Preserve Arunachal culture: Rijiju
Union minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju on Friday said the original essence of culture and festivals of Arunachal Pradesh should be preserved.
Rijiju said this while attending the Tamla-Du Festival at Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh.
“We should not forget our culture, language and civilization. We are here because of our age-old culture and tradition. Today, we are celebrating the golden jubilee of the Tamla-Du Festival at Tezu. It’s a primitive festival of the Mishmi community. Tamla-Du is predominantly an agriculture and environment-friendly festival,” the Union minister said.
“Earlier, there was a connectivity problem in Arunachal Pradesh but under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi connectivity has developed in the state. The government has taken lots of steps to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju said.
Tamla-Du festival is an integral part of Kman and Tawra Mishmis of Lohit and Anjaw districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Arunachal has a rich culture and through these festivals we are showcasing the culture of the state. Earlier, people did not know about these festivals but now people in India are aware about the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju added.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Pema Khandu said, “It’s a historic moment for us because today we are celebrating the 50th year of the Tamla-Du Festival. Our government is committed to work for the development and preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh. I am very happy to see the people wanting traditional Mishmi attire,” Khandu said.
The chief minister said the government was working to develop connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh. Khandu, Rijiju and other MLAs of the state were seen matching steps with Mishmi cultural troupes at the festival.
Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and other dignitaries were also present.