Wednesday, 24 December 2014

ANAYA CONFERENCE HELD SUCCESSFULLY

ANAYA CONFERENCE HELD SUCCESSFULLY
Namsai 21 Dec.2014 : The one day ANAYA Conference held at the Namsai Town Club yesterday concluded successfully with election of new office bearers. The conference was held under the chairmanship of Chow Mowney Singkai and Election Commissioner Chow Khai Longchot.
The new office bearers of ANAYA for session 2014-2018 are-
1. President- Chow Techanam Singkai
2. Vice-President (Administration)- Chow Novodeep Pangyouk
3.Vice-President (Protocol)- Chow Cheykham Manchey
4. General Secretary- Chow Rajana Manpoong
5. Assistant General Secretary- Sengkhong Maio
6. Speaker- Chow Pintu Chowlik
7. Deputy Speaker- Ningroo Sengyut Maio
8. Convener- Chow Tharasa Pomoung
9. Finance Secretary-Chow Fhatra Longkan
10. Assistant Finance Secretary-Chow Nalinda Enling
11. Cultural Secretary-Chow Pawan Chowlu
12. Assistant-Cultural Secretary Chow Ujjal Manpoong
13. Games & Sports Secretary-Chow Senly Manpoong
14 Assistant Games and Sports Secretary Chow Sujingna Mein
15. Social Service Secretary Chow Dhananjoy Mantaw
16. Assistant Social Service Secretary Chow Jotika Kapat
17. Chow Aikhamhom Pangyuk
18. Chief Auditor-Chow Wonnaseng Loungphoi
19. Information and Publicity Secretary- Chow Kungni Manpoong
20. Literary Secretary-Chow Watana Loungphoi
21. Office Secretary- Jotong Maio.
The day long conference concluded with the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected office bearers followed by handing & taking over of charges. The premier youth organisation of the newest district of Arunachal Pradesh , ANAYA assumes more significance as the nascent district marches towards a new destiny. A destiny of peace , progress and prosperity wherein the youths shall be playing the constructive roles as envisaged by the leaders and seniors. The note of the conference just suggests the redefined approach of the youths in the onward march.

NAMES OF SOME TAI-KHAMTI RULERS AND CHIEFS

NAMES OF SOME TAI-KHAMTI RULERS AND CHIEFS-
IN MYANMAR (13TH TO 17TH CENTURY A.D)
1. AiKhamti Thien - Muang Mantalet. (North Myanmar region)
2.Chow Keing Ken - Muang Khamti Long. (North Myanmar region)
3.Chow Ngi Lungkeing Kham - Moung Khamti Loung. (North Myanmar region)
IN ASSAM (SADIYA REGION 1794-1843 A.D):
1.Chow Ngi Lungkeing Kham
2.Chow Ai Noy Lungkeing Kham
3.Chow Mu Ngan Lounh
4.Chow Salan Namchoom
5.Chow Rang Fa
6.Chow Fa Plang Lu
IN DIRAK REGION (Arunachal Pradesh: Mid 18th century a.d)
1. Chow Ching Thee.
TAI KHAMTIS IN FOUR DIFFERENT AREAS (19TH CENTURY A.D) :
UNDER DHEMAJI DISTRICT (ASSAM):
1.Chow Tang Namchoom
UNDER LAKHIMPUR DISTRICT (ASSAM ):
1.Chow La Namchoom
UNDER SUNPURA REGION (ARUNACHAL PRADESH ):
1.Captain Gohain/Namchoom
UNDER NAMSAI DISTRICT (ARUNACHAL PRADESH ):
1.Chow Sa Namchoom
2.Chow Kanan Namchoom
3.Chow Fee Po Namchoom
4.Chow Khamoon Namchoom
N.B Names of only popular rulers are mentioned above.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Poi Pee Mau Tai to commence from

Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
NAMSAI, Nov 18: The Tai community is all set for the 2109 Poi Pee Mau Tai that will be held at Nalung village of Namsai district on November 22. The three day grand celebration of 2109 Poi Pee Mau Tai – the New Year festival of Tai Khampti and other Tai communities is held to conserve the Tai traditional ceremony and celebrate the long, diverse and rich culture. The idea to celebrate the festival in Arunachal Pradesh was conceived by the Tai Khampti Development Society (TKDS) and first took place in 2008 in Namsai in accordance with the ancient Tai Calendar. The noble initiative with the support of the community chiefs, elected leaders, elders and youth was aimed at reviving its age old culture, script, music, sports, dances, folklore and way of life while keeping pace with the modern world.
The celebration at Nalung village is likely to be the biggest in the Namsai district as there will be participation from neighboring state of Assam and countries like Thailand, Myanmar.
The celebration is designed in such a way that it becomes a platform to develop and display the talents of the budding artists and writers of the society, besides exposing the tourism potentials of the area and generating employment avenues for the unemployed. The festival also inspires the youths to protect the identity and culture of the community.
Throughout the three days, there will be a range of cultural performances, including traditional Tai music performances, Tai classical and contemporary dances from various parts of Namsai district and popular dance drama of Tai Khampti called Pung.
The most successful blues band in India “Soulmate” from Shillong (Meghalaya), “Toxic Peace” one of the most skilled bands from Nagaland and “Minutes of Decay” a Delhi based all girl-band from Imphal (Manipur) and “DJ Acid” from Bangalore are slated to perform as well. In addition, there will be demonstrations of Tai martial arts including traditional sword
fighting, traditional sports competition, elephant safari, traditional single log boat race.
The famous Tai cuisine will be served in the various food stalls. The other added attractions of the event are fireworks display, poi pungfai (releasing of fire balloons), beauty pageants and ceremony of floating thousand candles over river Tieng.
Nalung, 3 kms away from Chongkham is a beautiful, serene and monastic village by the  river banks of Tieng, a river with crystal clear water and thriving flora and fauna. The site is
set amidst lush green forest and tea plantation which adds to its mesmerizing beauty that would give ample opportunities to the visitors for a perfect weekend getaway.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

POI-POTWA PANCHONG, YEARS & PLACES

POI-POTWA PANCHONG, YEARS & PLACES:
(Held under the area of circles right from Miao, Diyun, Lekang, Piyong to Namsai)
Began from Chongkham in 1978, the years & places of celebrations prior to 1992 were unrecorded.
The following are from the 14th Celebration that are known to me :
TIME - PLACE - YEAR
14th - Piyong - 1992
15th - Wingko - 1993
16th - Innao Khampti - 1994
17th - Namsai - 1995
18th - Solungtoo - 1996
19th - Innao Singpho - 1997
20th - Manmow-1998
21st - Nongtow Khampti - 1999
22nd - Dumba - 2000
23rd - Nanam Khampti - 2001
24th - Mudoi - 2002
25th - Kaichu - 2003
26th - Changlai - 2004
27th - Diyun - 2005
28th - Sengsap - 2006
29th - Nanam Khamyang-I - 2007
30th - Nampong - 2008
31st - Old Mohong - 2009
32nd - Manna(Pathargaon) - 2010
33rd - Wagun Pathar - 2011
34th - Khagam - 2012
35th - Wingko - 2013
36th - Manfaiseng - 2014 (now)
37th - Koseng, 2nd Mile, Namsai- 2015 (Will be announced today at Manfaiseng).

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Theravada Buddhist celebrates Sitang Pot-wa

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Theravada Buddhists residing in Capital Complex observed Sitang Pot-wa (in Tai-Khampti) festival or Retreat Ending Day at Theravada Buddhist Temple in Itanagar today.
Sitang Pot-wa is the last day of the three month Sitang Khao-wa or Rains Retreat which falls on the full moon day of the eleventh lunar month (October). It marks the end of the Buddhist 'Lent 'which is a moral camping period for monks. It is believed that after performing the ‘Sitang Khao-wa or Rainy retreat’ for three months as well as devoting themselves in the practice of Dhamma, the monks comes out with more holiness in soul and body.
Delivering his discourse on the occasion, head monk of Theravada Buddha Temple, Ratna Diip highlighted the importance and significance of Sitang Pot-wa celebration and essence of observing the three months rainy retreat.
The three month period which starts from Sitang Khao-wa is often used by lay and monastic folk alike to make a variety of determinations; to take up a particular devotional or meditation practice, to challenge or renounce some old and bad habits.
Reciting the story and verse of Buddha from the Pali Canon, a standard collection of scriptures in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as preserved in the Pali language, he called upon all the people to beautifully amalgamate the pre-Buddhist practices and culture with the principles and practices of Theravada School of Buddhism as practiced today, as this merger of two different beliefs and practices can make the religion and culture even more attractive, dynamic and beautiful.
Other highlights of the celebration included illumination of lamps in temple premises besides offering foods to the monks, listening to sermons, praying and observing the Buddhist five and eight Precepts.