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Monoliths Festival 2024 begin exchanting khasi culture

Shillong, 07 Mar: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) inaugurated the highly anticipated Monolith Festival on Thursday, at the iconic Khasi Heritage Village, Mawphlang.

The festival, a vibrant extravaganza spanning three days from March 7-9, is set to commemorate 54 chieftainships, promising an enchanting immersion into the rich tapestry of Khasi culture, featuring an array of art, craft, cuisine, music, and dance.

People from all walks of life, domestic and international tourists thronged the venue at Mawphlang, also famous for its sacred groves forests located opposite the Khasi Heritage Village.

The inaugural ceremony witnessed the esteemed presence of notable dignitaries, adding an aura of grandeur to the event. Among the distinguished guests was Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief minister, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, alongside Pyniaid Sing Syiem, Chief Executive Member (CEM) of KHADC. The ceremony also welcomed MDCs (Member of District Councils) and MLAs, Chiefs of various Himas, headmen among other esteemed personalities.

The Monolith Festival is a vibrant celebration dedicated to honoring the rich cultural heritage of the Khasi tribe, while simultaneously providing a dynamic platform for local artisans, craftsmen, and performers to highlight their talents. Over the course of three days, attendees can experience captivating dance performances like Shad Kruh Ram, Shad Suk Mynsiem, Shad Shutwait, Shad Thma, Shad Shoh Kba, Shad Nguh Meikha, Shad Krud Kba, Shad Mastieh, Shad Seng Khasi, Shad Kiewiing, Shad Pdah, among others, and theatrical skits like Tem Sur Kdor & Phawar Shoh Kba, that vividly portray the stories and traditions of the Khasi people.

The festival will also display the soulful music of the Khasi community, featuring traditional instruments and melodies by artists such as Lamphang Syiemlieh, Desmond Sun & Band, Pynter Orchestra, Kyntiewlin Mawphniang, Ri Maram Folk Akademi, Ki Sur Ksing na Lyngam, Dalariti, Summersalt, and more.