DIPHU, Dec 11: A two-day seminar on ‘Traditional Systems of the Karbi Community: Change and Continuity’ kicked off at Karbi People’s Hall, Taralangso, here on Saturday. The seminar is organised by Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture (VKIC), Guwahati in collaboration with Karbi Cultural Society (KCS), Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA) and Assam University, Diphu Campus.
In the two-day seminar, eminent scholars and Karbi leaders of 35 of them are presenting their papers on different topics on Karbi culture, traditions, beliefs, social customs and practices.
Inaugurating the seminar executive member (EM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) for Higher Education, Jagatsing Engti said, “Every Karbi know marriage system is strictly exogamous and cannot take place within the same clan. There are five major clans Lijang, Ejang, Tungjang, Hanjang and Kronjang and other sub-clans. Another distinct feature in the Karbi community is that even after marriage the wife (woman) does not claim her husband’s surname. Her surname will remain as it was.”
He also noted that in a Karbi family when the responsibility of the family is passed on to the son, he is bound to know the local deities and ritual practices of the house and social responsibilities. He appreciated VKIC for organising the seminar in promoting and preserving the culture of the Karbis.
Joint secretary of VKIC, Dipankar Mahanta said with the change of time culture also changes, but the core meaning should not be altered.
“We are going to find out in this seminar whether the core principles of the Karbi culture are still there or not. There will be discussion and documentation of every topic brought-in in this seminar by the scholars and leaders. The VKIC is trying to show how Karbi culture can be preserved through documentation and in written forms.”
He also said the 23 papers that will be presented will, later on, be published as a book by VKIC so that the upcoming generations can learn and study it.
Topics like marriage system of the Karbis by Doyaram Kathar and Vophong Rongphar, village organisations of the Karbis by Kamsing Engti, traditional self-governing institutions by Lunse Timung and Stalyn Ingti, Karbi rituals by Ajith Kathar and deities by Boleswar Hanse, Sarala Kathar, Kamsing Ingti and Chandra Sing Kro will be talking on it.
Tomorrow the topics of community festivals by Sarala Kathar and Kartik Ram Timung, traditional knowledge for culture and continuity by Ribon Teronpi, Pratibha Teronpi, Babita Rani Teronpi and Sarklim Taro, traditional games by Jorsing Bey, Karbi musical instruments and Karbi language by Biren Keleng, oral history of the Karbis by Rajendra Tumung, traditional system of Karbi community, Change and continuity by Dr. Lipson Rongpi and Karbi traditional believes and philosophy of life by Lunse Timung will be taken up.