gallery | In Our Own Words: Indigeneous Film Showcase of North East India & Children Drama in Indigeneous Language at Baithalangsho West Karbi Anglong Assam India

  • The language paradise of India, North East India is equally on the brink of mass extinction of indigenous languages. Non-profit organization ARHI based in Assam has been long associated with revitalization of different indigenous languages through different initiatives. This time ARHI has organized it’s concluding program named “ In My Own Words”on Indigenous language by holding two daylong celebration on 24th and 25 th December 2019 at Baithalangsho,West Karbi Anglong district of Assam observing UN International Year of Indigenous Languages. The first day program was consisting of showcasing of films made in extinct indigenous languages of North East India and drama performance by children in indigenous language.The inaugural film was national award winning Voshobipo- in Karbi language Directed by Gautam Bora and Handuk- in Moran dialect of Assam Directed by Jaichang Dohutia-)National Award for best film in Moran dialect, Kwtham Kothoma from Tripura (Three Folk tales) in Korork Borok language directed by Sunil Kalai and Dhokbu- Lepcha language of Sikkim directed by Dawa Lepcha.
    The program was inaugurated by Member of Karbi Autonomous Council,Prabhat Chandra Taro .In his inaugural speech he stressed that though Karbi is not a endangered indigeneous language,UNESCO has placed it on as vulnerable indigenous language.So he added that it was high time to place preservation and development of Karbi language.President of ARHI ,Dibya Jyoti Borah addressing the program underlined that There are many factors attributed to the loss of indigenous languages. Globalization led modernization, urbanization; religious conversion and climate change have generated economic, political, and social pressures on indigenous people. The first day program was also attended by NSD alumnus Babi baruah,eminent author Tanka Konwar and many other dignitaries.The program was curated by social worker Moon Kumar Deka and Naba Jyoti Saikia.

  • Category: IYIL2019
  • Thematic area: Revitalization
  • Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
  • Major objective: Deliver capacities to take concrete actions and measures to support, access and promote indigenous languages
  • Area of intervention: Creation of favourable conditions for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of good practices with regard to indigenous languages