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Music in the relics

  • A poster-still from Na Jujor Ronuwa
    A poster-still from Na Jujor Ronuwa

The Koch dynasty, established by Maharaja Biswa Singh, and expanded by King Naranarayan and Bir Chilarai in the 16th century heralded a golden chapter in Assam’s history. Every year, the State celebrates the birth anniversary of Chilarai, also known as the ‘Kite King’ due to his likeness to a kite in his swiftness of movement on the battlefield. The government has also been conferring Bir Chilarai Award every year since 2005, honouring persons displaying rare courage and bravery.

Despite his glorious achievements, Chilarai has remained largely neglected in the present-day society of Assam. We must remember that his glorious reign has also left behind a large number of cultural relics of great historical significance and research value.


Indrajit Narayan Dev, a noted personality from the film industry and a direct descendant of the Koch Dynasty has recently produced and directed a music video ­- Na Jujor Ronuwa: The Rebirth of the Koches, which highlights the rich and vibrant history and culture of the Koch community. But most importantly, the music video depicts the ancient edifices and the characteristics of the Koch Dynasty, when so much we ought to be proud of now sadly appears more as ruins of architectural grandeur, a mere shadow of their former glory.

Relics are often viewed as the purveyors of culture, the concrete evidence of the long history and cultural traditions of a state and a people. The decrepit state of these relics, that have got such immense potential to attract tourists from various parts of the country and even abroad, testifies to the sheer negligence on the part of the authorities.

As informed by Indrajit Narayan Dev, apart from highlighting the history and culture, the music video should work as an eye-opener for the government to work for the preservation of such a heritage, which is crumbling – due to environmental influences. The need of the hour is to formulate laws aimed at the protection of ancient relics through preservation and restoration programmes. Dev also feels that such initiatives will not only inspire, but also instill a sense of respect in the new generation to look at their history with pride.



A working still from ‘Na Jujor Ronuwa'

Featuring traditional Koch Rajbongshi folk music and culture, the track written by noted lyricist Ibsonlal Barua, has been rendered by popular singer Joy Barua, who has also composed the song.

A number of princely families of the Koch lineage hailing from Darrang, Bijni, Beltola, Chidli, Cooch Behar and Raikot have contributed with their inputs and ideas to the music video.

A number of artistes from the Koch Rajbongshi community, with their traditional attire, also figure in the video. The video covers different parts of Assam including Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Gouripur and Majuli. In north Bengal, it has covered Cooch Behar, Madhupur, Jalpaiguri, Dinhatta, bordering Bangladesh, banks of the Kosi river in Nepal, Chikanjhar forests, bordering Bhutan, and some places in Jharkand.

 

Choreographed by Koch David Yor, the video has been edited by Ashim Sarmah, and cinematographed by Amiya Ranjan Das and Raaj Ahmed. While Abani Tanti has handled the sound engineering, Dhruba Rabha has worked as the visual effects supervisor. The video has already been made available on YouTube.

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Teacher's indefinite class boycott enters seventh day in Kokrajhar

4 Jun 2019 - 8:32pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar: Indefinite protests continues in Kokrajhar Music & Fine Arts College which entered its seventh day. The boycott strike carried out by teaching staff demanding provincialisation of the college and appointment of permanent principal.

On the other hand, the students are also protesting in front of the college seeking early withdrawal of the class boycotts by teachers  and appointment of permanent principal in the College.

The strike has been affecting students fully as no classes and attendance of the teachers saw nill in the College since May 29.The College was established in 1996 and got concurrence in 2001 and since then urging state government for provincialisation.Till today, 23 year passed out,yet no any initiative was taken away for the College.

 A total 40 staffs, including teaching and non teaching are rendering their services in the College since it's inception seeing healthy educational environment in the region.

Teachers have expressed their affirmed that they will would continue their indefinite class boycott till achieve of written assurance from the state government over college's provincialisation immediate.The strikes of the teachers and students are continuing in the College,yet no any measures as well response reach from state government and local BTAD administration till today.

Students of the College continued their  protest dharna in front of the College with displaying music instruments like Kham,Shifung,Serja,Jotha etc and presented their music display.

Students with banner,placards participated te protests and shouted slogans,on demanding withdrawal of the class boycott and appointment of permanent principal in the College.

Agitated students alleged that due to insincerity from state government and local BTAD administration, said that students are deprived their due classes and some other curicullum activities and urged the teachers to make withdrawal of the class boycotts and examination by teachers who are in indefinite class boycott agitation since May 29.

Notably,the students have submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Assam seeking early solutions of the College through the Deputy Commissioner,Kokrajhar. But,no good response and well gesture reached till today from state government and BTAD administration.

"We would continue our protests in the college untill and unless getting solutions of the demands of the college issues", said agitated students.

Students urged the state government and BTAD administration to take strong initiative to make provincialisation and held healthy educational environment in the College.

Citizens urge Govt to stop arms sales to Burma

4 Jul 2009 - 12:16pm | Nava Thakuria

A roundtable meeting at Guwahati Press Club on Saturday urged the Government of India to stop forthwith all arms sales to the military rulers of Burma, who use these weapons to suppress the ever-growing movement for democracy in the country. The well-attended meeting, organized by the Burma Centre Delhi and Journalists’ Forum, Assam, also demanded immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma. In a resolution, the meeting urged New Delhi to review its policy on Burma to facilitate restoration of democracy in the South East Asian country.

The speakers were of the opinion that trade relations between India and Burma should not be at the cost of the democratic movement in that country. They urged New Delhi to allow the Burmese exiles to continue with their political activities in India. India should have a non-discriminatory refugee policy as early as possible, another resolution said.

The participants decided to get organized in a forum titled “North-east India Forum for Democracy in Burma.” The forum will provide space for the people of Burma and Northeast India to join hands to continue the campaign against Burma’s military rulers. Meanwhile, in a message sent to the organizers, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) expressed their support to the democracy movement in Burma and demanded release of Suu Kyi with other political prisoners. The message was conveyed by Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, AASU advisor and NESO convenor.

Those, who attended the meeting, included Dr Alana Golmei, Htun Htun and M. Kim from Burma Centre Delhi, Rupam Baruah, Hiten Mahanta, Biman Hazarika, Nava Thakuria, Ranen Kumar Goswami, Sabita Lahkar, Anita Kalita Goswami from Journalists’ Forum, Assam, social activists Jayanta Gogoi, Jayanta Barman, Chakreswar Goswami, Kishore Giri, Dr Jagandindra Roy Choudhury, Anup Sarma, Mitali Konwar, Gitali Saikia and Kaveri Mahanta.

KMSS demands unconditional release of Akhil Gogoi

25 Nov 2016 - 12:25pm | Shajid Khan

The Udalguri district unit of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) staged a sit-in-demonstration on Thursday at Kalaigaon bus stand in protest against the arrest and subsequent judicial custody of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi.

About one hundred protesters staged protest demonstration for nearly two hours, demanding unconditional release of the peasant leader. They also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner office seeking unconditional release of Akhil Gogoi and proper inquiry in alleged APSC anomalies.

The protesters alleged that the arrest is nothing but reveal the fascist nature of the present State Government .The KMSS had also demanded that education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's and other political big-wigs alleged role in the scam be probed as well.