Arunachal team to repair Galo house in IGRMS

By A O News Service

NAHARLAGUN, July 30: A team of 15 Arunachalees artisans including six women left here Tuesday evening for Bhopal-based Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghalaya (IGRMS) or National Museum of Humankind or Museum of Man to renovate the Galo house there for third time.

The team led by state’s IGRMS ambassador Nyayir Riba since 2012, told this daily just before boarding the train at railway station here that she has already dispatched materials – bamboo, Toko leaves and cane – by a truck from Magi village in March last. It will be easy to reconstruct the Galo house there as the monsoon rain has subsided, she said.

The IGRMS is an anthropology museum located at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh to showcase rich cultural heritage of various indigenous tribes and the Galo house stands tall there reflecting social significance of a traditional house of the tribe, she said.

It may be recalled that the first Galo house was originally built by state representative Geter Ingo, but the house damaged with passage of time and renovated twice by Riba since 2012 by taking materials from Likabali and eight persons from her native Old Deka village in East Siang district.

The IGRMS, spread over an area of about 200 acres on Shamla Hills in Madhya Pradesh, an autonomous body of the Union Ministry of Culture, presents an integrated story of evolution of man and culture with special reference to India. IGRMS, only such institute in India having a regional centre at Mysore in Karnataka, is a museum depicting the story of mankind in time and space.

But, this dynamic lady has been shuttling between Itanagar and Bhopal often on call of duties to popularize unique culture and heritage of our ethnic and cultural rich tribes across India with painstaking efforts. The IGRMS has lauded in writing her willing participation with team for attending:  national workshop on tribal healer & exhibition of tribal medicine in September2012; Purvottari in November 2012 as group leader;  Anantha Yatra coinciding with International Indigenous People’s Day in Mysore in 2014, including special exhibition on NE art & craft traditions, workshop-cum-demonstration on tribal/folk painting in India and performing art presentations at MMCAA auditorium; 39th IGRMS Foundation Day in March 2015 at Bhopal; in Bhatinda, Punjab in March 2015;  Aadirang Mahostab in 2017 conducted by National School of Drama;  Damn & Diu event in December 2017; Lok Rang, three-day Festival of Folk and Traditional Art Forms of NE in Dibrugarh University in September 2018 to showcased rich cultural heritage; North East Adventure Tourism Festival in September 2018 organized by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurs at Bogamati; two-day IGRMS national workshop on ‘Cultural Heritage of Arunachal Pradesh’, conducted by director Prof SK Chaudhury at RGU in December, 2018 and five-day national workshop on “Tribal healers” at Bhopal in February 2019 leading a five-member team. Her list is endless as she has been attending events across the country.

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