Foundation stone for cultural complex of ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’ laid at Topatoli

On 2nd March, 2014, foundation stone for a permanent cultural complex under the aegis of ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’ aka ‘Centre for Karbi Literature and Cultural Studies’, was laid at Topatoli of Dimoria in Kamrup (Metro) district, Assam. With multifaceted plan for development and promotion of ethnic culture and traditions of Karbi society, the Centre is planning to construct primarily an office and subsequently, develop a library, a Karbi traditional model house cum museum, exhibition hall, auditorium, class room, hostels for boys and girls, canteen, etc.

Laying the foundation stone, renowned litterateur Rajen Tumung delightfully appreciated the work of ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’ and he is hopeful on the further course of activities.

Joining the function as guest of honour, former commissioner and secretary, Government of Assam, Longki Phangso wishes the best for developing such consensus with regard to conservation and upholding of ethnic culture and traditions.

Secretary of central working committee of ‘Bangthe Asem’, Nabinson Kro also participated in the function. President and secretary of ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’, Sikbor Rangflang and Probin Rongpi respectively also spoke in the occasion.

Construction committee members consisting of Probin Rongpi as president and Dharmeswar Ingti as secretary also spoke on the occasion seeking help and co-operation from all in taking-up all works. They also expressed gratitude to the public for giving them such responsibilities with trust. On his speech, Dharmeswar Ingti stated that ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’ was working since 2005 in Dimoria purposely. Since then, it was decided to construct a permanent complex at a landscape of about 6.5 bigha located at Topatoli and the Centre was asking help in this regard to the government authorities, but grown no fruits. Therefore, this time, with the whole hearted support and co-operation and contribution of our people, we are heading to reach our community purpose.

The Karbis, also known as Mikir, are one of the major ethnic groups in North-East India and particularly inhabitant of Assam. The great artist and scholar of Assam, Kalaguru, Bishnu Prasad Rabha used to refer the Karbis as the ‘Columbus of Assam’. The demographic spread of Karbis in Assam is in the districts of Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Kamrup, Marigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Karimganj, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur. Besides, Karbis are inhabited in Balijan circle of Papumpare district in Arunachal Pradesh; Jaintia Hills, Ri Bhoi and East Khasi Hills districts of Meghalaya and Dimapur district in Nagaland.

Karbi society is strong in traditional beliefs and rich in folkloric aspects and ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’ is always emphasizing on upholding and preservation of folkloric aspects of Karbis. Activities undertaking at present by ‘Karbi Bipun Chirli Attiri’ can be mentioned as follows:

a) Karbi language teaching,
b) Teaching and practicing of traditional Karbi music instruments,
c)  Conservation and training on folk music and songs prevalent in oral form,
d) Upholding Karbi custom and traditions prevalent in Karbi society,
e) Social awareness about Karbi literature,
f)  Preservation/compilation of Karbi ‘Atam Patam’, etc.

Dimoria Karbi Cultural Troupe performed in Karbi Youth Festival 2014

A 50 members' cultural troupe representing Dimoria zone participated in Karbi Youth Festival 2014 held during mid-February 2014 at Taralangso, Karbi Anglong and the team has won two competitions as follows:

a) First prize for ‘Songnet Kikan’ dance
b) Third prize for ‘Ret Kinang’ dance
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