Dr. Promanada Rajbongshi.
Secretary, AXOM SAHITYA SABHA
Participated in ABU International Dance festival, 2016, New Delhi on 5th September, 2016 and accordingly the Recording of Kushan Nritya,Goalini Nritya and Hudum Nritya Broadcasted on 6th December, 2016 & 2nd JANUARY, 2017 at 09:00PM by DD BHARTI & on 8th December, 2016 & 4th January, 2017 at 06:30PM by DD NATIONAL(DD1)
Voice of a Veteran Koch-Rajbongshi leader,
* Notedhistorian Late Ambika CharonChaudhury, Speaks in the Intarnational Seminar Chandrapara, Assam,India on 24th Sep,2011https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHrNewlGP5o
Prof. Deepak Kr. Roy, of Raiganj University on diffent variations of Koch-Rajbongshi Culture
July 28, 2015 Anuj Choudhury: Today news and information is no more restricted to radios and TV channels. Social media has brought a new wave of revolution in our traditional society. The mainstream media, mainly occupied by the ruling class, no more plays the determining role. It is the social media which has become the handy media for the middle class today especially among the youth generation. Digital tools like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and YouTube are defining social movements by giving rise to a new generation of activism today. This we have already witnessed in successful movements across the globe from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring which took off due to social media mobilizations. Similarly the movement of the indigenous Koch-Rajbanshis in India and Nepal can be seen entering a new phase of digital mobilization. The first social media mobilization of Koch-Rajbanshis was seen in Orkut page named ‘Koch-Rajbongshi Community’ which was created on 16th September 2006. Koch-Rajbanshis of Assam, Meghalaya and Nepal were part of this community page. Through this community page the first ever get-together cum meeting was held in VIP Colony in Bongaigaion district of Assam on 9th November, 2009. Koch-Rajbanshi youths from Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts of Assam attended the gathering. After Orkut, Facebook took the lead and today we see a number of pages and groups related to the Koch-Rajbanshis and digital mobilization of the community continues through these pages. In fact there are Koch-Rajbanshi organizations like the Koch-Rajbanshi Students Forum, etc which first mobilized students through internet before officially forming in the ground. Mobilization through social media has been so influential among the community that the Kamatapur Movement in West Bengal- Assam, India and Kochila Movement in Nepal, both demanding greater autonomy for the Koch-Rajbanshis are taking inspiration from each other’s movement. Thus, the political boarder has become blurred for the community staying across boarder. All credits to the social media! At the same time has been high level of cultural exchange among the Koch Rajbonghsis of both courtiers which is actually contributing in the Indo-Nepal relationship. There, are also online news websites like kamatapur.com and publication of newspapers like Kamatapur Bulletin by Kamatapur Association which keep the public updated with recent newsfeeds. Also, there are several blogs relating to the community like Rajbanshipride.blogspot.com,mahabirchilarai.com, kochrajbongshi.weebly.com, voiceofrajbanshi.blogspot.in, etc. Organizations like Centre for Koch-Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD) and Koch-Rajbongshi Cultural Society (KRCS) have also come up with their own websites- kochrajbanshicentre.org and kochrajbongshiculturalsociety.com respectively. All these attract thousands of viewers every day. (The writer is Associate Editor at Kamatapur.com)
- “Shibendra Narayan Koch” pride of Koch Rajbongshis. he was a historian, an Author, as well as a researchers person . He wrote the book “Koch Jatir Atit Sandhanat Ati Khoj” which is a reseachere book, by this book koch Rajbongshis got new ways and new path. this great man took birth in the year of 1937, 21 may, in undivided district of Goalpara, village Godhuli bari. He passed matriculation in 1955 from Dhubri govt. high school , and passed I.A. from Goalpara collage in 1958 and in the year of 1964 he passed B.A. from the same collage. and U.D.A. in S.E.B.A. and passed L.L.B.. FROM 1957 TO 1958 he joined as secretary to all Assam Rajbongshi satra Sanmilani, later he joined many organisation to uplift society. he also became M.L.A. Meghalaya Koch Associantion gave him the Hounour and title of “KOCH RATNA”. This great man diet on 11 july 2015.
- Feliciation to Newly appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, IAS, Retd., Ex Chief Secretary, Assam.
- Guwahati, 28th May, 2015. The Koch-Rajbongshi Cultural society (KRCS), on behalf of Koch Rajbongshis of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya even Bangladesh and Nepal feel extremely proud to have the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, IAS (Retd.) on his appointment to the Excellency,Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for being one of the luckiest and competent personality among the crores of Koch Rajbanshis living in India and abroad. Mr.Rajkhowa is the genius among the Koch Rajbanshis who has been for the first time elevated to the Excellency as Governor of India.The felicitation ceremony held in the residence of Mr. Rajkhowa at Narikol Basti, Guwahati on 28th May, 2015 at 10:30 AM.The designated persons of KRCS of Assam and West Bengal Felicitated with MANPATRA, Traditional GAMSA and a packet of Valuable History Books. All together gave heartiest congratulation and warm wishes to Mr. Rajkhowa the follower of Generalissimo Chilarai.Hope Mr. Rajkhowa will once again prove himself as the ”Hero” through his honest and sincere work culture re-establishing the glory of Koch Rajbongshi community in Mordern India.
- Our heartfelt Condolence to untimely demise of Jaganath Roy & Prayers for his departed soul rest in peace in heaven and may God provide strength to all the family members. Jaganath Roy was a fabulous Dotora Badok & Folk Singer of Koch Rajbongshi Community. we lost a true folk artist.
Baas puja is celebrated basically in Assam and North Bengal by the Koch-Rajbongshi people in the month of Baishag(April-May) and Aghon(Nov-Dec) intending good health, fortune and welfare of the villagers. Baas puja, songs and dances are performed in a slight different manner in different region. The different perspectives of Baas puja are Madankam and Kamdeva , Chatali etc. Actually these are the same performances of different mode. In a Baas puja basically Madankam (Lord Siva) is worshipped. To perform the puja, bamboos of different length (8 to 10 feet) are collected and a “Choar” is tied to the top of each bamboo. The puja conducted by Deuri. In Chatali Baas, a troupe of young men moves door to door and collects alms presenting songs and dances. On the other hand the troupes are compulsory to attend in the “Thalabari” where the songs of are more often erotic in theme. In some places Baas Puja is also celebrated in the form of Shakti Puja or Kali Puja.”
- Koch-Rajbongshi Traditional Costume: “Patani”/ “Phota” is the traditional dress of a Koch-Rajbongshi woman. It is produced in handloom at home in different colours. According to Dr. Dipak Kumar Roy there are fifteen types of patani and they are Saishyaphuli, Ghuni, Dhala, Dhalakala, Bulukdhala, Maldoi, Toroiphuli, Chikonpair, Doraduri, Saada, Ghugupari, Chotapari, Suryapuri, Chotari and Guthaotha. This form of dress is antique and it is claimed that the reference of Patani is also available in the ancient book “Manashakabya” by Mankar in the anecdote of Behula and Lakshindar. According to Dr. C.C. Sanyal-“A Rajbansi woman is happy with Phota(Patani). This is a coloured cloth of Five cubits long and 2.5 cubits wide. This she ties just above the breast and it hang down up to the knees. The two ends of the Phota are not sewn together. It is an open cloth. Within the last 10 years Phota is going out of the market.” Angcha is the traditional dress of Koch-Rajbongshi gentleman. It is produced in handloom at home in different colours with 6 feet of length and 3 feet wide. Gamcha is a rectangular piece of cotton cloth produced in handloom specially yellow in colour. It has a great significance among the Koch-Rajbongshis which is traditionally regarded as a matter of practice and dignity and used as a towel. Pachara is a type of shawl used by both man and woman folk of Koch-Rajbongshis preparing it in handloom specially with cotton or Eri silk yarn. Besides these some other traditional attires of Koch-Rajbongshis are- Dagla, Parna, Khetar-parna, Kheta, Kabwos-kapur, , Andee-pachara Urna, Jol-gamcha etc.Ornaments of Koch-Rajbongshi women:The Koch-Rajbongshi women of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Nepal and Meghalaya do wear some extraordinary ornaments of different designs in different parts of the body such as-ear, nose, neck, wrist, waist, arm, ankle, finger,toe etc. along with their traditional attires in order to get better the personality and attractiveness. These ornaments are basically made of gold, silver, copper, Brass, shell etc. These are as follows.
- Ornaments of wrists & arms (Bracelet): Bala,Kharu,Bauti,Kangkon,Gajora,Sompanji,Baju, Baas Patari etc.Ornaments of neck (Necklace) : Suryahar, Siklihar, Chandrahar, Machihar,Kathimalahar,Sikahar,Takachara,Madhumala,Kuchiyamarhar, Hashuli,Kathikalamala,powalmala,gotmala,Monihar,Chick,Gajmatihar, Kawasmala,Dulalimala, eshahar etc.Ornaments of nose:Phul, Nelok, Notho, Solia Notho, Bali, Phurkuri, Nataya, Naakdhosa etc. Ornaments of ears: Onti, Makri, Machipat, Guji, Chaki, Kaanbali,Shatkori, Faasti,Khirol,Paasha, Chokia etc.Ornaments of waist: Got, bat etc. Ornaments of ankles(Anklet): Theng kharu, Baagh kharu, Paar kharu, Char kharu, Mol, Powpata. Ornaments of fingers & toes: Aangti, Paiso, Pajor, Panja etc.