RISE OF THE KOCH RAJBONGSHI LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP OF SOUTH ASIA

BISHUWA Festival Guwahati 2017

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Koch Rajbongshi Boy & Girls

Dr. Promanada Rajbongshi.
Secretary, AXOM SAHITYA SABHA

Mr. Krishna Mahan Adhikary , Ex. Working President of Koch-Rajbongshi Sahitya Sobha. Date -05-01-2013

 

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,Tukeswar Barman.

The Rajbonshis alis Koch Rajbongshis are spread over throughout the world In one of my book “Koches Around the World’’ I have dealt there elaborately that the Koch people are there in Grece they are in European, Placed in Kaspian, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikimm and undivided India Barma as well it is fact the history will prove because the Koch Rajbongshi People of the present day Assam is the ancient most ethnic group of Indo-Mongoliod people They are the ancient most ethnic group of Indo-Mongoliod people they have grown very close relation with the Kocharian with the Rabhas with the Garose with the Lalungs with Chutiyas and all belong to the same ethnic group of which Koch Rajbongshis is the ancient most history will prove like that. And you will be knowing fully if you read this book one “Koch-Rajbongshi Jatir Itihas aru Sanskriti” The letter written by Maharaja (king) Narayana in the year 1555 in the year 1555 a letter was written by Maharaje King Narayana to Ahom King Chukampha This letter is being now demanded claimed by Bengoli scholars that this is the ancient most folk literature of Bengoli literature on the other hand the assmese scholars also demand that this letter is the ancient most of assamese language So how you tell me it is most embarrassing Assamese as wel Bengoli both the language are demanding that it’s their own ancient most language So it proves that Rajbongshi language is the most it is older than Bengoli , older than Assamse from which Bengoli language as well as Assamese language come up so Let the historians grammarians and the Scholars decide and also decide this problem once for all, because these people are the ancient most their language also ancient most and Grierson the great scholar, linguist had already declared it That the language of this region was named as the Rajbongshi language Grierson was linguist and he had already declared it that the language of this region was named as Rajbongshi language. So Assamese and Bengali both have come up from the Rajbongshi language. The scholars will in future while they conduct their research they will find it out. Noted historian Late Ambika Charon Chaudhury Speaks in the International Seminar Chandrapara Assam, India on 24th Sep 2011

DY365 ADDA at Baldiabathan,Kokrajhar

 

An Extraordinary Interview of Dr Dipak Kumar Roy on Koch Rajbongshi Folk Culture

Koch Rajbongshi people have some historicall, geographical and sociological perspective. It is very important to investigate them. The Koch Rajbongshi’s of Rangpur have a different socio- cultural association. To know the original identities of Koch Rajbongshi people of Rangpur, one has to enquiry about the Kshatriyon revolt of Panchanan Barma. Likewise there is a region called Tarai in our Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The people residing here have some sections and they have different languages for communication. In this region, three sections can be identified such as Koch, Mech and Tharo. The Tharo people still resides in the Tharobhita region of Hatikisha. On the other hand, the Dhimal’s live at Dhimal Basthi of Hatikisha. The Koch Rajbongshi people residing in that region have a different art and culture. Out of different cultures, ‘Pala Gaan’ is worth mentioning. There is another important song called ‘Panchali’. This ‘Panchali’ song is found to flourish in Nepal also. Again, ‘Notuwa’ is another type of song. This song have two ‘Palas’. One is ‘Virodh Pala’ and the other is ‘Kunjo Pala’. ‘Rajdhari’ is another type of song. This song depicts the story of ‘Lanka Kando’. In Tarai region, ‘Lahangkari’ is one of the famous type of songs. These are actually the songs of sadness and pain. If we move farther from Tarai, we can see variations in this song at Dineshpu and it is called ‘Bandhuwala Gaan’. This song is famous at Sonapur, Islampur, north region of Raiganj. We can find similarity among the ‘Bandhuwala Gaan’, ‘Lahangkari Gaan’, ‘Bhawaiya Gaan’ and songs of Goalpara’s Pratima Pandey Baruah. Meanwhile, we can see that the culture of Koch Rajbongshi people residing at Duwars region which is in the north of Jalpaiguri district. In this region, people sacrifice pigs in their marriage ceremony till today. Infact, they worship ‘Dangdhora Shiva Devta’. ‘Duwars’ region being close to Bhutan, a ‘Dobhashiya’ community is found there among the Koch Rajbongshi people. People belonging to this community worship to ‘Bhoot Thakur’. Some important songs of Duwars are ‘Chorchunni’, ‘Palatia’, ‘Dham gaan’, ‘Keutiya Ravan Gaan’, ‘Kushan gaan’, ‘Ravan Gaan’, ‘Tukkha Gaan’, ‘Tista Buri Mecheni Khela Gaan’ ( This song is popular in Assam also specially at the parts of Nalbari, Tamulpur and Serfanguri. But it is mostly popular at the Tista Paar of Jalpaiguri district.) The culture of Koch Bihar is something different from the rests because of the reign of Kings at that very place. One can see the culture of Arya has intermixed with the original Kich Rajbongshi culture. Specially at Dinhata and  Tufanganj , Bengali culture has merged with the Koch Rajbongshi culture. The only place where we can’t see the influence of Bengali culture in our culture is at Mathabhanga, Maithliganj Subdivision. In this place, popularity of ‘Biswahari Gaan’, ‘Tukkha Gaan’, ‘Manshikkha Gaan’, ‘Khepa Gaan’, the performing of various ‘Nadi Pujas’ prove that the Folk culture of Koch Rajbongshi people are still intact in this region. However, we can observe an intermix of culture of Koch Rajbongshi, Bodo and Rabha at Alipurduar district. In the culture of Koch Rajbongshi, having rice on bamboo poles in Bishuwa is common. This rice is known as ‘Shima Bhaat’ at Kokrajhar district of Assam. This ritual is done by the people of Kumargram Duwar of Bengal. One can find many Bhutia Chang at Kumargram Duwar. Almost 50 ‘Mahish Bathans’ are found there. So, the ‘Maishali’ culture is seen among the people of that certain region. This culture is also seen among the people of Duwars and Tista paar. A river called ‘Tussha’ flows by the Kumargram Duwar. Depending on this river, evolution of various cultures are found. Tussha peer is the deity of this Tussha river. This Tussha peer married the daughter of Khaosang Mech of Mechpara of Jalpaiguri district. Irrespective of religion, everyone worships Tussha Peer. The Koch Rajbongshi Kings also established Darbar of Tussha Peer nearby the Rajbari and therefore the influence of Muslim religion can also be seen among the Koch Rajbongshi people. Infact, some Koch Rajbongshi people adopted Muslim religion.  Nassho Sheikh people of West Bengal are the examples.

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