Workshop on Chengpi kethip concludes

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DIPHU, Oct 3: The workshop on Karbi traditional drum beating (Chengpi kethip) and making of Chengpi organised by Diphu Cultural Centre and state cultural affairs department in collaboration with Sanskritik Abhijan Samaj under Mukhya Mantris Samagra Unayan Yojana (MMSUY) culminated at Borjan playground on Thursday.

The 15-day-long workshop started on September 15. Altogether 30 participants took part in the workshop.

Unlike previous training programmes this time the trainees not only got to learn about different forms (angkung) of beating of the drums, but also how the drums are made. Different forms (angkung) of drum beating starting from Kaparmang, Riso Nimso aching, Arong aching, Rong Ketong, Chomkan kangthur and Vo tahu were taught by Dihuidi (trainers) Pratap Engleng and Khorsing Teron.

In the closing function cum distribution of certificates to trainees, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) executive member (EM) for handloom & textiles, Ratan Teron said it is one of the important schemes taken up by cultural affairs department in organising training programmes on traditional dance, songs and beating of drums.

“Youth is the best time to learn many things and learning the traditional form of drum beating is important for them. By knowing the traditional dance forms, songs and playing of traditional music one can preserve one’s culture”, Teron said. The EM asked the youth to make the use of their youthful time to learn things which will be helpful for them in the future. Teron stressed on the importance of education among the Karbi youth to become self-reliant in life.

EM for art & culture, Rupsing Teron said the Diphu Cultural Centre and cultural affairs have given to the youth a platform to learn the traditional dance, songs and music.

By conducting various such training for the youth, the cultural affairs department is promoting the art and culture of the indigenous tribes of the district, Teron said.

About the importance of Chengpi, Teorn said, “People should not only know to beat drums. They should also know the measurement of the drum, how it is made and how the leather and leather strips are tightened.

“The Chengpi is with the making of Karbi totem pole (Jambili Athon). It cannot be made from any tree, but from a selective species of tree called Bengvoi- scientific name Scarlet Wrightia or Wrightia Coccinea Sims. The sculptor should also know the length and measurement of the pole, the kind of birds to be mounted on it and the ornaments used for decorating the pole”, he said.

In earlier days there is a taboo for women on wearing slippers, use of umbrella and beating drums, but now such restrictions are no more, the EM also said.

The EM further mentioned about the Summer Camp organised for children in last June by Diphu Cultural Centre and Karbi Traditional Music, Culture & Research Institute (KTMC&RI) on Karbi traditional dance and songs laid stressed on training children.

Deputy director of cultural affairs, Hemari Tokbi and deputy director of Diphu Cultural Centre, Rani Terangpi and principal of KTMC&RI, Dilip Kathar attended the closing function. Certificates and honorarium were also distributed among the trainees.

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