Koch-Rajbanshi Culture Celebrated in Mumbai

Girls from across the border are  welcoming visitors to the programme wearing traditional Koch Rajbanshi attire

Girls from across the border are welcoming visitors to the programme wearing traditional Koch Rajbanshi attire

25th January 2015, Mumbai:  Koch-Rajbanshi students of Mumbai along with Koch-Rajbongshi Cultural Society (KRCS) and Centre for Koch-Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD) participated in the North-East Cultural Festival ‘MOSAIC’2015 held at the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on 24th January, 2015. The day long program highlighted the colorful and rich culture and tradition of entire North-East India. The Koch-Rajbanshis of Mumbai displayed a colorful cultural exhibition in the festival where the cultural dress, ornaments, books, etc of the community were out for display and sale. The exhibition displayed some very rare and vintage collection of Patanis around seventy years old. There were also various photographs to highlight the various dance forms of Koch-Rajbanshis in North-East India particularly Meghalaya and Assam. In the evening, girls in Patanis from Ladakh and Bhutan walked the ramp showcasing the rich tradition attire of the community. Later Puja Konch a student of TISS entertained the crowd by her melodious Koch Rajbanshi song ‘Xui Aapi’. The Koch-Rajbanshis here in Mumbai received an overwhelming response from the both national and international crowd that was present to witness the cultural festival.

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Koch Revolution

Nabanita Roy: Culture, as Dr. Satyan Barman and many other social scientists say, comprises not just song and dance but its domain includes all things associated with our life, from birth to death. The Koch-Rajbangsi culture is vast yet comprehensive. From rhymes such as “har gur gur” to “kakoi” or “hechkini”(comb) , from shrill vocal notifications in Bhawaiya to patani, Bishohori to Jol-kosha , are part of  our life and hence our culture . Such beliefs and practices significantly consolidate the togetherness of the Koch Rajbangsi people. Very briefly, let us see how religion, heroes and values contain the core of any culture.

Symbols are words, gestures, pictures, or objects that carry a particular meaning which is only recognized by those who share a particular culture. Words like “gey” or “bahe” are extensively used to address someone as a gesture of love, mischief, affection. New symbols easily develop, old ones disappear and the symbols represent the outermost layer of a culture.

Heroes are persons, past or present, real or fictitious, who possess characteristics that are highly prized in a culture. Great people like Thakur Panchanan, Bir chila serve as models for the Koch Rajbangsi people. Click here to read the full Article

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