To preserve and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the indigenous communities of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the Nyishi Tribal Cultural Centre on September 20 at the new Pitapool of Lower Subansiri district.
CM Khandu along with his colleagues also participated in an inaugural ceremony that paid homage to the region's ancient rituals.
Despite a huge population embracing Christianity, Arunachal Pradesh is still home to a substantial majority that holds steadfast to the Donyi Polo indigenous faith. In the Nyishi community, "Donyi" signifies the sun, and "Polo" represents the moon, elements deeply revered through age-old customs and traditions.
Addressing the media, CM Pema Khandu spoke about the paramount importance of language preservation as the bedrock of culture. He lauded the role of the newly inaugurated cultural prayer center in safeguarding the timeless traditions and culture of Arunachal Pradesh. CM Khandu also urged the citizens to embrace modernity while cherishing their cultural roots.
Chief Minister Khandu further highlighted that the government has taken proactive measures to preserve local languages by introducing them as the third language in government schools. He assured support to community-based organizations dedicated to language preservation, stating his government's commitment to this cause.
The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of key dignitaries, including Er Taba Tedir, Education Minister; Bamang Felix, Home Minister; Er Tage Taki, Minister of Agriculture and Horticulture, Biyuram Wahge, BJP President and MLA of Seijosa Nyamar Karbak, MLA of Liromoba Phurpa Tsering, MLA of Dirang Ojing Tasing, MLA of Pangin Gokar Basar, MLA of Basar-Hayuliang as well as officials from the Department of Indigenous Affairs and other distinguished guests.
This cultural haven boasts a prayer hall, a museum housing precious Nyishi archives, a community hall, and an administrative office. Remarkably, the construction of this cultural center was made possible by a project cost of 1.8 crores funded by the Department of Indigenous Affairs, with execution handled by the Urban Development & Housing Division in Ziro.
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