SHILLONG, Nov 15 � All India Radio (AIR) would hold a workshop here on Monday to take up a �special project� to record the country�s folklores and ceremonial songs, so that these could be preserved, propagated and promoted.
The workshop would he held at the State Convention Centre in which programme heads of all regional stations of Northeastern States including Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep would attend.
AIR officials here said today that �India is a classic case of ethno-linguistic diversity.� However, some of the scintillating lyrics and tunes related to the country�s folk legacy are being lost and are also being endangered.
�AIR, as the nation�s public service broadcaster, has decided to step in and record the folklores and ceremonial songs, in their pristine form,� officials said.
They, however, admitted that it is a �challenging task� to capture the cultural mosaic in all its variegated hues, as the rich folklore of the numerous regions, communities and cultures are abundant. �AIR has therefore embarked on this special project with the objective of preserving, propagating and promoting our folk legacy,� they added.
The objective of the workshop in the State capital here is to gain an insight into the rich heritage with such details as customs, folk tales, folk songs in different languages and dialects prevalent among various castes, sub-castes, tribes and other communities.