TRIHMS 1st batch MBBS students to pass out today

Prof Shukla (L) and Prof Dubahasi (R),flanked by Dr Jini (M) in Mopin spirit

  • Mopin celebrated, Arunachal culture awe inspiring: Prof Dubahasi

By Pradeep Kumar

NAHARLAGUN, May 19: The young and old of both sexes without any distinction of Galo tribe along with few invited guests performed folk dances to tune of melodious rendition by the performers while celebrating Mopin Festival, to mark the harvesting season and the New Year to symbolize social bonhomie, peace and prosperity.

State’s lone medical college and hospital – Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) organized the maiden celebration at Galo Heritage Centre behind Borum railway station here. Merry making continued till late Sunday night while revelers were greeted by cold waves of Dikrong River as blessings of the nature to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Four experts from across the country, including Maharashtra’s Sevagram-based Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Director-cum-Dean Prof AK Shukla and Nagpur’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences HoD (Surgery department) and Dean (SW) Prof Dr Siddharth P. Dubahasi, who came to conduct examination of new batch of MBBS students of TRIMHS, were spellbound by the celebration.

All experts were felicitated at the initiative of director Dr Moji Jini, but were overwhelmed by the vibrant the celebration.  Prof Dubahasi, who was visibly happy, said, “I am lucky to be in the state to be part of this unique festival and go back with lasting memory.I had earlier visited Tawang, Sangestar Tso, particularly Bumla Pass, located at 15,200-feet and saluted the Army jawans and officers guarding the frontiers despite freezing cold”, he said adding “I fall short of words to explain about this state, its hospitable people and their cultural heritage.”

The TRIHMS, which was set up in 2017 and its first academic session (2018–19) had started on 01.08.18, would ink a record as its first batch students would pass out on Monday with Prof  Shukla as chief guest, Dr Jini told this daily.

Number of ek se bad kar ek cultural performances, mostly by young Galo damsels in their colourful hand made traditional attires and ornaments, to the thunderous applause of the gathering were heart touching. Each group was given handsome cash award as token of appreciation. The last but not the least was group dance by all without any distinction which proved this state as a classless society, where community is supreme on all issues, whether happiness or sorrows.

ENT specialist Dr Jego Ori, an excellent orator, while explaining the mythology of the Mopin, said that though a family and village festival, it became a community festival in 1966 with first celebration at Aalo, HQs of then Siang district, at the initiative of student leader Yimar Riba. However, the festival dates back to time immemorial as Abo Tani begun it to appease Mother Nature for bumper harvest.

Blooming of flowers and rendition of some birds herald the arrival of spring season for the Galo to make all preparations for the annual celebration, he said, adding this celebration is the fore binger of good days ahead not only for the Galos but the humanity, he said with conviction.

He drew a parlance between Ramayana and Mopin, saying a deer was behind both. In Panchabati cottage, Sita attracted by wondrous deer desired to have it alive. Laxman at the direction of Ram chased it. As his return was delayed, Rama went in search of him, when demon king Ravana kidnapped Sita.

Similarly, Mopin begun with a deer for which the back side of its feet has white spots, which are nothing but rice paste we all smear during the celebration, he said, Five-day long Mpoin is a time to share prosperity  for which we are celebrating here together, Dr Ori added.

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