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Al-Vilakku lit up on 42nd Foundation Day

Thursday - March 22, 2018 1:40 am , Category : BHOPAL

Bhopal: 42nd Foundation day celebrations commenced with inauguration of exhibition 'SIKKIM AND THE SIKKIMESE: The Sentinels of the Godly Mountains and Cultural Heritage of Sikkim'. On this occasionDirector, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Prof Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri presented the annual activities report 2017-18 and traditional artists for their immense contribution in the Sangrahalaya, Mr. Rajendra Singh Negi, Mr. Anant Ram Rana, Mr. Lunaram, Smt. Safiyano Pavale, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Hajong were felicitated with Shawl, Shrifaal, memento and certificates. Head of the Office, Mr. D. S. Rao gave the welcome speech.

Chief Guest, Shri K.T. Gyaltsen, (Legal Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sikkim & former Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly) in his address said "IGRMS is a place of culture education not a recreational place. Sangrahalaya with time has transformed this piece of land into space of culture".  He gave a detailed account of the innovative work being done on various aspects by Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, Honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim. The Sikkim's culture, such as folk beliefs, folk art, folk tales etc.

On the occasion Ms. Sarala Rai (Secretary, Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare, Govt. of Sikkim) were present as the special Guest of 42th Foundation day. In the end, Mr. Rakesh Mohan Nayal (Assistant Keeper & Programme Coordinator) gave the vote of thanks.

Later, chief guest, special guest lighted the 1001 wicks traditional lamp of Kerala Aal Vilakku at Veethi Sankul premises of Manav Sangrahalaya. Everyone present in the audience lit the wicks of the Al-Villakku lamp. After this, instrumental performance of Shinkari Melam performed by women folk artists from Kerala.
 
Shinkari Melam:  or dancing drum is popular art form which has been evolved from traditional Chenda Melam (drum percussion) and dancing . As is a demanding art form as an entertainment, it has lot of functions in the society. Rural as well as urban community, business and the entertainment world is looking for Shinkarimelam troups for performance.  Chenda (drums) and ilathalam (Cymbals) constitute the instruments. Chenda- the traditional double membrane drum of Kerala played on every auspicious occasion by male folks because of the requirement of muscular strength.

    A group of women in Kerala has broken this myth and organise a group of traditional women percussionists 'Shinkari Melam;. Lighting of 1001 wicks huge lamp 'Al-Vilakku' will coincide the Shinkari Melam performer by women artists from Kerala.

The performance of traditional artisans from Sikkim commenced with Lepcha Dance -Tyangre Naap. After that  Bhutia Dance -Denzong ney, Rai Dance - Bhuruwa Silly, Maruni Dance - Pani Poryou Rummu Jumu, Newari Dance - Sema Kacha, Tamang Dance - Oh Hai Dolma, Gurung Dance - Kine Dui Na Saila Dai, Limboo Dance –Chabroung, Nepali Dance -Barshaa ma din na ma Lai lai.

In the evening next programmes a renowned folk fusion Band of Sikkim  – SOFIYUM. Sofiyum is a Lepcha Contemporary Folk Fusion bank based in Gangtok, Sikkim. 'Sofiyum', translates to 'breeze' in the Lepcha language. Formed in the year 2011 with the aim of popularizing Lepcha folk music, culture and language through fusion of contemporary music. Having played numerous gigs in their home state and many on a national / international stage like Ziro fest, SDNE Mumbai, Sangeet Natak Akademi shows etc. Sofiyum aim for a greater and bigger stages to connect their culture to the rest of the world. Band members : 1. Mickma Tshering Lepcha : Vocals / Tungbuk / Puntong Palit; 2. Ongyal Tshering Lepcha : Vocals / Guitars 3. Rathap Lepcha : Drums / Percussion; 4. Chyuzong Lepcha : Bass guitar and vocals.-Window To News
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