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Miji dance to be showcased in London


The folkdance of the Miji community of Arunachal Pradesh along with the folkdance of the Rongmei tribe of Manipur will be showcased at the Nehru Centre London- the Cultural Wing of High Commission of India on July 18 next.

Titled Indradhanush , the exposure programme has been initiated by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence and aims to generate greater understanding and awareness of India s tribal arts and project its cultural image to wider audiences.

The Miji, also known by the names of Sajolang and Damai, inhabit the districts of West Kameng and East Kameng districts and a miniscule region of Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Miji and Rongmei are not known to UK audiences and we are glad and proud to bring these two forms to the audiences here , said Ragasudha Vinjamuri, the organiser of the programme.

She said that a lot of hard work has been put into the initiative, in coordinating with the members of the tribal community, learning their authentic dance steps and procuring the original tribal outfits- all which consumed months of preparation and help from well-wishers.

We have been presenting the wonderful art forms of North East and glad to have successfully presented some flavour so far out of the broad palette of tribal dances present. We are humbled to receive best wishes from honourable culture ministers from both states, Taba Tedir and Jayantakumar Singh , she added.

Appreciating Sanskruit Centre for promoting rare and ethnic culture of the region to the international audience, Minister for Education, Cultural Affairs & Department of Indigenous Affairs, Er Taba Tedir said, I congratulate the Centre for intending to showcase the dance of Miji tribe of Arunachal Pradesh in UK which is a matter of pride for the people of entire Arunachal Pradesh as it will make the world come closer to the land of unexplored paradise .

This exposure will also encourage out tribal people to preserve, conserve and promote tribal life, the statement from the minister added.


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