Covid-19 Stormed Meghalayan Age Festival
In the geologic time scale, the Meghalayan is the latest age or uppermost stage of the Quarternary. It is also the upper, or latest, of three subdivisions of the Holocene epoch or series. Its Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) is a Krem Mawmluh Cave formation in Meghalaya, Northeast India.
The most recent age in Earth’s 4.54 billion year history began 4,200 years ago and has officially been designated the Meghalayan Age, after the Indian state of Meghalaya.
Earth’s recorded history is divided into eon, era, period, epoch and age, with the age being the smallest unit of geologic time.
Meghalaya is now part of geologic history thanks to a stalagmite found in the Mawmluh cave in the state. Located at an elevation of 1290 meters, Mawmluh cave is one of the longest and deepest cave in India, and conditions here were suitable for preserving chemical signs of the transition in ages that an analysis of the stalagmite has now highlighted.
The demarcation is significant for multiple reasons. It is the first formal geological subdivision of the Holocene epoch that began 11,600 years ago and extends to the present, into three ages Greenlandian, Northgrippian and Meghalayan.
Cherishing the millenial legacy, the Meghalaya Tourism Department invested crore of rupees for the extravaganza ‘Meghalayan Age Festival’ from 7 to 15 March, 2020, which was disrupted with the sudden outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19), the disease that has devastated the entire globe. The festival witnessed a spectacular travellers’ logistics, and lavish fiesta for a large contingent of foreign glitterati, while an exposition of folk and contemporary art expression was put up adjacent to the well protected luxurious fortress, even as Covid-19 has been more familiar with the European guests. The Exposition displayed contemporary and cultural artworks, handloom weaving garments, folk ornament curios and other folk cuisines and beverages by Daisy G Momin, Iba Malai of Kiniho and Raphael Warjri of Riti Academy. The geological memory is nothing short of a relevant mortal human reminiscent of the potential hotspot for natural resources and aesthetics, which ironically were destroyed by a wide stretch of economic exploitation through electrical power generation and cement factories. The nostalgia of the cascading Iale waterfalls and the Leshka hot spring was already submerged into oblivion, while the visual replica was executed by a young artist, Denis Marbañiang at an Art Camp conducted as part of the celebration of the Meghalayan Age.