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''Philosophical understanding of culture'' at DBCIC Mawlai


By Bivan
Rev. Thomas Menamparambil sdb, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati with Archbishop Dominic Jala and Novice Master Philip.
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Shillong, May. 18. In collaboration with the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) New Delhi, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC), Mawlai organized a seminar ''Philosophical Understanding of Culture and Festivals of North East India'' on May 17 2012, at the Museum's Media hall.
Archbishop Dominic Jala sdb, of Shillong in his inaugural message congratulated the organizing committee for taking the great task of organizing the seminar to create awareness on the culture and festivals of North East India. ''In the present situation of cultural instability and search for cultural identity, a seminar like this will help us understand the concept of our culture' he said. He implored God's blessings for the success of the programme through a prayer.

Rev. Thomas Menamparambil sdb, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati in his keynote address reminded the participants of the cultural identity and heritage. 'Today no one will deny that culture is a decisive force in every area of human life: political, economy, social development, education, religious search and even expansion of technology,' Bishop Thomas said.  He elaborated on the sensitivity of culture and said that lack of sensitivity to culture has led to serious troubles in our times. The bishop also cited different examples from the context of North East India with regard to this aspect of insensitivity. He concluded by saying that the cultural aspect of every tribes especially of North East India is important.

During the seminar many scholars and resource persons enlightened the participants with the paper presentation and interactions. Some of the themes presented were: A Critical Understanding of Cultural Festivals with special reference to Wangala of the Garos, Pati festival of Raliang, A Feminine Understanding of the Festivals of the Angami Naga Tribe, Philosophy and Festivals (A Study of Konyaj Festival) etc. One of the participants commented that being an Anthropology student, the seminar has given her the great opportunity to learn more about culture. Wanrihun Jyrwa, a student of Seng Khasi College said, 'I really feel blessed to get this opportunity to attend this seminar. This seminar has helped me to know and understand the importance of our culture and festival.'  

The Director of DBCIC Rev. Fr Joseph Puthenpurakal sdb, welcomed the participants. He wish that the seminar will enlighten the participants to broaden the understanding of culture and have respect for others culture. Fr. Manoj, the Deputy Director of DBCIC proposed the vote of thanks. After the seminar the participants were given a guided tour to the different galleries of the museum.  
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