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Regional and Indigenous issues, January 2008

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Maram Khullen lifts veil off closely guarded tradition Athokpam Jiten

Maram Khullen lifts veil off closely guarded tradition Athokpam

Jan 4: Thanks to octogenarian queen of Maram Khullen (Marameinamdi), Hinga for
her permission to publish this photograph of naked wrestling, a sporting
tradition now still alive but which has been a closely guarded tradition of the
village till the other day.
Naked wrestling is the most important event of the sportive festival of Kang Hi
which is exclusively for male. It is a sport to test strength and establish
heroism of the youths of Maram Khullen. ………..

Komrem fest(SEX_6_1_2008)
5: The 24th general conference and the 2nd Khurpui festival will be held at
Nungsai Chiru village, Senapati district from January 7 to 13, informed a press
release issued by the Kom Rem Students’ Union.


AIR programme(SEX_12_1_2008)
The All India Radio, Imphal is
organising a rare ensemble of folk and light music artistes from across the
State tomo-rrow (Jan 12) at the JN Manipur Dance Academy auditorium.


fest (SEX_14_1_2008)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: Gaan-Ngai, the traditional festival of the Zeliangrong community
would be celebrated for one complete week with effect from January 20.
The festival would also be celebrated at the State level at BOAT, Palace
Compound, Imphal.

Gaan-Ngai fest (SEX_15_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 14:As in previous years
in the true spirit of brotherhood, All Manipur Ethnical Socio-Cultural
Organisation (AMESCO) would be organising a gift exchange programme on January
21 at Konthoujam Kabui village on the occasion of Gaan-Ngai celebration of the
Kabui brethren. In this regard, information and publicity secretary of AMESCO
has appealed to all the people for co-operation.

keeping alive its heritage(SEX_15_1_2008)

By Our Staff
 IMPHAL, Jan 14: The 3 Days Cultural Meet cum Seminar under the motto, “The
return of cultural heritage of Lairam Khullen mitun” was successfully marked by
the presence of SDC Kasom Khullen Block, Angdon Maring, officials of AMSU and
NIPCO, and the villagers representing different walks of life making the total
turn out to over one thousand folks at Lairam Khullen village in Ukhrul district
on 11 to 13 of January.

Kachai Lemon festival held
By Our
Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 19: Participated by 209 stalls, the 4th District Level Kachai Le-mon
Festival, 2008 was held successfully at Kachai High School ground yesterday.
The event was organised under the aegis of Kachai Fruit Farming and Proces-sing
Co-operative Society Limited, Ukhrul District.

Hope floats
for Bodo melodies(TEL, 1-1-2008)


Feb. 5:
artistes of the Bodo belt have come together to revive lost tunes and preserve
the rich repertoire of music in its original form. Music Vision Kendra, a local
NGO, hosted a 25-day workshop in the district with an aim to preserve the
traditional Bodo tunes. The workshop concluded on January 29.

Bhaona meet
gets under way
From a
JORHAT, Jan 18: The second Asom Bhaona Xamaroh got under way with nine
xatradhikars lighting the inaugural lamp at the Manikanchan Kshetra at the river
island of Majuli toady. Earlier, the xatradhikar of Auniati Xatra, Dr Pitambar
Deva Goswami, hosted the flag and participated in a prabhati (morning) ferry

Meet names Xatriya music as ‘Sankari Sangeet’(SEN_26_1_2008)
JORHAT, Jan 25: The stage has been set for a new code for the performance of
Xatriya song-and-dance. At the conclusion of a brainstorming session held on the
second day of the introspective programme on Xatriya culture, which concluded at
the Rajabari-based Asom Sattriya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya here on Thursday, the
decks were cleared for christening the dance and music associated with a Xatriya
recital separately.

Introspective programme on Xatriya culture concludes (SEN_26_1_2008)
Xatriya dance has already been accorded classical recognition under its present
nomenclature, a proposal has been made to term the music which goes with it as
‘Sankari Sangeet’. The overriding consideration is to “ensure the onward
progress of Xatriya dance by keeping intact the compassion and traditional
harmony which marks the performing art.”

NE folk dance festival to mark Parsuram Mela(SEN_9_1_2008)

ITANAGAR, Jan 8: The famous Parsuram Kund, a pilgrim destination in Arunachal’s
Lohit district, is all set to welcome tourists on January 14 and 15 next on the
occasion of Parsuram Mela.
The Northeast Folk Dance festival, sponsored by Dimapur-based Northeast Zonal
Cultural Centre and jointly organized by the States art and culture department
and Lohit district administration, would be the special attraction for this
year’s mela.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Namsai R K Sharma said Satpal Maharaj of
Manab Utthan Samity from Haridwar would offer religious discourse followed by a
bhajan in the evening on both days.

Indigenous Games fest evokes response

our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 10: The First Bodoland Indigenous Games Festival, 2008, being
held at Mushalpur in Baksa district from January 6 has received tremendous
response from the people of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area as
thousands of spectators were seen around the field watching the games with great

Suhkruhnye celebrated in different places(NPT_16_1_2008)

The ‘Suhkruhnye festival’ was celebrated by the Chakhesang community in various
places on Tuesday. The Thuvopisumi community of Dimapur celebrated ‘Suhkruhnye
festival’ on Tuesday at Naga United Village on the theme ‘towards maturity’ with
Razouvolie Dozo, EAC Kezocha and Dezoto Rhakho, president NCSU Phek as chief
guest guest and guest of honour respectively.

Kukis celebrate Mimkuut festival(NPT_19_1_2008)

The Kuki community at
Phanjang village area has celebrated its Mimkuut festival on January 17 with S.
Chuba Longkumer, Block Development Officer, Tening as the chief guest. Speaking
during the occasion, the chief guest said that the celebration of Kuki Mimkuut
festival in a peaceful atmosphere was a sign of unity and prosperity in the
region. He expressed appreciation of the Kuki community for being "honest and
courageous" people but at the same time regretted that the community was not
enthusiastic in attitude.

fair where currency is taboo

Jonbeel (Assam), Jan 19 (IANS): It’s like a gala carnival with thousands of
people shopping amid the cacophony of pop music – the only difference is that
currency is forbidden in this exotic fair in Assam. More than 10,000 tribal
villagers from distant locations have gathered at a sprawling meadow at a
roadside village in Jonbeel, about 60 km east of Assam’s main city of Guwahati,
for the three-day fair that ends Saturday.

Manipuri play enthrals audience at the Indian Theatre Festival(SEN_5_1_2008)
DELHI, Jan 4: Ratan Thiyam’s latest production – Wahoudok (Prologue) kicked off
the 18-day long 10th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the Indian International Theatre
Festival organized by the National School of Drama in the evening of January 4
at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, stated a press release.

Jorhat urban residents to celebrate Magh Bihu in traditional way(SEN_6_1_2008)
From computers to meji and bhela ghar
our Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 5: When 10-year-old Anusmita Kashyap takes the stage on the eve of
Magh Bihu in less than 10 days from now, it will be to get initiated to the
rustic charm associated with the festivities. For children of her age studying
in elite schools in the town, meji (Bihu bonfire), bhela ghar (straw-made ‘hut’)
and mohor junj (buffalo-fight) are not as common terms as the Internet or the

participation marks Kachai lemon fest(IFP, 20-1-2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 19:
The fourth edition of the Kachai Lemon Festival, held in Kachai village, some 70
km from Ukhrul district headquarters successfully concluded today.

The festival, organised by the Kachai Fruit Farming & Processing Co-operative
Society Ltd at the Kachai high school play ground, saw massive participation as
compared to last year, with altogether 209 lemon growers competing in the fair.

Manipur’s Maram tribesmen celebrate ‘Kang-Ngi’(AST_7_1_2008)
Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, Jan 6 – While the people are occupied with New Year Day celebrations
across the globe, a small tribal community in Manipur’s Senapati district have a
festive time as they celebrate their annual colourful traditional festival for
the seven days which concludes on Thursday.

Call for new approach on NE cultural issues(AST_11_1_2008)
By A
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – People of the North-eastern region today need a new approach
to solve the cultural problems bogging down their spirits. For, the people of
this region are now passing through an age of foolishness. The cultures and
civilisations these people developed through the ages have been dying without
there being any consciousness among these people.

 GU seminar on ethnic heritage(AST_13_1_2008)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The Department of Assamese, GU, is organising a two-day
seminar on ‘Ethnic heritage of Assam: Conflict and convergence’ on January 21-22
under the special assistance programme of the University Grants Commission.

Thai Minister surprised at Thai lineage(AST_13_1_2008)
Jan12 – Visiting Thai Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarm was
surprised after learning that communities, like Khamti and Singphos who
constitute a sizeable section of the population in Arunachal Pradesh, have Thai

Improvisation of plain Karbis’ folk dances documented(AST_14_1_2008)

By Our
 DIMORIA, Jan 13 – The Government of India sponsored project on the
improvisation of the folk dances of the plains Karbis was partly documented here
on Sunday in the presence of the traditional kings of the community.

Community fishing at Dimoria on Bihu eve(AST_15_1_2008)
Kabita Duarah
 KHETRI, Jan 14 – On the eve of Bhogali Bihu, the lush countryside not far from
the capital city today reverberated with the joyous sounds of people who made it
towards the wetlands to participate in the age-old community fishing. The
community fishing, which is done on the line of a ritual, has taken the shape of
an annual mela in the greater Dimoria area with the passage of time.
The melas that have sprung up beside the site of the community fishing has
become a converging ground of people from the hills and plains and of different
faiths and communities.

 Magh Bihu today(AST_15_1_2008)
By A
City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – A festive atmosphere prevailed in and around the city today
as the people of the State geared up to celebrate Magh Bihu tomorrow. With uruka
to be celebrated tonight, market places were abuzz with people. Magh Bihu, also
called Bhogali Bihu, marks the end of the harvesting season and the people
celebrate the event with a cornucopia of traditional food. The festivities will
also see the burning of the meji, and obeisance being paid to the fire god.

Bid to promote Karbi culture(AST_18_1_2008)
By A
City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – In the backdrop of widespread violence and cultural
degradation that is threatening the fabric of the hill district, the Karbi
Cultural Society (KCS) has decided to promote the folk culture of the Karbis at
the 34th Karbi Youth Festival this year.

Khasis undertake annual pilgrimage to Sohpetbneng(SHT, 5-1-2008)

By Our Reporter

For a few it was searching their cultural identity and for others renewing their
faith — Hynniewtrep, U Khynriam, U Pnar, U Bhoi, U War and people irrespective
of cast and community undertook the annual pilgrimage to the 1343-metre-high
U Lum Sohpetbneng
(Navel of Heaven) peak near here on Sunday.

Folk dance fest(SHT, 9-1-2008)

The famous Parsuram Kund, a pilgrim destination in Arunachal’s Lohit district,
is all set to welcome tourists on January 14 and 15 next on the occasion of
Parsuram Mela. The Northeast Folk Dance festival, sponsored by Dimapur-based
Northeast Zonal Cultural Centre and jointly organised by the Art and Culture
Department and Lohit district administration, would be the special attraction
for this year’s mela. (UNI)

Jonbeel festival keeps alive age-old barter system

Though several banks are selling credit and debit cards for the customers for
easy travel, the age-old barter system still continues to flourish at Jagiroad,
an hour drive from here.

Driving past some 50 odd
bill-boards of credit cards on this crowded NH-37, one can reach Jagiroad, where
thousands of tribals assemble every third week of January to participate in the
Jonbeel Mela for bartering.

Dimasa Kacharis celebrates Bishu(NPT_28_1_2008)

The day-long Bishu festival, a post harvest festival or ‘Zeedap’ of Dimasa
Kacharis was celebrated at Darogajan village local ground, Sunday. The
celebration was graced by Chief Engineer, Power Department, Dhananjoy Basumatary
and District Welfare Officer, Kohima, I. Tally Lanu as chief guest and guest of
honour respectively.

Cultural fest at Nagaon(AST_28_1_2008)

Jan 27 – The 22nd annual cultural festival at Northeast region level, organised
by the cultural wing of Nagaon Bangali Sammilani, was held here recently at the
auditorium of the Bangali Pujabari with a five-day programme. Over 1,000
participants from the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland took part in the

Satriya music to be known as ‘Sankari sangeet’(AST_29_1_2008)

Jan 28 – This may pave the way for a definite and uniform set of rules governing
the various styles and sub-forms of Satriya dance and music. Teachers, scholars,
researchers, artistes and other votaries of the multi-faceted Satriya art form,
who had congregated at the Rajabari-based Asom Satriya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya
here for a three-day ‘introspection’ on the culture tracing its origin in the
neo-Vaishnavite movement of the 15th century from January 22, apparently agreed
on a code “for an onward journey by maintaining compassion and protecting
traditional harmony.”

Asom Bhaona Samaroh under way at Majuli Auniati Satra(AST_23_1_2008)

Jan 22 – The second Asom Bhaona Samaroh was inaugurated at the Auniati Satra
here recently.
In this connection Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami, Satradhikar, Auniati Satra and the
president of the fortnight-long samaroh celebration committee hoisted the
religious insigne at the Mani Kanchan Ranga Kshetra of the satra. A book fair
organised on the occasion by the Jorhat district and the Majuli subdivisional
committees of the AASU was inaugurated by Dr Nagen Saikia, an eminent
litterateure of the State.

Jonai Srimanta Sankardev Sangha meet concludes(AST_23_1_2008)

Jan 22 – The 21st annual conference of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, Jonai unit,
was held at Nara-Hari Ata Kshetra at Sissiborgaon, Amguri, with a three-day
programme starting January 18.

‘Literature is the heartbeat of a nation’(AST_23_1_2008)

Jan 22 – “Literature is the heartbeat of a nation. A nation cannot survive
without language, literature and art. Politics and geographical boundaries do
not have their rooms in the vast arena of literature.” This was observed by
Anuradha Sarmah Pujari while inaugurating the sixth Bodoland book fair at the
Durga puja mandap here on Monday.

Prog on
satriya art & culture gets under way in Jorhat(AST_24_1_2008)
 JORHAT, Jan 23 – The subjects which have
innate potential should be taught on a priority basis, stated the
Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University Dr Kulendu Pathak after inaugurating a
seminar on satriya culture at the Rajabari-based Asom Satriya Sangeet
Mahavidyalaya here on Tuesday. The Satriya Akademi, Jorhat, organized the
seminar on the first day of a four-day programme aimed at developing a consensus
on the procedure for the study and performance of various forms of satriya art
and culture.

Barak valley cultural fest(AST_24_1_2008)
 SILCHAR, Jan 23 – Barak Valley Cultural
Festival and workshop concluded at Silchar on Monday with a four-day programme.

Bathou Mahasabha at Udalguri from February 3(AST_24_1_2008)
 KALAIGAON, Jan 23 – The 17th session of
Udalguri district ‘Bathou Mahasabha’ is going to be held at Kabirali near
Kalaigaon from February 3 to 5. The newly-named ‘Kalbirali Kheraisali Khetra’ is
sporting a busy look, where arrangements are going on to welcome nearly 3000
delegates from different parts of both Udalguri and Darrang districts. The ‘Ai
Deor Bathou’ Anchalik Samiti has taken the initiative to organise this big
religious event of the Bodo culture.

Office space
for language centre(AST_25_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi
Yuba Chatra Parishad has demanded of the State Government to take steps to
provide space for setting up permanent office of the North East Regional
Language Centre, which was established in the State in 2000.

Golden jubilee celebration of Guwahati Sabita Sabha(AST_25_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Guwahati Sabita
Sabha founded by the illustrious Assamese poet Raghunath Choudhury celebrated
its golden jubilee on January 20 last with a day-long programme, a press release

Ghura naam celebrated(AST_25_1_2008)
 BARPETA, Jan 24 – The century-old Ghura Naam was celebrated in
Baniyakuchi Satra on the first day of holy month of Magh (January 16).

plays to be staged at Bharat Rang Mahotsav(AST_1_1_2008)
 IMPHAL, Dec 31 — Manipuri theatre has once again proved its
excellence with the entry of five Manipuri plays in the forthcoming 10th Bharat
Rang Mahotsav to be organised from January 3 to 20 in Delhi as a grand event to
mark the 50 years of National School of Drama, reports from Manipur Information
Centre Delhi said.

IMPHAL, Jan 18: National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) has
exten- ded its heartfelt greetings to all the Kabui people living in Manipur on
the aus- picious festival of Gaan-Ngai that will begin from January 20. “May the
event bring peace and harmony not only among our Kabui brothers and sisters but
also among all the people of Manipur”, it said.

Gaan-Ngai fest kicks off amid razzmatazz
Jan 20: The five day long post-harvest festival of the Zeliangrong community –
Gaan Ngai – has been officially kicked-off with the State Level celebration
under the aegis of Gaan-Ngai Celebration Committee at the Palace Compound
premises of Manipur State Shumang Leela council today.

Gaan Ngai
festival begins (SEN_21_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 20: Gaan Ngai, a post-harvest
festival of the Ronkgmai community in Manipur, began here today.
The five-day festival is marked with feasts, dances and several other cultural
programmes at all places dominated by Rongmai community


culture should progress along with information age’(SEN_23_1_2008)
 JORHAT, Jan 22: Xatriya art and culture
should make progress parallel to the present age of knowledge and information.
Speaking after inaugurating a seminar on xatriya culture at the Rajabari-based
Asom Sattriya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya here today, vice chancellor of Dibrugarh
University Dr Kulendu Pathak called for according priority to the teaching of
those subjects which are full of potential.

Asom Bhaona Xamaroh a ‘must tell’ back home, say vacationers(SEN_23_1_2008)

Jan 22: Fantastic, wonderful, a grand spectacle were just some of the comments
uttered by a group of Zimbabweans watching Toroni Sen Baudh at the ongoing
second Asom Bhaona Xamaroh at Majuli. Sources said that though the foreigners
did not understand a word of the bhaona, they were enthralled by the dramatic
representation of the Pauranic story and the glitzy costumes of the actors.

RJs promise to air borgeet on Dutch Radio(SEN_24_1_2008)

Jan 23: The Dutch will soon be serenaded by the rhythmic cadence of Asom’s
famous borgeet and be initiated into ways, mores and customs of the Xatriya
culture propagated by the neo-vaishnavite monasteries on the river island of

celebration from Jan 29 (SEN_24_1_2008)

Jan 23: Central Me-Dam-Me-Phi celebrations Committee under the aegis of
Tinsuikia Tai Sanskritic Charcha Kendra is organizing the silver jubilee
celebrations with a three day long programme from January 29. A celebration
Committee has been formed with Chow Rajen Baruah as president and Chow Rana
Changmai as general secretary. The programme will be held at Sukaphanagar
Sripuria, Tinsukia.


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