Thursday, 22 October 2015

Khampti organizes dances and is famous with the name Khampti Dances

Community which is known Khampti organizes dances and is famous with the name Khampti Dances in India and their dramas are also termed accordingly. Khamptis mainly belongs to Buddhists religion as many stories which are related to this religion as well as depict events which are mythical and containing ethical lessons are conveyed through these dances.These dances and activates are generally organized on various festivals such as Khamsang (Poi Sanglong), Sangkyen and Potwah. These dances are organized for entertainment on these festivals.Dance is known as ‘ka’ and the drama of the dance is known ‘kapung’ which means dance and story. It is story which is being depicted by this dance performance. The practice or rehearsal of these dance-drama begins about 1 month before the starting of festive season and is practiced in house or in monastery. Invitation is being sent by villagers to drama-party in order to organize dance.This dance-drama is organized in any courtyard or in any suitable place. Women are not there in this drama that’s why men play role of female part in drama. Once the performances are over, a certain amount of remuneration is provided to party.Now, from this money they buy masks and costumes which are required in drama. Surpluses are shared by other drama party members.

Photo theme: Kaa Laai Mokya Dance.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Arunachali Cuisine: Of Khao Hai, Nou Moo Phan & More

It was a three-day conference on sustainable development of India’s mountain states in this Arunachal Pradesh capital. But it was not limited to brainstorming sessions as the participants also got to savour some delectable tribal cuisine of the northeastern state.
A food carnival was a delicious addition to the fourth edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit held at the Banquet Hall in Itanagar from October 7 to 9. Organised by the state tourism department in collaboration with Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh, the host of the event, the food carnival spread out an eclectic mix of dishes over two days of lunch.
Food lovers tasted the best tribal dishes of unassuming chefs from rural hinterlands of the state who prepare minimal menus and dishes unheard of.
The main course at the carnival was brought by the Tai Khampti tribe of Namsai district known for its organic and hygienic cooking. This apart, there were a few organic dishes from other tribes of the state too. The names of the dishes could have tested the lexicon of the best of culinary experts.
First there was khao hai, Tai Khampti steamed rice wrapped in a local leaf. “The Tai Khampti people call the leaf tong while other tribes call it ekkam,” one of the organisers explained to IANS. This was accompanied by nou kai noo som, a chicken prepared with tender fermented bamboo shoots.
When it is India’s northeast, can a pork dish be missing at a food carnival? And sure there were nou moo phan, pork blended with local herbs, and nou moo shen, fried pork prepared with bamboo shoots. For fish-lovers, there was paa nung, fish blended with local herbs and wrapped in tong/ekkam and steamed.
For vegetarians too, there were quite a few choices. The noo phan – boiled fresh tender bamboo shoots flavoured with ginger leaves – and the phak kho – seasonal green leafy vegetable – tasted just divine. The pi koi tome or banana flower gravy with colacasia was another vegetarian addition.
This was just the Tai Khampti part. With Arunachal Pradesh being home to 26 major tribes and over 100 sub-tribes, organic dishes from some other tribes also found their way to the menu of the sumptuous two-day feast. These included lukter or powdered chilli prepared with chicken or pork and bamboo shoots, amin or gravy rice granules prepared with meat, and baka/kopi boil, a wild egg plant.
Then of course there were various types of bamboo shoot pickles to add to the taste. The team behind the food carnival was led by Bengia Manna, assistant director in the state tourism department, Suwana Mungyak, a lecturer in the food, travel and hospitality department of the Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College, and S.S. Kar, coordinator of Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT), a programme initiated by the tourism department, an official statement said.
HSRT trainees from food and beverages services and housekeeping were engaged during the food carnival and they provided their full support and cooperation to the Tai Khampti group which provided the service for the food carnival.
According to a statement, the aim of the food carnival was to promote and encourage the lesser known tribal cuisines of the state.
With participants from 11 mountain states, as well as from Nepal and Bhutan, plus a few foreign delegates, the carnival would surely remain a memorable part of the event.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The art of capturing wild elephants

The art of capturing wild elephants is one of the ancient culture of Tai-Khamtis in North East India and in Myanmar. They are well known for their skills in capturing wild elephants for war purpose in the past and for commercial reason in the present. Ploughing with elephants is also an unique traditional method that makes Tai-Khamti a distinct tribe from all other tribes in North East India and in Myanmar.

There are four traditional methods in capturing wild elephants:
1. Kyone Method
2. Kyaw Phan Method
3. Decoy Method
4. Immobilization Method.

Due to their peculiar environment condition the Tai-Khamtis favour the second method, Kyaw Phan method. The method involves
lassoing a wild elephant from the back of a trained one, called a koonki.This practice is
prevalent in the Assam and the Arunachal Pradesh states of India (especially khamti tribe), and is one of the methods seen in ancient India.

Kyaw Phan requires the services of a skilled mahout or phandi . This person is able to
lasso a wild elephant whilst mounted on another. The phandi , who is well regarded for his abilities, is accompanied by another mahout assistant. Phandis feature in the folklore of northeastern India. Since 1977, this and all other methods of capturing elephants are illegal, but prior to the 1977 legislation,
mela shikar was used to lasso an estimated 300 to 400 elephants per year in Assam alone.

PRESENT SITUATION: Chongkham is dominated by the Khamti tribal community whose association with the elephants is legendary and dates back to hundreds of years. The Khamtis are famous for their traditional skill of capturing wild Elephants and imparting training to tame the wild pachyderm. The tamed Elephants were earlier used to extract timber from the forest and also for ploughing in the farm fields, even for plucking tealeaves!

Chongkham was once considered as Asia’s richest village due to the revenue generated by timber harvesting and other timber-related activities. Unfortunately, the Khamtis and their beautiful elephants are almost out of job now due to the ban on timber felling. While accepting the fact that the ban on timber felling is necessary to conserve our forests and bio-diversity, the importance of conservation and respectful rehabilitation of the tamed elephants and their masters cannot be undermined.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014


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.


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)
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.
1.Chow Tang Namchoom
1.Chow La Namchoom
1.Captain Gohain/Namchoom
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.