Skip to content Skip to navigation

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.

Author info

Prantik Deka's picture

Prantik Deka. Email: prantikdeka@gmail.com

Add new comment

Random Stories

Strike at Raha revenue circle

3 Dec 2015 - 3:56pm | Dibya J Borthakur
Along with rest of the state the work at the Raha Revenue Circle Office was paralysed today as mandals and kanungos here observing a ceasework, following the call given by the All Assam Mandal...

NDFB cadre beaten to death

3 Jun 2014 - 6:46pm | Hantigiri Narzary
A suspected NDFB cadre (Ranjan Daimary faction) was beaten to death by public mob today at Bagargaon under Bijni police station in Chirang when he was coming to take extortion demand money. Acording...

Udalguri district to observe WE Day

4 Jun 2011 - 3:02pm | Jayanta Kumar Das
The District administration of Udalguri is ready to observe World Environment Day centrally at Udalguri on June 5. tOn 2nd June, the Deputy Commissioner, Udalguri Thaneswar Malakar Presided over...

NDFB-S cadre killed

22 Sep 2016 - 5:01pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau
A hardcore cadre of NDFB(S) was killed at an encounter with police early this morning Ultapani Labanyapur area along the Indo-Bhutan border in Kokrajhar district. Shyamal Prasad Saikia, Kokrajhar SP...

Other Contents by Author

The 106th birth anniversary of legendary Assamese musician Purushottam Das was recently observed in a glittering function organised by the Amguri Puberun Cultural Organisation of Sivasagar district and Sangeet Khanikor Purushottam Das Smriti Raksha Samiti, Guwahati, in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Govt of Assam, at the premises of Amguri Auniatia Hemchandra Dev Higher Secondary School. The function started off with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the principal of the school, Amarjyoti Borthakur, who delivered a brief speech. The state's eminent music director and composer Ramen Choudhury, who is an adviser of the Smriti Raksha Samiti, laid a wreath at the...
Guwahati: The trailer and poster for 'Baruar Xongxar' (The House of Baruas), a documentary highlighting the renowned Assam-type house at Latasil in Guwahati and its influential occupants, were released on November 11, 2023. The 71-minute film, directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Utpal Borpujari, will have its world premiere at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, under the Indian Panorama section. The poster and trailer launch, attended by legendary musician Ramen Barua and eminent singer Dwipen Barua, took place at the centennial house. Producers Nayan Prasad, Jemini Phukan, and Dibyajyoti Saharia, from Surjya and Jemini Phukan Production, joined the event...
Guwahati: The timeless Assamese classic 'Auto-Rickshaw Chalao Ami Duyu Bhai', originally penned and composed by legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika in the 1970s, has been revitalized with the release of a new music video titled 'Dignity of Labour.' Directed by Ashok Bora and produced by Pranabjyoti Neog, the video was officially launched at the Guwahati Press Club on November 5, commemorating Dr Bhupen Hazarika's 12th death anniversary. Notable personalities, including novelist Leena Sharma, Manoj Saikia, chairman of Assam Livestock and Poultry Corporation, and vocalist Mausumi Saharia, attended the event. The original song, sung by Dr Bhupen Hazarika and his brother Jayanta...
Assam down town University, a leading private educational institution in North East India, is set to introduce an Undergraduate Certificate Program in Film Appreciation, aiming to enrich students' aesthetic and entertainment perspectives. The meticulously designed six-month course will impart fundamental knowledge about the art of filmmaking and emphasize the critical appreciation of cinema. Dr. N. C. Talukdar, the Vice-Chancellor of Assam down town University, mentioned that the course will initially be accessible to university students. Following the initial phase, the program will be extended to external students, film enthusiasts, and professionals within the film industry. Dr....
Joydeep Goswami, a composer and singer from Assam, has made a striking debut as a film producer with his Hindi movie ‘Ginti’ (The Countdown). The psychological horror thriller has received critical acclaim at film festivals globally, including the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and the Lift-Off Film Festival 2023. The film explores the mind of a contract killer struggling with schizophrenia. It's directed by M Durga Prasad and praised for its gripping narrative. Goswami is well-known for his music career, with popular albums and singles under his belt. He established his production house JD Motion Pictures, and with the help of a talented creative team, brought the idea for ‘Ginti’ to life....
A launch event was held in Guwahati to celebrate the release of Saurav Kumar Das's latest book, "Jalukbarit Mur Xunuwali Otit". Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury, former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, released the book during the ceremony. The book is an autobiographical memoir of the author's memories of the 1970s spent in Jalukbari, also known as the country of Krishnachura. Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury, in his keynote speech, praised the author's ability to capture the essence of the bygone era and show reverence to Gauhati University. He also mentioned the opportunity for authors to enter the new literature that is being produced globally through writing such an autobiographical work....
The Roopkar Awards, instituted in honor of distinguished cine-journalist and litterateur Pabitra Kumar Deka, were presented to acclaimed actor of theatre and cinema Pranjal Saikia and National Award-winning filmmaker Mridul Gupta for the years 2021 and 2022, respectively, during a ceremony held at the Pabitra Kumar Deka Archive on January 5th. These awards, given out every two years, were presented by the state's distinguished litterateur and former editor of Asomiya Pratidin, Nitya Bora. In his keynote speech, Bora highlighted Pabitra Kumar Deka's significant and noteworthy contributions to Assamese culture and literature. He stated, "Pabitra Kumar Deka has written extensively on a...
Get ready for the much-awaited music video of 'Xur Tumi' to be released soon! After serving more than 15 years as an officer in the Indian Navy, Assam born and bred Tirthank Nath returned to his hometown Dhing in Nagaon district this year after taking voluntary retirement. He had always pursued his deep-seated passion for songwriting, but began to pursue it professionally after he took over his family business. After serving for many years, he felt a strong desire to be with his family and felt that it was important for him to be there for them. Tirthank has an innate talent for writing beautiful songs. His initial success as a songwriter came last year with the song 'Xuworoni...
In very heartening news, the Assamese animation film titled ‘Mahapurush Sri Sri Madhabdeva" has been receiving high praise and critical acclamation in various film festivals held around the world. The film, produced by Ramani Chitramm Memorial Trust, is conceptualised, scripted and directed by the noted promoter, preserver of Sattriya culture and philanthropist, the late Dalim Pathak. It has always been Dalim Pathak’s endeavour to disseminate and promote the philosophy of saints Sankardeva, and his faithful disciple Madhabdeva, the creator of the epoch-making – Naam Ghosa. The film has bagged Best Animation Film at the prestigious Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival, 2022, for...
A packed audience was regaled by a stimulating cultural show at the Dr. Banikanta Kakati Auditorium of Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati on 17 July, 2022. Like the previous years, the students of the Murchana Music Education Centre captivated audiences with their instrumental and vocal performances of Assamese, Hindi and western music. Since 2000, Murchana Music Education Centre has been providing training to a number of students in the city in guitar, piano, keyboard, violin and vocal music. Affiliated with the Musicea Arts and Culture Council, the music institute, run by its dedicated teacher and principal Hiranya Kalita and its better-half Barnali Kalita, always strives to provide...