Eminent sculptor and artist of repute Biren Singha from Assam is in Namsai district on the invitation of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein. Singha upon arrival has visited important sites in the district which are either displaying or housing arts and artifacts of the Tai Khamti and Singpho communities. One of the nearest testimonies of his work is the statue of Bhupen Hazarika installed at Bolung near Roing.
Singha will be sculpting and installing statues which will showcase the rich culture and heritage of the two communities. One of the sites for such installation will be the multi-purpose Cultural hall at Namsai which upon completion will be a state of the art facility.
Mein said that his invitation of Singha who happens to be his old friend was to enable installing the creations of Singha which will mirror the land and people of Namsai district. He was speaking at a programme organised to welcome and familiarize Singha with a glimpse of local culture showcased by the team of Tai Khamti Heritage and Literery Society at the Golden Pagoda(Kongmu Kham). Mein gave a brief outline of the culture and tradition of the place and his endeavors to make the young generation imbibe the age old traditions for preservation as well as propagation.
Singha in his address said that the folklores form an integral part of a tribe’s identity. He said the cultural aspect is an introduction of the community. He appreciated the rendition of folk songs on the occasion.
Chow Sijanta Mansai, a prominent sculptor and artist from Namsai was also present and spoke about his experiences as a self taught artist. Ven. Vimalatissa Mahathera, abot of Golden Pagoda also spoke and expressed his gratefulness that Singha will be contributing towards development of the arts and culture.
Singha is planning for conducting a workshop on sculpting for budding youths sometime in 2020.