National seminar on oral history inaugurated

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DIPHU, Feb 27: The two-day-long national seminar on “Problems and Prospects of Oral History and Traditions in Northeast India” organised by the department of history of Assam University Diphu Campus (AUDC) in collaboration with Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi (ICHR) and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal (IGRMS) began at Farmer’s Auditorium here on Wednesday.

In his key note address, associate professor of department of folklore research, Gauhati University, Dr Anil Kumar Boro focused on oral history and its better understanding. “Tribal and ethnic groups have their oral culture based on ballads, folklore, ritual songs,” Dr Boro said.

Dr Boro also stressed on how oral history is important among the ethnic groups of Northeast. In his speech, assistant professor of history, AUDC, Dr. Vulli Dhanaraju highlighted the problems and prospects of writing history and said that the local narratives are very important in writing of history. “People perceptions should be taken into account through the oral interview,” he said.

IGRMS joint director Dilip Singh, pro-vice chancellor of AUDC, Karbi folk singer, Kasang Teronpi, Dharamsing Teron, assistant professor of department of English, Diphu Govt. College, Maggie Katharpi were present at the seminar. Prof. Sivasish Biswas inaugurated the seminar.

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