The Miris (Misings) according to John M’cosh

Foreword: Recently, a very good friend and a senior, sent me a digitized version of the Book. ‘TOPOGRAPHY OF ASSAM’ by John M’Cosh. The Book written as early as 1837, under the instruction of the then government talks extensively about the togography, society, demography and the culture of the then Assam. The book rightfully digitizedContinue reading “The Miris (Misings) according to John M’cosh”

The Misings Need a ‘Cultural Revolution’

It was a rainy afternoon in Silapathar.  A group of about 25-30 Mising young boys and girls had gathered in the Kristi Kendra, (Cultural Centre) in Silapathar. While it rained outside, they continued to dance and practice. An eminent singer and dancer of the Mising community carefully watched over their every move, guiding them whereverContinue reading “The Misings Need a ‘Cultural Revolution’”

Taking the Jajabor’s Journey Forward: Remembering Bhupen Hazarika

(This post was originally published in www.radicalnotes.com with various videos of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s songs as attachment. The authors have done a historical trajectory of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s life and the consequent ideological dilemmas/battles, the legendary singer had throughout his life. This post has been republished after seeking permission from one of the editors ofContinue reading “Taking the Jajabor’s Journey Forward: Remembering Bhupen Hazarika”

Undue Glorification of tribal culture…a Neo-liberal agenda

It was a year back. My friend had accompanied me to my village. It was festival time in my village and everyone in the village was dressed in their best and also the youth were dancing to the tunes of the drums and folk songs. She was so impressed that she opined “Your culture isContinue reading “Undue Glorification of tribal culture…a Neo-liberal agenda”