Karbi Jutang Festival Resontes Karbi Traditional Melody


DIPHU- The 3rd Karbi Jutang festival organized by the Karbi Jutang Chingthur Amei begins yesterday; thousands of Karbi ethnic performers thronged the venue located near Bokulia township around 60 killometers from Diphu. The cultural programme is focused on showcasing the rich heritage of the aborigine legacy, which is unfolding here in splendid manner.

The other reason for tremendous public response is drastic decline of militant activity and steady focus on the overall development of the region by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council. The reverberation of thousands of ethnic drum beat and the tune of bamboo flute the ‘Karbi Jutang’ celebration is opening up the ground-breaking connoisseur of this aboriginal tribe of north-eastern India.

More than 3500 Karbi artists took part in the four-day long cultural extravaganza. Apart from the cultural events of the Karbi tribes, traditional sports, article of clothing, food and the way of living of this unplugged tribes is being well displayed in the’Karbi Jutang’

The four-day long fun filled extravaganza was a perfect amalgamation of dance, food, art and culture in which artists sang traditional songs and performed their traditional dances. The colourful cultural festival started from the morning by hoisting the premier cultural organization’s flag which was unfurled by Sum Ronghang, president, KJCA in presence of thousands of upcoming apprentice Karbi artisans, distinguished personalities and general people of the hill district.

In his inaugural speech, while highlighting on the Karbi cultural festival, Sum Ronghang said, “Culture is the identity of nation hence every Karbi has a responsibility to safeguard, promote and development his culture.”

Ronghang urged Karbi people of all age group to join hand in the Karbi cultural platform for the logical development of the Karbi culture.

On the other hand the exhibition stalls put up by different departments of Assam government and private enterprises is an added attraction of the cultural event. Stalls have been opened to promote sale of ethnic cottage industry produced from different parts of this tribal zone of Assam; the display was inaugurated by PK Buragohain, Deputy Commissioner, Karbi Anglong district.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.