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Item Code: IDF424
Author: Geeti Sen Sanjoy Hazarika, Mamang Dai, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 0195682815
Pages: 316 (Illustrated With B& W Figures)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
weight of the book: 790 gms
From the Jacket:

For mosdt people living in India, little is known about the North-east, its myriad cultures and value system. This book paints a broad canavas by introducing readers to the rich cultural heritage and history of the states; the outstanding modern poetry from this region, acknowledged to be among the best from India; and the dual or plural identities which have led to the immense crisis of political development.

Over thirty leading personalities, most of them from the Nort-east, have contributed to this volume essays, oral narratives, poems, interviews, and around 40 photographs.

Oral narratives from eight states including Sikkim, evoke a world in harmony with nature. This idyllic image is juxtaposed with impassioned, pungent, and sardonic poetry, which expresses the pain and brutality of political oppression. The cultures of these different states are also shown experiencing transformations in social values, beliefs, and lifestyles, as they adapt to radical changes.

Three cogent essays deal with political turmoil - partly engendered by a 'mindset' leading to a conflict of loyalties between the state and the country. The Brahmaputra becomes a metaphor for destruction and survival.

This book is enriched by two interviews held with luminaries: Indira Goswami speaking with candour about negotiating on behalf of the ULFA; and Ratan Thiyam speaking on bringing the aesthetics of his repertory theatre group based in Manipur to performances worldwide, investing the local Manipur language and culture with universal significance.

This poignant and gripping account of the North-east and it cultures, will deepen readers' understanding of this little-known part of India, especially scholars of anthropology, cultural studies, and literary culture, as well as general audiences.

About the Author:

Geeti Sen is Chief Editor, Publications, India International Centre, New Delhi. She is a cultural historian, art critic, and the author of five major books on Indian art. She was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship from 1998-2000.

Sanjoy Hazarika is Managing Trustee of the Centre for North-east Studies and Policy Research, and is a consulting Editor for Statesman. He is an award-winning former correspondent of the New York Times.

Mamang Dai is a journalist and writer, and is Vice-President of the North-east Writers Forum. Her published works include two books, a collection of poetry, and a collection on folklore.

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih is Deputy Director in charge of publications at North-eastern Hill University, Shillong. He is the recipient of the first North-east Poetry Award conferred by the North-east Poetry Award conferred by the North-east Poetry Council, Tripura, in 2004.

Preface VIII
Geeti Sen
Where The Sun Rises
Creation Myths And Oral Narratives

On Creation Myths and Oral Narratives 2
Mamang Dai

Origin Myths of the Mizo 7
Margaret Ch. Zama

The Worship of Burasa 12
Chandra Kanta Murasingh

The Story of Creation 15
Tashi Chophel

The Legend of Chandramali and Kathia Budan 18
Anil Boro

A Tale of Saioja Badshah and Nawab Radharam 20
Kallol Pilliya

The Legend of Abo-Tani: the first man on earth 22
Hage Pilliya

Oral Narratives of the Merhu 26
Easterine Iralu

Khomjong-nubi Nangkaron: the Pleiades ascending heaven 30
Tayenjam Bijoykumar Singh

U Theln: the man-eating serpent 33
Kynpham Sing Nongkynrith

When Shadow Fall
Poetry From The North-East

Hard-edged Modernism: contemporary poetry in North-east India 40
Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Mamang Dai

Nlimani Phookan

Thangjam Ibopishak

Robin S. Ngangom

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Mona Zote

Nini Lungalang

Chandra Kanta Murasingh

Cultures in Tradition

In Search of Heroes

Child of Fortune
Nini Lungalang

Nagas - Down the Ages
Pablo Bartholomew

Photo Essay by Pablo Bartholomew

Where the Past meets the Future 109
Ayinla Shilu Ao

Rites, in passing…. 113
Moji Riba

The Ka Lukhmi: a Khasi rice myth 122
Desmond Kharmawphlang

Death of a Hunter 137
Temsula Ao

The Road to Tawang 149
Geeti Sen

The Conflict of Identities

A New Politics of Race: India and its Nort-east 164
Sanjib Baruah

Where is this North-east? 177
Patricia Mukhim

The Assamese Mind: contours of a landscape 189
Harekrishna Deka

Heaven in Hell: a paradox 203
Mona Zote

Women in the Time of Conflict: the case of Nagaland 213
Preeti Gill

Re-inventing Tradition in Performance 227
Ratan Thiyam in dialogue with Kavita Nagpal and Geeti Sen

The Politics of Dissent

The Brahmaputra: muse, metaphor, source of life 244
Sanjoy Hazarika

Nagaland in Transition 253
Charles Chasie

The Margins Strike Back: echoes of sovereignty and the Indian state 265
Udayon Misra

Manipur: factured land 275
Pradip Phanjoubam

Stitching Peace Together 288
Indira Goswami in dialugue with Sanjoy Hazarika and Geeti Sen

Contributors 300

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