MORINTI, Dec 29: The 26th Chinthong Zonal Karbi Youth Festival (Chinthong Havar Amei Karbi Riso Nimso Rong Aje) concluded at Langtuk Apam, here under Chinthong Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency in West Karbi Anglong. The festival was underway from December 27.
The zonal festival organised by Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) is normally held in the month of October, but due to rainy season the Zonal Festival in Chinthong was postponed to December. The festival is organised by Chinthong Havar Amei (Zone), KCS.
During the three-day cultural event, various events like folk and modern dance, singing competition and others programmes were conducted.
KCS president, Chandrasing Kro attending as chief guest said, “The future of the Karbis is bleak as the younger generation is forgetting the mother tongue and don’t know what culture is. It is high time we must come together in preserving our culture.”
He also appreciated the support given by KAAC.
Baithalangso MLA, Dr. Mansing Rongpi addressing the gathering said, “We see many children from villages moving out to the plains for the sake of better education. I ask our children not to move out, instead study in village schools. If students move out, there will be cultural mixing leading to forgetting of mother tongue, culture and dresses.”
Executive Member, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and 26th Chinthong Zonal KYF, Reception Committee, president Pradip Rongpi; Chinthong Havar Amei president Longsing Kro; secretary Samson Rongphar; BJP, West Karbi Anglong District Committee president Arun Terang; Chinthong Rongbong, Bor Pator, Hemari Senar and local leaders were also present in the programme.
Chinthong Havar Amei president Longsing Kro informed that the 27th Zonal KYF of Chinthong Havar Amei in 2019 will be held at Rengsibon Aklam, Umlapher (Laru).