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The 43rd Hundred Drums Wangala Festival was held for the first time at A’chik Heritage Village at Wangala A’dam, Chibragre in a subdued manner because of the Covid pandemic.
Former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, Dipul R Marak, graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Expressing his gratitude to the Wangala Committee for being able to witness the festival at the permanent site, Marak said that he did not expect this opportunity since his term of office had just ended.
He reminded the gathering that the first Wangala Festival held in the year 1976 took place because of the concerted efforts of the people of the region to preserve the culture and traditions of the Garos as one of the tribes of the North-East region.
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Further, he stated that owing to the pandemic, only three Wangala troops are taking part this year but expressed hope that things would go back to normal in the unforeseeable future.
The working chairman of the Hundred Drums Wangala Committee, Ronald Rikman Sangma, said that the festival is being organised at the proposed site for the first time from the traditional venue of Asanang in a low-key affair because of the Covid pandemic.
“However, it is a matter of great pride for every Garo since the festival can be celebrated uninterrupted to preserve and showcase the rich culture and traditions of the Garos,” he said.
The president of the Nokma Council of Tura, Skylance G Momin, assistant director of Tourism Department, Tura, Bulbuly S Marak, Divisional Forest Officer (Territorial), Williamnagar Satish K. S, the principal of Harding Theological College, I Imsong, Head of Office, DDK, Tura, D.N Pawar, district officials and members of the Wangala Committee were among those in attendance.
(Edited by Andre Kongri)