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Khasi Traditional dreess attracting Tourist

7 Feb 2011 - 1:14pm | Peter Alex Todd

At a time when Globalization and westernization is threatening the very socio-culture of every tradition specially the small ethnic tribes, it has become utmost important to introduce culture in whatever way it can be and whenever, wherever it is possible.

Shillong has always been a favorite tourist destination for tourists, no doubt that every tourist falls in love with the scenic beauty of the “Scotland of the east”, but perhaps not many desired tourist had got the chance to step into the shoes of the Khasi Tradition or to show a short of respect to the Place and the people during their short visit. But now even for a short time visitor one can take back beautiful memories of being in Shillong and that also in a Tradition Khasi Attire. As one lands in the Shillong Peak, one can see tourist posing for photograph in full traditional Khasi attire.

It was just two years back that a local lady businessman had opened a stall for Visitors to try with the readymade Traditional Khasi Dress, and thus wooing the tourist to wear the dress just at the cost Rs. 50. The dress is so attractive and majestic in look that tourist cant effort to miss the chance to wear it and pose for photographs, especially people coming from abroad. Parents seem to be more interested in insisting their kids to put the dress so that they develop an interest for different tradition and culture of India when they grow up. “I want my child to know about the Khasi tradition, and she is also enjoying the dress, says Baivav Agarwal, who had come from Madhya Pradesh along with his family.

We really look like kings with this dress say Akhil, a young guy all the way from KERELA. The dress Rocks dude, he adds.

In the readymade dress stall a few humble Khasi ladies helps the tourist in putting on the dresses that takes just few minutes of time, and also make sure to listen the old melodies of Mrs.Judina , a khasi lady in her mid fifties who, s voice is just mesmerizing. “I sing because I am happy and I want to make the tourist feel happy and more homely” says Judina and blasts into a laugh. Any one hearing Judina sing will not hesitate to tag her as the LATA MANGESKAR, of Shillong peak.

The provision of ready made traditional dress stalls for tourist are still not being introduced in many hot tourist places in Assam and other North Eastern States. In Assam there are many tribes that have beautiful dress but however not many tourist gets a chance to try these dress even if they had wanted.

Zeliang’s kudos to Kukis

1 Nov 2017 - 9:43pm | AT News Dimapur

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has wished thr Kuki community on the occasion of Kut, a traditional festival of the community. In a message, Zeliang said,”I extend warm greetings to Kuki community of Nagaland on the occasion of ‘Kut', the autumn post-harvest festival.”       

The festival is a reflection of thanksgiving to the Almighty God for His blessings and bountiful harvest and it must be an occasion for the people to come together to ensure peace, harmony and love in this peaceful state.

The Kuki tribe has rich cultural heritage and they must promote and preserve their unique cultures, traditions, songs and dances from the influence of modernity. The community can also play an important role in strengthening bonds between different tribes and contribute towards economic development of the state. “I wish, the festival brings great joy and prosperity to all the households of the community,” he said.

Curfew in Golaghat; 3 killed in firing

20 Aug 2014 - 4:38pm | AT News

 Yet another place in Golaghat turned into a battle field on Wednesday a after the Rangajan tragedy.

Three people were killed and at least 30 others sustained injury when security forces sprang upon a huge crowd of protesters in Golaghat district on Wednesday.

The incident took place at Erengapar area when a section of people who took to the streets in protest against the Rangajan police excess, clashed with the security forces who tried to quell them.

The situation suddenly took a worse turn when a section of the protestors allegedly attacked the security forces. Then police and CRPF jawans resorted to open firing at the protestors leaving at least 10 seriously injured.

Four protesters succumbed to injuries at the Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital while at least 20 others have been battling for life.

The district administration has clamped indefinite curfew in the entire disturbed area to prevent the people from staging paralyzing protest.