National Youth Day by Ramakrishna Mission

National Youth Day was celebrated in Shillong at Ramakrishna Mission on January 12, 2022, which was confined to only a day-long celebration due to COVID restrictions.
The Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Shillong, along with the Ramkrishna Mission organized the—programme following the COVID-19 protocol laid down by the government.

Participants paid floral tributes to Swami Vivekananda and fondly remembered his teachings. The programme started with the National Anthem, followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp.
The Chief Guest, State Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Shri Atul J Nikam called upon the youth to follow the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda and imbibe his ideas to occupy a responsible place in society.
Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Swami Hitakamanandaji Maharaj and Shri Bobby Wahlang, Youth co-ordinator from the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs Govt of Meghalaya also called upon the youth to draw inspiration from Swamiji’s words and take greater responsibilities in nation-building.

Students of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Cultural Centre presented a Khasi song titled “Ka Sneng Ka Khraw” as the closing song. The program concluded with words of gratitude from Swami Divyaswarupanandaji Maharaj Assistant Secretary Ramakrishna Mission Shillong and the National Anthem.
Sports Officer from the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Smt Bansara Dhar, Archery Coach, Khlain Pyrkhat Syiemlieh, Football Coach Debasis Datta NYK Shillong were among the participants.
A cultural group of Laban offered floral tribute at a plaque present at the land where Swami Vivekananda
stayed for a fortnight during his visit to Shillong—on 1901.
his visit to Shillong.

The Crystal Award 2021


The Crystal Award 2021 for excellence in art hosted at Raj Bhavan was conferred by the Governor of Meghalaya Shri Satyapal Malik to Mr Wanhi-i Challam of Chilliang Raij, Jowai at Raj Bhavan today the 12 of August, 2021. The fourth edition of award instituted by Riti Academy was awarded to Wanhi-i Challam for his excellence in animation film. Speaking as chief guest during the occasion, Shri Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Meghalaya emphasised on the need for art education in the state for graduate, post graduate courses and advanced studies in visual arts. he lauded the efforts of Riti Academy and urged upon the State government to provide necessary support in this regard. Other guests who spoke on the occasion included Commissioner & Secretary, Arts And Culture Department, Federick R Kharkongor, and Chief Art Director, Riti Academy of Visual Arts, Mr Raphael Warjri. The Commissioner & Secretary, Arts And Culture Department, Federick R Kharkongor, also lauded the Chief Art Director of Riti Academy, Raphael Warjri for his continued efforts in not only promoting art but also identifying and nurturing upcoming artists in the field. He reminded those present that art is immortal and lives beyond generations and praised the novel cause of Riti Academy that had instituted the Crystal Awards to celebrate the works of various upcoming artists across the State. The chief art director of Riti Academy, Raphael Warjri in his address expressed his gratitude to the Governor of Meghalaya for having hosted the award ceremony at the raj bhavan, Shillong. Raphael Warjri further expressed his desire for an art college to be set up in the state as potential expertise and other prospects are available except for certain resources that would require the support from the State Government and other private initiatives and stakeholders

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