A ten-day training workshop on traditional music (Daman and Surna), folk songs and folk dances organized by Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) in collaboration with villages communities of Yar-zhung, Nubra, on 22nd October, 2016.
MLA Nubra, Deldan Namgyal presided over the concluding function.
Twenty trainees participated in the Daman and Surna training and women groups from Arunu Yokma, Aranu Gongma, Ayee, Kubet, Hargam and Taksha participated to learn folk dances and folk songs. The training was imparted by music experts from Leh Ali Mohd and Tashi Jorgais (Bandey). The concluding function was attended by Nambardar and members of above stated villages, village communities and guests from different villages of Nubra.
While expressing happiness over the outcome of the training workshop, Shri deldan Namgyal congratulated the trainees and appreciated HCHF and village communities for organizing the workshop. He also expressed gratitude to trainers Ali Mohd and Tashi Jorgais for their hard work and dedication. While assuring to recommend Ali Mohd for State and national awards Deldan said, “Ali Mohd is a gem of Ladakh and his service in the field of culture and communal harmony needs to be recognized not only on state level but also on national level”.
Dr Sonam Wangchok, secretary HCHF urged village communities to appreciate and support the trainees to become perfect. “One of the cause of declining traditional village festivals and functions are due to not having musicians and therefore, reviving folk music will help to revive these festivals” said Dr Sonam.
At last the president Deton Tsogspa Kubet, Tsewang Phntsog thanked MLA Nubra for supporting the training workshop financially and HCHF for organizing it. The villagers of Arunu, Ayee, Kubet, Hargam and Taksha presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion. It was heartening to see some elders with full of tears in their eyes and expressing emotionally that after many years they were witnessing so many people from their villages playing Surna and Daman.