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Last of the Tatooed Head Hunters screened in cannes


The recently selected LAST OF THE TATTOOED HEAD HUNTERS - a 15 minute film on the head hunting Konyak Nagas of northern Nagaland, produced by Hawksbill Production and presented by Dwijendra Chalachitra Pratisthan in the 63rd Cannes Film Festival was screened on 15th May 2010 with a large gathering.The film was given a loud applause from the audiences because of the rarity of the subject matter. The realistic making of the film created by director Vikeyeno Zao and the artistic cinematography by Indrajit Narayan Dev was a rare feat for the viewers at auditorium No: 3 at the The Grand Lumiere Theatre at Cannes. Viewers from US, Canada, Italy, France, UK, Isreal and a host of other celebrated dignitaries representing from different countries of the world were present at the screening.


This film has created a landmark in the history of films produced from the North East India. The Nagas, especially the Konyak Nagas are distinctively projected to the world with the regions' geography and its people. The film opens doors to the rest of world to know our people more and visit our lands.


Last of the tattooed head hunters is an attempt to capture the glorious head-hunting tradition of the Konyak Nagas. One of the fiercest among all the Naga tribes, the Konyak Nagas continued the practice till the end of the twentieth century. “The film is based on the ritualistic details connected with the head hunting tradition of the Konyaks, with attempts also being made to project their traditions and ancient customs. The principle reason for making this film is to tell the people about the tattooed head hunters before they are gone,” said Vikeyeno Zao.


Today, the Konyaks like most of the Naga tribes are Christians. With the advent of modernity into their lands the young generation have all but forgotten their past traditions and culture and are forward looking along with the rest of the world. However a dilemma faces these brave and hardy people today, and it is a political one. Vikeyeno explains, “In 1972, when the international border between India and Myanmar was demarcated, the border was drawn right through their villages, and even through their homes. No consideration was given to the rights of the Konyaks to live as one people in one country. Today their wish to live as a homogeneous tribe face an uncertain future. This documentary film aims to project the Konyaks in their homeland, their traditions and ancient customs and their plight today and a presentation to the world about these last tattooed Konyak Naga Tribes before they are gone forever.”


The screening of the film on the film in Cannes has also been featured prominently in the blog of eminent Paris-based media journalist Helen Dobrensky.


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Head hunting written as 'glorious'...by the writer. Strange!

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Rockybul courts controversy

2 Jul 2015 - 2:16pm | AT News

A senior cabinet minister courted yet another controversy on Thursday when he strongly advocated the inclusion of outsiders in the NRC who came across from the border for the sake of their lives.

He was none other than panchayat and rural development minister Rockybul Hussain who told reporters that those who came across from the border to escape their impending death should find place in the updated National Registrar of Citizens.

Hussain’s statement assumes significance amid the hue and cry over the recent decision to move the Centre seeking the inclusion of all people who are voters by virtue of birth

Quiz, exhibition, plantation on June 5

27 May 2013 - 10:31am | Ujjal Borah

In commemoration with the World Environment Day, the People's Friend Foundation, in association with Pollution Control Board and Arena Animation, Panbazar, is organizing Second Prize money ‘ENVIRO-QUIZ-2013’, among high and higher secondary school students of the state on 5th of June at the District Library Auditorium, Guwahati and All Assam Environment Photography Exhibition and Competition, titled 'NATURE THROUGH THE LENS-2013' at State Art Gallery from  July 8-12.

The Quiz will be on Environment and nature, Bio-Diversity, Ecology, Zoology, Botany, and other related subjects and the medium of it will be in English and Assamese. The competition will be on two categories: Group A: Class V to Class VII and Group B: Class VIII to Class XII. Maximum of three teams from the same school in each category will be allowed to participate. Each team will consist of two students. Joining fee for each team is Rs 100.

The Chief Quiz Master will be Professor Dilip Kumar Baruah, Reputed Quiz Master and Former Professor of Cotton College. There will be cash prizes and other attractive gifts and certificates for the Final Winner teams and rest two teams in each category.

The Photography competition is open to any participant from any age group from the state of Assam. The theme of photographs should be Nature, wildlife, environment, bio-diversity etc. A participant can contribute a maximum of two photographs for the Competition. All photographs must have the minimum size of A4 and maximum size of A3, and be printed in good quality Photo Paper. The participant must submit a CD with the original file of the photographs.

A total of 100 Photographs will be selected for final Exhibition Cum Competition after Screening by the Judges. A total of five photographs out of the 100 will be selected for attractive prizes. Joining Fee for the competition is Rupees One hundred only (Rs. 100/-). The Participants can deposit their joining fee in cash or in the form of a Demand Draft or Cheque in Favour of People’s Friend Foundation, Guwahati to Chairman, People's Friend Foundation, C/O. Arena Animation, Panbazar, Guwahati-1. For details participants can contact over phone at 98540-37579/94351-4615 or can e-mail at pff.india@gmail.com.

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Ram-Leela: Recreating Rama’s Milieu

8 Oct 2016 - 12:40pm | Ma Prem Naina

Hindus have chosen a beautiful word, Ramleela, to signify the drama of Rama's life. Leela means play, which implies an abundance of energy. Only Hindus have the concept of play in their religion. They say, "The world is God's play- leela." Leela means there is so much overflowing energy, just to sit idle is impossible! The energy is overflowing.

God is infinite energy, and we are his overflowing. The whole existence is his overflowing. It is all his abundance that is flowing and he can never be exhausted. This energy which can never be emptied, is called Rama.

There is no destiny, no fate for God. He is beyond destiny. Flowers bloom, the moon shines and the stars twinkle for what? Why do rivers and streams flow?

Because God is. The day our life current gets adjusted to the right wavelength, we will find purpose disappearing from our lives. That is why we refer to the lives of Rama and Krishna as leela and not as biography. Their lives are a play, a sport, a frolic, a festival!

In India we perform the Ramleela every year. We go on performing it every year just to create the same milieu again. When someone acts the part of Rama, it is not only that he is acting Ram. In fact, in villages where the people have been untouched by today's concepts, the person who is playing Rama is Rama. They touch his feet. He is not an actor; he is Rama revived. The milieu is created. They chant poetry, the whole story is unfolded.

This is miraculous too because nobody gets bored with the same story again and again. But even though everyone already knows the whole story when Ram leela is unfolds, everyone is thrilled. It is ram: alive again Re-enacted. It is not only a stage, but the whole world.  A certain milieu is being recreated and the villager who is watching the play is not only seeing a drama he is part and parcel of a great spiritual phenomenon. He is in it! As the story unfolds, his heart is unfolds too.

Osho says: This is a mythological approach to the nontemporal. Re-enacting it. Reviving it. Resurrecting it. History cannot do this; only myth can do this. Myth is helpful but not substantial: A creative imagination is needed to fill in the substance. This attitude - the nonhistorical, mythological - is more in tune with the unconscious. History is in tune with the conscious, myth is in tune with the unconscious. Myth is in tune with eternal, history is in tune with the temporal. History is yesterday's news and tomorrow's news. Today's news will become history: history is just an accumulation of news, a newspaper accumulation. It goes on becoming greater. But history is unnecessary, spiritually. Unnecessary, because it can never grasp the significant phenomena. In another sense, it is not only insignificant but dangerous also, because the more you record the past as the past - and the more the accumulation grows - the more you are burdened, unnecessarily burdened.”

Myth is needed. History is always of the past but myth is not only of the past; myth is also of the future. The form of the myth comes from the past, but the opening is always toward the future. If someone is thinking about Krishna in terms of myth. he is not only thinking about the past. He is thinking about the potentiality, about what is possible. Human consciousness can become Krishna-consciousness, it can evolve to that point. So myth is only nominally of the past. It always has an opening into the future.

History is always of the dead past. It has no future at all. But it dictates the future.

Osho says: Myths should be continued. They open into the future. History should be discarded. All that is meaningful in the past must be made into a myth not a history. It must be thought about in terms of poetry not in terms of temporal events. Poetry is never a closing; it is always an opening. It is never limiting. You can give poetry your own meaning; you have a certain freedom. But not with a newspaper. The more down to earth the record is, the less free you are. You cannot give it a meaning. You cannot relive it, you cannot create it. You cannot be creative with it; you can only be passive. What can you do? Hitler is born in a particular year - how can you be creative about it? It is a dead weight; you can only be passive with it. But with Krishna, you can be creative. There is no date. In a way, he is never born. You can give birth to him anytime. With poetry you are at liberty; with myth you are at liberty. You can create... and when you create, you are also transformed. In creating, the creator is always transformed by his own creation; he never remains untouched.

History is a very worldly thing and myth is a record of all that cannot be recorded, but that which can be indicated. Hindus do not say 'the history of Rama'. We say 'the story of Rama': Rama Katha. It is not accidental because we give more importance to a story than to a history. With a story there are possibilities and history is a dead thing with no possibility.

A story is a living thing. One can do something with it and it can also do something to the individual.

A myth can indicate, can show something about it. It is not a bare statement of events. It helps the reader or watcher to go deep into the poetry of the myth and the imagination what Jung calls 'archetypes' - he might get a glimpse; he may be able to know what has happened beyond history. He may be able to know from deep down within themselves himself. Only from within something can happen which will be in tune with the nontemporal, which can be in communion with the nonhistorical. With what Tulsidas has written, one can again relive the whole phenomenon. Time will be transcended and he will again be in the time of Rama. There will be no space/time relationship. Deep within he will be in Rama's milieu as if Rama is present somewhere nearby.