"Give Peace a Chance !" - this is theme for this year Ahaia Tura winter festival in the militancy-hit Garo Hill region in Meghalaya.
The sixth version of the immensely successful and eventful Tura Winter Festival "Ahaia" shall be rolled out this winter with all traditional grandeur starting from December 9 to 11 at Chandmary Field.
The three day festivities apart from concentrating on celebration of the unique art and culture, rich traditions of Garo Hills, multi-culturism of diverse communities and their folk dance, folk lore and ethnic festival wear shall also make a definite call for peace and tolerance .
Meghalaya Governor K K Paul will inaugurate the colorful inauguration of the winter festival which is jointly organised by Tura Arts & Culture Society with funds received from Arts and Culture Department, Meghalaya Tourism and district administration with its event partners.
West Garo Hills District Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said the three day Ahaia-2013 Winter Festival shall kick start with a peace rally wherein hundreds of stakeholders including the Church bodies and representatives, students, youth organisations will participate with placards and banners imploring for tranquility and tolerance, proclaiming peace and making an impassioned appeal for return to normalcy to put Garo Hills back on the route to development .
Mr Paul will also incorporate stellar acts such as Achik Orchestra arranged from the side of 100 Drums Wangala Committee with award -winning musicians in the instrumentals in the Wangala festival, Garo War Dance and musical renditions from several schools and colleges and renowned musical veterans.
The inaugural programme shall be followed in the evening by an entertaining Retro Nite wherein the best and the brightest starts of yesteryears shall belt out melodious tunes of their times. Several important personalities now illuminating the political firmament shall participate, Mr Bakshi said.
He said the Retro Nite event shall also honor the well-loved musical greats of Garo Hills who have left behind an unforgettable legacy .
The Retro Nite shall also include special number of Beatles legend John Lennon "Give peace a chance!" which is the theme of this winter festival in a year that has been marred with violence and disruptions and there shall be a candle light invocation for peace and harmony preceding it .
On the second day, Mr Bakshi said shall be the day dedicated to women and children. In the first half of the second day there shall be a "Little Angels" - Healthy & Pretty Baby Show and "Hansel & Gretel" - Fancy Dress Competition for children .The events have always been very popular with the children in all versions of Ahaia.
He said there shall be a beauty pageant called Tura Winter Queen along with a fashion show showcasing the indigenous wear of the region and rich textiles and designs that has inspired a generation of fashion designers from the region.
While on the concluding day, there shall be an exhibition of muscular might as youths vie with each other in the arena of traditional sports and games and there shall also be an inter locality tug of war event
"As a grand finale for the evening there shall be a peace concert as a befitting culmination of the hugely entertaining Battle Rock - VI which is the signature rock band contest of the region with the best of the best musical teams and rock bands contesting and vying for the ultimate honours of being declared the undisputed 'kings of rock' in the region," Mr Bakshi said. UNI RRK BM 1305
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