Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Just 30 days to witness the much awaited 41st 100 Drums Wangala Festival 2018 :  Dates : 8th November 2018 : Master Chef Wangala 2018 on the spot traditional way cooking competition, Handloom & Handicrafts exhibition 9th November 2018 : indigenous games ,  Cultural recitation, Rugala Ceremony  10th November 2018: 100 Drums Wangala Festival & many more.... come & Join us

Sunday, September 25, 2016

39th 100 Drums Wangala Festival to be held on the 10th , 11th & 12th November 2016

39th 100 Drums Wangala Festival to be held on the 10th , 11th & 12th November 2016

The 39th Hundred Drums Wangala Festival of the Garos will be celebrated at Asananggre, 18 kms from Tura, the district headquarter of West Garo Hills on the10th, 11th and 12th of November 2016.
Hectic preparations are on to organize this Festival with the Hundred Drums Wangala Festival Organisation holding series of meetings every Friday for the last couple of months to chalk out the details for the celebration and to raise the required funds for the purpose.
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma is expected to attend the Festival as the Chief guest, besides hosts of dignitaries, tourists and media from the region and outside.
Besides the usual rites associated with the Wangala Festival like the Rugala, Chachat So’a and Dani Doka, among others, there will be competition among the ten participating Wangala troupes from the traditional dancers of Garo Hills, finally culminating with the main Hundred Drums Wangala dance. The highlights of this year’s festival will be the Master Chef 100 Drums Wangala Festival; on the spot traditional slow cooking competition, Indigenous games, Cultural Recitation, Handloom & handicrafts exhibition and many more.
It may be mentioned that the Wangala is the most significant post-harvest festival of the Garos, which is generally celebrated in the months of October and November. It is a thanksgiving ceremony to the Misi Saljong, also known as Pattigipa-Ra·rongipa (the Great Giver or the God of Wealth) for having blessed the humans with the rich harvest of the season.
The Wangala has been practiced by the ‘Songsareks’ or non-Christian Garos from times immemorial in all the villages of Garo Hills, the time and mode of celebration varies from village to village. However, due to impact of modern civilization and foreign culture, the Wangala, which is the cultural identity of the Garos could be seen fast disappearing. So, in order to protect, preserve and promote this cultural identity, a group of Garo thinkers and leaders came together in a meeting and after a lot of discussion, they decided to organize the Wangala festival on modern lines: a group of 15-30 dancers with ten drums would form a contingent and ten such contingents with 300 dancers would make up the “Hundred Drums Wangala Dance Festival”.
Thus, the first-ever Hundred Drums Wangala Festival was successfully organized on December 6 and 7, 1976 at Asananggre, the headquarters of Rongram Development Block. Since then, the Festival is being celebrated in the second week of November every year and over the years it has grown under the patronage of the Government of Meghalaya and nurtured by the Hundred Drums Wangala Festival Organisation.
Presently, the Organisation is being led by Mr. Leander K Marak as its President.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

SBI Master Chef 100 Drums Wangala Festival 2013

sBI Master Chef Wangala Festival 2013! thank you all d participants and others who made it possible! This is your significant contribution in our tiny effort to keep our dying tradition alive! & Congratulations Team SBI for winning the First Prize in Brenga Competition and Team ICFAI for Wetepa Competition!