If Winter Comes Can Spring Be Far behind in Barak Valley?

It seems as if the people of Barak Valley have realised the literal aswell as the symbolical meaning of the famous lines by the great English poet P B Shelley. They are keen to celebrate the coming of the spring after winter. Winter is not that much celebrated by the people of the valley as they show their enthusiasm in celebrating the spring season with all verve and vigour. Vasant Utsav as it is called in the Valley is organised in various parts of the region bringing joy and optimism in the minds of the people.

The people of Barak Valley have gone through many tumultous situations politically, culturally and economically, yet there is optimism and positivity among the people. This is testified by the celebration of the vasant utsav. Cultural organisations and educational institutes are active in organising various cultural activities to celebrate the spring season. Relevant Rabindra sangeet is sung by many along with folk songs from the valley.

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Barak Valley: For the Army and of the Army

The Army-civilian relationship in Barak valley is one to be emulated. A relationship that has a tradition since the Sepoy Mutiny days of the British Raj. Be it during India’s war with Pakistan in Bangladesh Liberation struggle with the former or the Indo-sino war, the people of Barak Valley have always tried to boost the morale of the armed forces.
Interestingly, though the majority of the inhabitants of the Barak Valley donot belong to any martial race , but there are many war vetarans in this place who have worked with the Indian Army. Even now many youth express their desire to make a career in the armed forces.

People of Barak Valley have a special corner in their hearts for the military and the paramillitary people in the valley. The defence personnels have been offering their relentless service in rescue operations during the floods which occur every year. the Military and the paramilitary forces have been helping the respective district administration in maintaining law and order in the valley.

The Masimpur cantonment area near Silchar is an attraction for the people. The kali temple of Masimpur draws devotees from far and near every day. The Assam rifles station near tarapur is another landmark military establishment which attracts tourists. The officers and the jawans of the military and paramilitary forces who are from different parts of the country are very good vectors for promoting local handicrafts in different parts of the country.

There is indeed a special corner for the military and the paramilitary personnels in the hearts of the people of Barak Valley.

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The Dhaka Strip In Silchar : Incredible Barak Valley!

Barak Valley is an all embracing valley. It has embraced in its fold people from different corners of the country and even beyond. The Dhakaia Diaspora is very prominent in the valley. They are the people whose ancestors have been from Dhaka, now the capital of Bangladesh. Historians report that the Dhakaia’s came as employees of steamer companies that used to operate from Silchar via Shylet to Dhaka and Kolkata. Accordingly, many Dhakaias settled down in Barak Valley.

There is a strip of settlement in Silchar called Dhakaia Patty. patty means strip of settlement.it is said that many Dhakaias settled down here after the partition of the country. The Dhakaia diaspora in Silchar is very prominent and have retained their language to a great extent although much influenced by the Shyletti language.

Interestingly, the Dhakaia cuisine is very famous and popular with the people of Silchar and Barak Valley. There is a restaurant worth visiting in Silchar by the name of Dhakaia Hotel in Narsingtola area of Silchar.

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The Two High- Power Phrases and Barak Valley

Words make this society possible. Words are the gift of God to mankind to make their life go. There are some words and phrases which really motivate and move us and keep us going. They are the most used words or phrases in any community or society.

If one visits Barak Valley, it is for sure the two power phrases will strike them. One is undoubtedly ” Kita Re Ba” and the other is ” Kita Re Go”. There is slight variation in the usage depending upon to whom these phrases are addressed. ” Kita Re Ba” and ” Kita Re Go” may become “Kita Agya” . The former is used informally and the latter is used formally.
Hello in English and Holla in Spanish are regarded as power words as they are used to start an interaction with someone.
Much powerful and charged are the two phrases ” Kita re ba ” and Kite re go” for the Barak Valley people. Who created these phrases no body knows. But they are integral and unavoidable. These phrases are the hallmark of hospitality and amity. People often use them while meeting others.

The most striking thing about these phrases is that they have been adopted even by members of other linguistic communities like Marwaris, Punjabis, and others living in the valley. Truly, these phrases are high-powered and are charged with energy.

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Barak Valley: The Aspiring Valley

Barak Valley is an aspiring valley, a valley that dreams to connect with the nation and beyond. The people of Barak valley have adopted many things in their food , dress,culture and music-elements which are exotic to the valley. The indigenous strain is always there but there is a tendency to adopt and appreciate things which do not belong to Barak Valley and thus stretch its horizon culturally.

In music Barak Valley has a rich tradition of of its indigenous folk music . Despite this the people appreciate and love and practise North Indian Raga music which originated and grew in the north and north west of India. Geographically connectivity of the other parts of the nation with Barak Valley is developing recently through Broad Gauze conversion and mobile telephony, But culturally Barak Valley has always aspired to connect with the rest of the nation and beyond.

It is unique that when Raga Music is losing its fans and patrons in the north and north west of India due to the inroads by genres like rock and rap, the craze for North Indian Raga music is all the more growing in the valley. Scholars of musicology , Sociologists of Culture and others working in this field will find this phenomenon interesting for studies. Children and youth here are observed to take regular courses in North Indian Raga Music in vocal and instrumental music like flute, sitar, tabla and violin.
Stalwarts in North Indian Raga Music like the late Pt Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt Jasraj have innumerable fans in this valley making it a preferred destination for the masters of North Indian Raga Music.

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Saree Divas and Barak Valley

Despite globalisation and the adoption of western dress like jeans and shorts and T Shirts by our ladies folk in different parts of the country , the popularity of Saree continues unabated in the Barak Valley. No doubt the ladies and young girls wear western outfits and dresses of other regions of the country but their love for saree is no less.

This can be observed every year on the day of Saraswati Puja. Teenager girls wait for this special day to wear saree and go to the puja pandals with friends and relatives. There seems to be a connection between saraswati puja and wearing saree. Saraswati is a maiden goddess wearing white saree. Fashion sociologists and historians can make out the significance of this phenomenon in Barak Valley.

It will not be an exaggeration to say that Saraswati Puja is also observed unofficially as the Saree Day in Barak valley.

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The Three Dhvanis and Barak Valley

The Three Dhvanis: Sankha Dhvani, Ullu Dhvani and Kashir Dhvani are integral part of the culture of the people of Barak Valley. Sankha Dhvani is the sound produced by blowing a conch, ullur dhvani is the sound produced orally by the ladies and kashir dhvani refers to the sound made by the gong of a brass metal bell. These three sounds or dhavanis are very integral in the lives of the people of Barak Valley.

One can hear these three sounds daily during the dusk after the sunset. Ladies and girls especially are responsible for producing these three sounds. This custom has been since time immemorial and people believe that producing these three sounds drives away inauspicious forces from the household.

The three dhavanis can also be heard during the performance of pujas or worship in temples and also during other auspicious ceremonies like marriage and annaprasana or food taking ceremony for infants.

The dhavanis have a magnificent impact on the milieu during the dusk and other ceremonies and make people spellbound.

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