The 6th edition of Northeast Green Summit began yesterday with the inaugural session at NIT, Silchar. In the evening, a cultural programme was held at Don Bosco School, Silchar, Sankarbasti campus as part of the 6th Northeast Green Summit. The cultural evening started off with the lighting of the lamps by the dignitaries present for the evening.
Chief Guest Sivaji Bandopadhyay, was felicitated by Rev. Father Surjit Tigga, Principal of Don Bosco School, Silchar. The other dignitaries present were C.P. Marak, Retd. IFS, formerChairman, Meghalaya Pollution Control Board and Advisory Board Member, NE Green Summit, Rev. Father Paul Olphindro, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Shillong, Brother Regy, Director Bosco Tech, Rev. Father Surjit Tigga, Principal DBS, Rev. Farther Thomas Mathew, Vice Principal DBS and Rev. Father John Zosiama who is the Vice Provincial, Shillong Province.
Father John Zosiama in his welcome speech said, “Events like NE Green Summit will definitely bring some positive changes in regards to our environment”.
It was followed by an opening dance and an act on nature by the students of Don Bosco School, Silchar. Nritya Upasana Kendra performed on the song ‘Nana RongerAmader Barak’. One of the most exciting parts of the evening was the dance by BSF Jawans. They performed a thrilling bhangra dance with perfectly coordinated steps and colourful costumes. Assam Manipuri Kala Academy performed a Manipuri dance, started with Pung Chollon (beating of drums) followed by a group dance.
A beautiful western dance was also presented based on the themes of nature. Bharti Group -an all-girls band from Karimganj kept the audience enthralled with their performance.
The main attraction of the evening was the performance by Vayali Folklore Group who came all the way from Kerala. They gave a mesmerizing performance with musical instruments made out of bamboo.
The second day of the 6th edition of Northeast Green Summit started at NIT, Silchar with the technical session. Prof. Sivaji Bandopadhayay started the seminar emphasizing on the importance of taking care of the environment post pandemic. He also emphasized on the development of eco and herbal tourism in Barak Valley.
The panelists for today’s seminar were Dr. R Murugeswaran, Deputy Director, National Medicinal Plants Board, Government of India. The second panelist was Dr. Anjuna Dhir, Executive Director, Responsible Tourism Society of India. Shri Nilanjan Roy, Former CEO Times Business Solution Limited and Shri Partha Pratim Das, Advisor Bodoland Tourism. Technical session started with the paper presentation by the dignitaries.
The main attraction of the day was the Saura Painting session. The names of the painters who took part in it are Gaursankar Nath, Ruma, Rakesh Singha, Kaushal Debnath, Punki Das, Shamal Nath, Nanfdini Deb, Payal Goswami, Somer Dey, Shivani Nath, Rina Das and Jyoti Das. One of the participants Gaursankar Nath quoted, “I am really excited to be the part of this session”. Mr. Rajkumar from Camlin who is organising the session said, “Saura Painting is a traditional art form and it is slowly dying because people nowadays have stop practicing this art”. He also quoted, “Saura Painting is done on mud plate and this art form should be preserved”.