‘Lokmanthan’ this year celebrated the extraordinary beauty of Lokparampra and the vibrant culture of India. The last two days of Lokmanthan witnessed great attendance and witnessed representatives from all walks of life. Day 3 of the four-day convention received a huge response from the crowd.
Many multilevel intellectual sessions were held in Lokmanthan today focusing on ‘Concept of Shakti at Lok Parampara, Dharmik Yatrayein & Annadan at Bharat, Agriculture & Food at Lok Parampara, education and storytelling in Lok Parampara, instrument culture in the Lok tradition, etc.
“I didn’t know I was transgender until society called me that.” In one session, Mata Pavitranandgiri, the Mahamandleshwara of Kinnar Akhada and Juna Akhada said while sharing childhood stories. She said she never had to clap anyone or dance on the doorstep begging for money because she was well educated. “He who is educated can do anything in the world provided he has confidence in himself,” she added. She also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued efforts regarding the welfare of the transgender community.
Dr. Sujata Miri added in another session that social science theories and theses have succeeded in changing people’s old thoughts and opinions about life and the world. In the same session of ‘Education and Storytelling in the Lok Tradition’, Dr. Miri further explained the theories of people and goddesses. She also sped up her speech by mentioning the concept of ‘Lightning and Thunder’.
Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Sonal Mansingh in a session talked about ‘Garba’ – a form of Gujrati dance performed for ten days of Puja. She explained the importance of clapping in the days of Garba. ‘Garba’ which comes from the word ‘Garbh’.
The 2022 Lokmanthan exhibition depicts a mosaic of Lok kala, Paramapra, the religious wisdom of Bharat which attracts an endless number of visitors. The Ethnic Village Exhibition showcases the traditional way of life of the tribal communities of Assam. A replica of Rong Ghar, exhibition of agricultural products, cuisines, traditional games and sports like latum Khel, Ghila Khel, Peng Khel, Nao Khel, Moh Juj (Buffalo Fight), display of North East freedom fighters, artistic performance glorious history events of the country can also be found.
A replica of the mighty Kamakhya temple is set up as a museum which is exhibited in the entrance part, a gallery displaying the ‘Shakti Peeth’ Maa Kamakhya – The Mother of the Universe and different forms of Maa Kamakhya viz. Maa Dhumavati, Maa Matangi, Maa Cinnamasta, Maa Tara, etc. Inside the museum, an interesting section is designed to introduce the “mystical civilization” of Mayong, organized by the Mayong Village Museum and Research Center. The museum showcased the history of Mayong and his practice of black magic and natural techniques to cure disease. An exhibition also presents the “Mukha Silpa” by Sangeet Kala Kendra in collaboration with Majuli Samuguri Satra. The delicately crafted masks accentuate the characteristics of the various characters featured in Bhaonas and Raas Utsav in Majuli.
The 3rd day ended with spectacular dance performances by various talented folk artists from North East India. Bihu Nach, Bardwisikhla, Hamjar, Domahi, Kikang, Gumraag & Jhumur from Assam, Cheraw from Mizoram, Thüvü Shele Pheta (Chakhesang Chicken Dance)
from Nagaland, Pung Cholom and Thang Ta from Manipur and Rikhampada from Arunachal Pradesh were the center of attraction among the crowd of the cultural spectacle. Along with them, popular folk singers Kalpana Patwary and Mayuri Dutta captivated the evening with the rich folk music of the region.
On the other hand, the Honorable Governor of Kerala Shri Arif Mohammad Khan will be present as the chief guest for the farewell ceremony scheduled for tomorrow. Many scholars, intellectuals, artists writers and researchers are expected for the last day of Lokmanthan 2022.