, who is a teacher in a government LP school, has recently taken a loan from the bank to tide over the crisis but it is still not enough. Her father is a small time businessman though business has not been great as of late.
The family had earlier written to the Director of Art and Culture through the deputy commissioner of NGH for assistance though that too has fallen on deaf ears.
"Normally girls from Garo Hills tend to not get into cultural dance. For someone as young as Menapchi to have achieved so much in the little time she has trained makes us all proud. We just hope that she is able to go to the competition and bring us honours," added Chengchang Marak, the president of GSU – Depa – Sarangma.
An appeal is now being made to all to come forward to help to ensure the moment of pride for people of the region does not pass by.
The event will be held from the 21st to the 26th of November in Spain where a huge number of countries from across the globe will be a part of the cultural dance extravaganza.