TAWANG, Oct 26: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today declared open 6th Tawang Festival, themed environment and nature, here amidst much fanfare in presence of MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju, India Today news anchor Rahul Kanwal, singer Mohit Chauhan and Bollywood director Imtiaz Ali.
The festival, aims at showcasing rich cultural heritage to boost tourism flow in the district, began with Drekar, a monologue wishing well-being of whole sentient being followed by Tashi Choepa, offering of songs to the gods.
The morning witnessed events like street show where dancers from various villages took part. Dances include Yak pantomime by different villagers, Baa Chham the mask dance, Showa chham the stag Dance, lion dance, Gyep-Gyem the king and queen dance, Buchung chham the dancer with phallus in hand and Ngabro the monkey masked dance. The dances were performed on the street for two hours by more than 200 dancers in a sequence.
Under ‘Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat’, cultural troupes from Meghalaya and Uttar Pradesh presented their cultural dances.
Later, Kiren inaugurated the exhibition and food stall at Men-tsem-tse Festival ground.
In the evening, Khandu gave away citation and certificate to Tawang DC for having won the cleanest district in NE under Swachh Surveskshan Gramin and in his speech said that under his initiative the GoAP has started various cultural, adventure and music festivals, like Tawang festival, Adventure at Mechuka, Ziro Festival of Music, and many more.
To boost tourism in state, he said the GoAP will soon launch tourism policy as Arunachal has witnessed massive inflow of tourists both domestic and international jumping from 2.5 lakh to 9 lakh in last few years.
He said the GoAP aims to promote film tourism in Arunachal and informed that Bollywood director has shown interest in shooting films while singer Chauhan plans to shoot his next music video in Arunachal.
Tourism Minister Jarkar Gamlin, MLA PD Sona, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, and other dignitaries attended the cultural event.
The CM, in the afternoon, visited Bhekhar village, home to 6th Dalai Lama’s maternal uncle. The 6th Dalai Lama – Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso was born in Tawang. He visited Kushang Nang, which means maternal uncles place. The place houses a monastery and a museum that has display of ancient Buddhist artifacts. (PRO)