Shillong: The 122nd Seng Kut Snem, celebrated by the followers of the Khasi indigenous (traditional) faith, was on Tuesday celebrated in Shillong city.

This year’s celebration did not witness the annual procession owing to the pandemic, though a cultural programme was held as is done every year at Weiking ground.

The chief guest was MP Prof. Rakesh Sinha. Meghalaya Cabinet ministers including MLA Sniawbhalang Dhar and MLA Sanbor Shullai, and MLA Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Adelbert Nongrum and several other officers were also present. 

The annual Seng Kut Snem festival is celebrated to commemorate the Seng Khasi Movement to preserve, protect and uphold the indigenous Khasi culture.

On August 23, 1899, 16 brave and nationalist Khasi youths had formed the Seng Khasi to protect their indigenous religion, rich culture and unique language in the face of British onslaught.

Since then, the movement has gained momentum, imbibing a sense of pride in the Khasi youth in their rich and unique heritage.  

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest MP Prof. Rakesh Sinha lauded the Seng Khasi for standing tall against all odds and termed its 122-year culturally positive journey with its strong philosophical foundation as an example to be emulated by communities across the world.

Sinha also emphasised the need for organisations like the Seng Khasi to instill a sense of confidence amongst the indigenous youth, to broaden their prospects in various fields of work.

This year, along with the Seng Kut Snem, the Seng Khasi also observed 75 years of India’s Independence and 50 years of Meghalaya statehood.

To mark the occasion, a group of young musicians performed the musical rendition of “Sare Jahan Se Accha”, using traditional musical instruments.

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