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Training on Zardozi craft begins

Skill Training on Zardozi craft including training and facilitation to skill rural entrepreneurs for manufacturing Meghalaya-specific souvenirs and gifts under Entrepreneurship Promotion Programme for women and youth at Ampati, South West Garo Hills on Saturday evening. The programme, organized by District Commerce and Industries Centre, Ampati also witnessed fashion elaboration on Zardozi concept which was supported by JD Institute of Fashion.

Addressing the impressive gathering on the occasion, the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the skill training was one of the programmes being initiated by the Government to generate livelihood opportunities for the people, particularly the youth and womenfolk in the rural areas with the intention to create a pool of skill workforce. “This programme is basically to empower our people to ensure that they have sustainable livelihood through their skill and create a pool of highly skilled workforce so that itself can be reason for various other entrepreneurship to come up”, he said.

He also informed about the training programmes in apparel making being conducted in Mahendraganj and Ampati in and the 45000 sq ft apparel and garment centre that is coming up at Hatisil near Ampati and sanctioning of additional Industrial Promotion Centres in the the State where thousands of skilled workforce would be required. “When there is enough skilled work force, a lot of investors will come to the region and open apparel industries which will create the right kind of eco-system to promote all other associated ancillary industries, he added.

Speaking on the other component of the training programme, that is manufacture of Meghalaya-specific souvenirs, gifts and decorative items for Christmas, the Chief Minister said that there is huge demand for such items which are being imported from other countries like China. However once we have skilled and trained workforce, these items can be made locally not only for sale in the State but can be exported to other places with “Made in Ampati” “Made in Tura” or “Made in Shillong” tag, he said adding “it’s a small beginning, but it’s an ambitious programme that can be a game changer”.

Joint Director, Commerce & Industries, Tura, N. Suting and General Manager, DCIC, Ampati were among others who also spoke on the occasion.

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15 books unveiled in International Book fair

17 Mar 2017 - 11:36pm | AT News

As many as 15 books were released on the second day of the ongoing International Book fair cum literary festival, cultural exchange, food festival being held held at Bagduar Nwgwr, Bijni in Chirang district on Friday.

The international event has been coincided with the celebration of 33rd foundation day of the Bodo Writers' Academy, an organization of Bodo writers in the state of Assam. Several book stalls from different parts of the the country,apart from state,including National Book Trust(NBT),Tripura,West Bengal are participated in the event.

Bijay Baglary,president of the academy hoisted flag in the morning followed floral homage to martyrs on the occasion  by Rajen Basumatary,vice president of the academy.Dr Subungcha Mwshahary,vice president of the academy paid floral tribute toTengfakhri,a legendary heroin of Bodo in the morning.

Several books written and published by different publications were unveiled which included Rebgon,a souvenir of the reception committee on the occasion. Manindra Chandra,SDO(civil),Dhansri unveiled the Rebgon souvenir of the reception committee that brought out on the occasion.Former MLA Rakeswar Brahma also released  two-books written by Dr Rupali Swargiyary, noted writer.

A lecture on the topic of vision & mission of the Bodo Writers’ Academy was held with Bijay Baglary. Rakhao Basumatary,noted writer,Rajendra Nath Boro,president Boro Somaj,Ughen Raften,secretary of India Bhutan Friendship Association(BIFA) graced as speakers on the occasion.

Dr Rupali Swargiary, noted writer of Baksa district was conferred Asha Mushahary Literary Award for her Khwmsi Okrangao Gwrlwi Okhapwr book (short story).The award comprises of cash 10,000,citation and momento.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will grace as chief guest while Hagrama Mohilary, BTC chief will be attending as inaugurator on the open session on the concluding day of the event on March 23.

Seminar on sports journalism held at Bhergaon

16 Sep 2017 - 12:04pm | AT Staff Reporter

A day long seminar on sports journalism was held at the Conference Hall of the office of the SDO (Civil),Bheraon sub-division on September 15 with day long activities.The seminar titled-"Sports Journalism as a Medium for Skill Development for the Human Resources of Assam" was organized by Assam Sports Journalist Association in collaboration with State Level Advisory Committee (Students and Youth Welfare),Govt of Assam and in association with Bhergaon civil administration and Bhergaon Press Club.The seminar was meant for students interested in sports journalism and for the creation of a sporting atmosphere in the society for the promotion of games and sports and health care in villages.On the spot sports news writing competition marked the beginning of the seminar which was inaugurated by DN Hazarika,SDO (Civil),Bhergaon sub-division at 9.30 am followed by the seminar on sports journalism. Swapnanil Barua, Commissioner, Sports & Youth Welfare and Industries of Assam (Rtd) inaugurated the seminar at 10.30 am. Thanking the organizers for the arrangement of the seminar in rural Bhergaon area he said that sports journalism could play a vital role in motivating students to choose sports journalism as a career in life and to find out hidden sports talents in the villages.The seminar was also addressed by Subodh Malla Barua,president,All India Sports Journalist Federation;Prathana Hazarika of DD Sports;Pabitra Gogoi of The Assam Tribune and noted photographer Samsul Huda Patgiri.

Indian immigrant’s debut offering bridges East-West musical divide

14 Feb 2011 - 12:42pm | Aiyushman Dutta

For a change, the voice of the Indian diaspora is now being heard, albeit without the expected, ubiquitous sitar and tabla. Mumbai-born and US-based musician Ameet Kamath recently released his debut album, Greasy Rails, in New York, breaking new grounds in bridging the popular divide of the music of the East and the West.

Talking about his debut offering, Ameet says, “Greasy Rails is about coming to terms with what matters in life. It’s about refusing to take anything less than what you’ve been seeking.” He adds, “In it, I’m telling stories so that the listeners can understand life as I do – constantly negotiating spaces as an immigrant in the 21st century.” The language he chooses to narrate his stories in, however, is pure global rock.

Having been born and grown up in Mumbai, Ameet’s tryst with music began as a member of a school choir. But then came the wave of western pop – in the form of Beatles, ABBA and Queen – which left an impact more far-reaching than anyone ever imagined.

It was this infatuation that brought him to the West. And once there, living in New York and San Francisco, what he grew into and found was a way to give voice to his experience of the modern, young, Indian diaspora—not the stereotype of the immigrant Indian cab driver or doctor—in the musical language he’d come to love. “I wanted to be an Indian vocalist who told his stories through Western pop. How hard is that to imagine? Pretty hard, I guess, from the reactions I used to get when listeners didn’t hear any tabla or sitar. But the musical language is the same, what we have as garba-dandiya music for example is actually just music in 12 8 time signature for example. I've incorporated more rhythms than actual Indian instrumentation, so it's a bit more subtle than overt.”

Ameet went to the US as a “techie” in 1995. But it was only after he moved to New York after a couple of years that he began to immerse himself in jazz and began performing the American songbook whenever and wherever he could — at weddings, street corners, parks, cafes, and bars. His persistence paid off with a jazz-pop residency at the notorious Marion’s Continental on Bowery, where the patrons and fans encouraged him to set his own story to song. Needing to find inspiration for his original material, he set off on a creative quest across the country that landed him in San Francisco. It was there that he conceived Greasy Rails; the ensuing material was written and composed over the next two years.

A musician whose honest storytelling is set to pop-rock music, his first offering is pure global rock that gets up-close and personal. “I didn’t want to be another Indian crossover singer. If my music crosses over anything, it’s from pop to folk-rock.”

Those, for him, are the global, barrier-breaking languages.