GUWAHATI, March 20 - To promote unity among the different ethnic tribes and exhibit the cultural specialities of different indigenous tribes and communities of Assam, the Janagosthiya Samanwayrakshi Samity is holding the Fourth Ethnic Cultural Meet, Assam at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here from March 26. To conduct the event smoothly, a temporary office of the committee was opened today at Panjabari, close to the venue of the event.
�Culture is a powerful means to connect with the people. Not just it is the true reflection of life and lifestyle of the indigenous tribes and communities of the State, it is also a potent tool to assert and promote the unique identities of these tribes and groups,� Arunjyoti Moran, convener of the Janagosthiya Samanwayrakshi Samity said.
The purpose of holding this ethnic cultural meet is to exhibit the diverse cultures of the hills and plains of the State from a common platform and recognise the contribution of each of the ethnic tribes and communities in creating the greater Assamese society.
The three-day event will culminate on March 28. The fourth ethnic meeting is being held after a gap of ten years. The first meet was held in 1997 in Tinsukia, the second was held at Demow in Sivasagar in 1999. The third edition of the meet was held in Dibrugarh in 2009.
�So far, more than 50 communities are in touch with us to take part in the event. We are expecting participation of 100 big and small communities of Assam in the ethnic cultural event,� he added.
With special focus on reflecting the cultural specialities of the small tribes that mostly keep to themselves, the committee is approaching a number of such communities from different corners of State.
�We have contacted the Shyam people of Sivasagar, Tai Khamtis of Tinsukia and Hmar and Kuki people of Karbi Anglong and urged them to take part in the event,� added Moran.