TURA, Nov 11 – The annual 100 Drums Wangala Festival of the Garos began yesterday at Asanang, 18 kms from here in West Garo Hills., with the arrival of the ten dancing troupes from various parts of Garo Hills as well as the opening of the three-day District Level Industrial Exhibition adjacent to the Wangala venue.
The dancing troupes participating in this year’s Wangala Festival are Sadolpara, who were the winners of last year’s Wangala dance competition, Chibonggre of Dadenggre sub-division, Chibragre from Rongram Block, Gonda Chibolgre from Tikrikilla Block, Agisimgre from Rongram Block, Rongsang Songma from Ampati sub-division, Dingnapara from Selsella Block, Williamnagar (South Garo Hills), Baghmara (East Garo Hills), Tura (West Garo Hills) and the troupe from neighbouring Bangladesh.
During the three-day traditional festivities, there will be indigenous games and sports, indigenous vocal and instrumental competitions and Rugala ceremony on the second day and religious ceremonies and Wangala dance competition among the 10 Wangala dance contingents before closing with the Hundred Drums Wangala dance on the third day.
In the three-day Industrial Exhibition held on the occasion, as many as 40 stalls have been put up by different departments and industrial units from Garo Hills, including the two National Awardees for outstanding efforts in entrepreneurship and one unit from Bangladesh, which is participating in the exhibition for the first time.
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma is attending the festival as the chief guest on the third day, along with a host of dignitaries from the State and outside.