The Iconic Cultural Archgate Unveiled

The new iconic Archgate to the State Central Library was officially unveiled to mark the onset of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Meghalaya Statehood next year. Apart from accomplishing 49 years of statehood, Meghalaya on Thursday also received a monumental gift in the face of the iconic arch gate at the entrance to the State Central Library.
Arts and Culture Minister, AL Hek, inaugurated the arch gate, which has been built with a design that reflects the cultural heritage and symbolizes the tradition and rich culture of the state.
A L Hek informed that the structure will soon have an artistic mural on the wall adjacent to the gate. During the inauguration, a flex was put up to depict the intangible heritage of Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, Commissioner and Secretary of the Arts and Culture department, FR Kharkongor, said that the State Central Library is a centre of all artistic activities and in the run-up to the 50 years of statehood, the iconic gate has been conceived with an idea of reflecting the cultural legacy of the state.
Stating that people will also witness other components in the project, he added that an artistic mural will soon come up which will showcase various elements of the Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo tribes of the state.
“As this project nears completion, we hope that it will steadily emerge as one of the iconic areas in Shillong,” he added. He said that there are plans to revamp the interior parts of the central library in the future.

A Monument in Memory of Khasi Freedom Fighters

Megalithic Erection Ceremony in Progress

The Nongthliew village at the Dieng?ei plateau is the territory within the jurisdiction of the Nongkhlaw province and is one of the largest village in the area with thousands of households and tens of thousands inhabitants. One of the significant segments of the village known as Laitarted has spectacular landscape and topographical contours. The local durbar has granted permission to the Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC), Nongthliew Circle for erection of megaliths in memory of the heroes of Anglo Khasi resistance movement. The area is situated at an elevated location, which is prominent from all the surrounding villages. From the 16th to the 18th of December,2020, the members of HYC held a memorial megaliths erection ceremony, where the proposed statue of Tirot Sing Syiem will be sculpted at the centre of the complex. The six meter height statue will be one of its kind in the State that will stand majestically at twenty feet from the ground elevation. The megaliths were brought from Kyrphei village in Tyrsad and the erection ceremony culminated with the auspicious remembrance of the eightieth death anniversary of the Khasi bard Soso Tham. The megalith erection ceremony was initiated by the elder, Hoping Khyllait with prayers and incantation and graced by Mr Robert June Kharjahrin, President of
HYC central body. The chief guest in his address stated, ‘The megalithic complex will be the memorial monument in honour of all the known and unknown warriors of freedom struggle against the British imperial supremacy’. He said that each monolith will represents every warriors including Syiem Bormanik of Hima Shyllong or the erstwhile Shyllong province, Syiem Sngap Sing of Hima Maharam, Monbhut, Lorshon Jaraiñ, the courageous lady Phan Nonglait and all the other personalities of freedom struggle.
The function was presided by Daniel Star Pathaw, Assistant Secretary, HYC Nongthliew and the other dignitaries on the occasion are Mr Rhembor Saiborn, Vice-President HYC Central, headmen leader Mr Peter Anton Umwi and Mr Joplang Kharnaior, President, HYC, Nongthliew Circle. As part of the programme, the HYC President, Robert June Kharjahrin conducted an oath ceremony for the Women Wing of HYC, Nongthliew. The statue of Tirot Sing Syiem is being assigned to the artists of Riti Academy by the HYC and is slated to unveiled during his death anniversary on the 17th July, 2021, with the motive to also commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the statehood of Meghalaya.
n Art Exhibition of North East artists was held at Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the support of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, and the Greater Sylhet Indigenous People’s Forum.
The Thoh Shun and Thwet Art camps have generated a platform for exposition of the art that originated from the region.

RITI Academy Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Middle F R Kharkongor Commissioner and secretary of Arts and Culture department inspect the sketch of the picture presented to him on the 30th anniversary of Riti Academy of Visual Arts held in the office at Jaiaw Langsning Shillong on 14-03-21.Pix by UB Photos

Commissioner and Secretary of Arts and Culture department, Federick Roy Kharkongor, on Sunday, lauded the contribution made by the founder of RITI Academy of Visual Arts (RAVA), Shillong, Raphael Warjri, towards the field of art and culture.
The RITI Academy of Visual Arts (RAVA), Shillong celebrated its 30th anniversary at Mad Gallery, Jaiaw Langsning, on Sunday.
Since its inception in 1991, Riti Academy of Visual Arts has traversed a long way in providing congenial space for the art fraternity to meaningfully work and realise its potential and vision.
Some of the significant highlights of the institute are: Thoh Shun International Art Camp, which was organised in 2005 with locals including few European and Asian artists. In 2007, the Thoh Shun Art Exhibition of North East artists was held at Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the support of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, and the Greater Sylhet Indigenous People’s Forum.
The Thoh Shun and Thwet Art camps have generated a platform for exposition of the art that originated from the region.

Meghalaya State Awards Conferred

The Chief Minister, Mr Conrad K Sangma with the recipients of Meghalaya state award
Shri Satyapal Malik, Governor of Meghalaya conferred The Tirot Sing Syiem award for Arts and Literature to artist, playwright and writer, Raphael Warjri