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Guru Rewben yearns for common platform to teach youngsters their roots

Guru Rewben (right) during the musical clinic.

Guru Rewben organised a musical clinic under the theme ‘Calling from the past: Tingteila (folk fiddle) and Yangkahui (three feet long and four hole bamboo flute)’. 

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Renowned musician of the state, Padmashree Guru Rewben Mashangva said that although youngsters are eager to learn and know more about their roots, there is no proper common platform to provide them with the required knowledge and avail such opportunities.

Guru Rewben was speaking to TFM on the sidelines of a two-day musical clinic (workshop cum seminar) held at Nagaram, Imphal, on October 6 and 7. The workshop held under the theme ‘Calling from the past: Tingteila (folk fiddle) and Yangkahui (three feet long and four hole bamboo flute)’ was organised by the Padmashree himself at Nagaram Community hall.

Guru Rewben Mashangva further said that the musical clinic was organised with an aim to revive and refurbish the priceless legacy of folk music. The objective of the musical clinic was to inspire the coming generation and let them carry the legacy forward.

Young traditional music enthusiasts had to walk on foot to attend the workshop on traditional musical instruments. Participants from Ukhrul and Kamjong districts on October 6 walked from Mahadeva to Yaingangpokpi along Imphal Ukhrul road due to road blockade.

Around 15 participants from different parts of the state took part in the workshop. Tingteila and folk instrument maker Awo Ningmaso from Shangching, traditional bamboo trumpet and Tingteila player, Guru Rawung from Mapum, classical flute player Ajit Khuman and Guru Rewben facilitated the workshop.

The workshop began with the introduction and demonstration of folk musical instruments to the participants on the first day. Training on making and using Tingteila and Yangkahui was conducted in the first session of the second day.

The workshop culminated with an exhibition. Inspector general (Admin) IK Muivah presided over the benediction program. Jubilee Shangrei, assistant professor, JNU, New Delhi, Michael Shaiza, president ERA, Mingyao Ruivanao and others attended the program as invitees.

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