Constructing Cultural Competence : An obligation for Manipur College of Tradition
Dr. S. Birahari Singh *
Ibudhou Marongkhong Chingdrensana Pakhangba Haraoba at Govt Dance School, Imphal in June 2019 :: Pix – Lamdamba Oinam
Manipur, a mini India has witnessed scores of ethnic conflicts lately. Apart from having a festering battle between the Authorities of India and the non-state actors, it has persistent conflicts between ethnic teams. Little doubt, such conflicts are built-in characters of a polycultural state or nation like Manipur or India. Nonetheless, such conflicts are to not be let loosed unaddressed complacent with momentary measures for containment. A aware and well-planned training is crucial to handle such societal conflicts.
Conversely, our formal training is popping a blind eye to it. Exactly, cultural competence constructing course isn’t accommodated in Manipur College of Tradition regardless of being most acceptable institute for such a mission. The identify Manipur College of Tradition essentially entails a complete research of cultures of a number of ethnic teams of the state of Manipur.
The College should open programs of research of plural cultures of the state. Our state is a multilingual state. It doesn’t have a monolithic tradition. It’s, due to this fact, crucial to accommodate all of the distinctive cultures of plural societies of the state.
It’s true that main programs of research out there within the college are:
3 12 months Graduate Course in
d) Umang Lai Haraoba,
e) Theatre and Efficiency research,
f) Nat Sankritana and
g) Tribal Research
together with 4 12 months Graduate Course in Visible Arts.
Exactly, the college places extra stress on the research of arts, elements of behavioural tradition. Nonetheless, main elements of ideological and materials cultures of plural societies of Manipur should not out there. Little doubt, merchandise of some artwork varieties are, undeniably, species of fabric cultures. On this context, it’s value to be famous that “artwork isn’t tradition per se and tradition isn’t artwork per se.” We’re certain to
bear in mind it.
It’s emphatically asserted that research of artwork varieties and their merchandise solely can not construct cultural competence in college students, name of the hour. Suggestion for incorporation of training for cultural competency is put ahead for the nice of society and state. Examine of cultural universals and specifics vis-a-vis research of primary cultural components and cultural points of plural societies of Manipur is obligatory for constructing cultural competence in college students.
It may be hypothesized that goal of cultural competence constructing isn’t categorically enshrined within the goals of the college and course framework can be not designed to attain such goal. Emphasis on the research of artwork varieties within the college is indicative of the premise that artwork is construed as tradition per se.
Wikipedia writes: “Cultural Competency, also called intercultural competence, is a steady and life lengthy journey to extend individuals’s abilities in being proficient in intercultural and intra-cultural information which may enhance the flexibility to work with individuals with completely different tradition”. Merely cultural competence refers to a capability to work together successfully with individuals of various cultures.
www.encyclopedia.com writes: “The time period cultural competence refers back to the capability to work successfully with people from completely different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, or in settings the place a number of cultures coexist. It contains the flexibility to grasp the language, tradition, and behaviours of different people and teams, and to make acceptable suggestions. Cultural competence exists on a continuum from incompetence to proficiency”.
The author’s proposition is much more strengthened within the backdrop of views of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi who reportedly stated: “I would like the tradition of all lands to be blown about my home as freely as doable. However I refuse to be blown off my toes by any. I refuse to stay in different individuals’s homes as an intruder, a beggar, or a slave”. (Nehru: The Discovery of India).
The author’s proposition is once more strengthened by two Professors, Stella Ting- Toomey and John G. Oetzel who wrote: “On the dawning of the twenty first century, it’s inevitable that we’ll encounter individuals from numerous cultures and ethnicities in our personal backyards. Studying to grasp such cultural variations and coping with these variations proactively will function a serious step towards constructing a extra harmonious multicultural society”.
https://cdn/ymaws.com additionally writes: “Growing cultural competence ends in a capability to grasp, talk with, and successfully work together with individuals throughout cultures”. Right here it may be added that no person can deny the applicability of the propositions within the context of Manipur. With this philosophical underpinning this text is written.
One other unavoidable level is that there isn’t a dearth of formal establishments in Manipur for training of a number of artwork varieties apart from having non-formal centres for promotion of artwork varieties. There are
Imphal Artwork School, Imphal;
Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal;
Shri Shri Balmukunda Dev Authorities Music School, Imphal;
Authorities Music and Dance School, Imphal;
Dance and Music Division, Manipur College;
Kha-Manipur Hinsdustani Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Kakching;
Manipur Sangeet Natak Academy, Wangjing;
Sangeet Natak Mandir, Nambol;
Lamka Movie Academy, Churachandpur;
Movie Acadmy Manipur, Imphal;
Kalakshetra Manipur, Imphal;
Refrain Repertory Theatre, Imphal;
NT Theatre, Langjing;
Aryan Theatre, Imphal;
Manipur Dramatic Union, Imphal;
Langmeidong Dramatic Union, Kakching;
Manipur State Movie and Tv Institute, Imphal;
Liberty Theatre, Kakching;
Cherubim Institute of Music, Imphal;
Manipur State Kala Academy, Imphal;
Echoes College of Music Tuning Arts, Imphal and Ukhrul;
Excel College of Music, Imphal;
Agape Music Academy, Imphal;
Harimati Dance and Music Centre, Imphal;
Shivanita Artwork Academy, Imphal;
Vidya Dance Class, Imphal;
Meipa Dance and Health Studio, Imphal;
In Movement Dance Studio, Imphal;
Maranatha Music and Media Institute, Imphal;
Guru Gulapi Nat Sankritan Academy, Imphal;
and Nat Sankritan Analysis Centre, Imphal.
Formal course on Tribal Research is on the market in Manipur Campus of Indira Gandhi Nationwide Tribal College. Formal course on Thang-Ta is on the market in Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy. It is usually out there in almost 10 different formal and non-formal centres additionally.
Very sadly, nonetheless, formal course on cultural competency isn’t out there in anyone institute of the state regardless of having wealthy assets. Manipur College of Tradition can change into a novel mannequin institute by opening a proper course for constructing cultural competence, name of the hour.
It’s excessive time to formulate programs to develop Cultural competence comprising 4 primary elements:
a) Consciousness of 1’s personal cultural worldviews;
b) Perspective in direction of cultural variations;
c) Information of various cultural practices and worldviews; and
d) Cross-cultural abilities.
Due to this fact, it’s time to render concerted effort to evolve or design a proper course for constructing cultural competence in college students to be made out there in Manipur College of Tradition for superior and specialised training in order that unity in range idea of Manipur can change into a real actuality. On this context, it’s categorically acknowledged that the author’s thoughts doesn’t go off at a tangent.
Remember! That is at stake!
* Dr. S. Birahari Singh wrote this text for e-pao.internet
The author is a Former Principal, Y.Okay. School, Wangjing
and might be contacted at biraharis(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This text was webcasted on October 04 2021.