IGRMS to celebrate 41st Foundation Day

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Mar 2017 12:09:05


Staff Reporter,

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), under the celebrations of its 41st Foundation Day, is organising various programmes and activities at its premises from March 21-23. This year, Meghalaya is the theme state.


The chief guest of inaugural ceremony will be Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary, Culture. On this occasion, a special exhibition entitled ‘Meghalaya: Glimpses of Cultural Heritage’ will be inaugurated at Veethi Sankul. Sangrahalaya will present its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr A K Danda (Former Director, Anthropological Survey of India).
On the eve of Foundation Day, country’s largest lamp with 1,001 wicks ‘Aal-Vilakku’ will be lit. Later, traditional artists from Meghalaya will give performing arts presentation at Veethi Sankul open air auditorium from 7 pm. The other major attractions of the three-day long festival are:Exhibitions on 22 March, it will be of photographs by Verrer Elwin, which will be inaugurated in Rock Art Building at 1.00 PM. On March 23, an exhibition on ‘Naga Memoirs: Narrating the Cult of Fertility’ will be inaugurated in Veethi Sankul Indoor Museum Building at 11.30 AM. Annual Lecture - Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Director General, CSMVS, Mumbai) will speak on ‘Museums, Communities and Collections’ at 4 pm at Veethi Sankul and Dr A K Danda (Former Director, Anthropological Survey of India) will chair the lecture.


A national seminar on ‘Cultural Heritage of Meghalaya’ will also be held, where subject experts will participate. The seminar will take place on March 21 and 22 daily 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Rockart Conference Hall.


Cultural Performance - Daily traditional artists from Meghalaya will give performing arts presentation at Veethi Sankul open air auditorium and it is worth mentioning that on March 23, world famous band from Shillong –‘Summersalt’ will give special performance.


Craft Fair - Daily, traditional artists from Meghalaya will give live demonstration cum sale of traditional art and crafts of Meghalaya daily from 11.30 am at Veethi Sankul premises.
Food Festival – Daily ethnic cuisine of Meghalaya will be available to visitors at reasonable price daily from 12.30 pm at Veethi Sankul premises. Meghalaya has unique cuisine, which is different from other seven States of North Eastern India. The people of Meghalaya have their own indigenous way of cooking according to the availability of food staff.