Tura, November 7, 2019:
The Annual 100 Hundred Drums Wangala Festival began with the Indigenous Games and Handloom, Handicrafts and other local products produce by local Self Help Groups were exhibited at the Saras Fair which is being simultaneously organised during this three day festival at Asanang from 7th to 9th November, 2019.
The Chief Executive Member (CEM), Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Tura Dipul R Marak inaugurated the Saras Fair in the presence of Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioners C N Sangma, Ramakrishna Chitturi, Block Development Officer, Rongram C & RD Block, S Ch Momin, Chairman, 100 Drums Wangala Committee, L R Ch Momin, Participants of Saras Fair and other dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion, Dipul Marak said that womenfolk of the region are very good in making and preparing pickles, traditional food items including weaving, dress making among others. He also mentioned that the organic turmeric from the State is being exported to other countries and therefore, urged all the people of the region to buy and use local products which are organic and also help and encouraged the local entrepreneurs to sell their products.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh informed that Saras Fair which is being organised by the Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Society (MSRLS) is a programme under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to alleviate poverty and ensure financial inclusion and livelihood support to Self Help Groups of the area. He also said that the Fair provides a platform for the rural artisans to sell their produce and thereby promote the livelihood activities of the Self Help Groups of the region.
It may be mentioned that the Wangala is the most significant post harvest festival of the Garos generally held in the second week of November every year. It is a Thanks giving ceremony to Misi Saljong also known as Pattigipa Ra∙rongipa (The Great Giver) for having blessed the people with rich harvest of the season.
The Hundred Drums Wangala festival which was started in the year 1976 at Asanang, the Headquarters of Rongram Development Block near Tura has grown over the years under the patronage of the Government of Meghalaya and nurtured by Festival organization.
Indigenous Games like Jakpong Pe∙a, Rongma Chilsusa∙a, Rongma Gosusa∙a, Wa∙pong sika, An∙ding Oka were organised on the first day of the festival. Another added attraction to this years’ festival are the special dance performed by Tura Government College, Ruga Dance and Atong-Chugan on the first day of the festival.
Tug of War, Cultural Competitions, Rugala Chachat So∙a, Dani Doka and Rhythm of 100 Drums will be held on the following days.