Extensive Preparation Underway for 2014 Karbi Youth Festival

Preparation For Hosting 41st Karbi Youth Festival

Extensive preparation is underway to host the 41st Karbi Youth Festival at Taralangso village, around four kilometers from Diphu town, lin Karbi Anglong, ocated amid all-embracing natural surroundings.

After a long hiatus, the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has decided to put its weight behind Karbi Cultural Society, the chief patron and organizer of the KYF. KAAC’s most cultural minded executive member Bidya Sing Rongpi has been designated Chairman of the reception committee and work has started In earnest to restructure and renovate the gigantic center of Karbi art and culture under his direction.

The grand cultural celebration will begin on 15th February 2015.

The Karbi Youth Festival was one of the largest ethnic festivals in northeast India, stirred up to its zenith in the nineties decade with active patronage from the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council. The Karbi Cultural Society was constituted and responsibility for research and development of ethnic culture of the region was vested in this committee. The whole of Taralango was developed as a center for artistic exercise.

Political parties with leftist and regional optimism brought together almost all tribal cultures of the hills of Assam and from neighboring areas under the umbrella of KYF during its tenure in the autonomous councils of sixth scheduled areas of Assam. However, after change in the political arena in the hills of Assam, particularly in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, the glorious event received an indifferent response from the ruling clique due to severe financial crisis. Both propagation and practice of ethnic culture received setbacks and the annual spectacular show lost its past splendour. It is chiefly due to the flexible attitude and “culture is above political beliefs” stance of Chondro Sing Kro, president of Karbi Cultural Society that this transformation of outlook has taken place, and even the ultra outfits under armistice stipulation have joined the core committee to make the gala event a striking success.

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.