“Okora Nogake Bhinihi matilu Majuni Oi.” The All Assam Naga Welfare Society (AANWS) an organization of the Naga people living in Assam strongly condemns the singer for a song performed at the Bihu World Record event.
A song during Bihu celebrations opposed by Naga community
The AANWS stated the song, okora Nogake bhinihi buli matilu majoni oi performed by Bihu exponent Ranjit Gogoi has hurt the sentiments of the Naga people. AANWS president Shompha Wangsu and general secretary Manto Konyak stated, “We condemn the song performed by artist Ranjit Gogoi in the event to create the Guinness Book of World Records. The song has humiliated the Naga communities.”
Besides AANWS, other Naga civil societies or organizations, including community-based organised councils and student bodies have also sharply reacted to the song. Assam is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state where every ethnic group is conscious of its own identity and culture.
Demand for an apology
AANWS President Shompha further stated, “Ten indigenous Naga communities with a 2.5 lakh population have been living in 11 districts of Assam since time immemorial. We are an integral part of Greater Assamese society and culture. We really feel proud to be a part of this society, but most of the time, we are facing discrimination and negligence in different ways. So we, all the indigenous Naga communities of Assam, are strongly against such derogatory lyrics and defaming our community.” The AASW also demanded an apology from artist Ranjit Gogoi for the song and without which, “Otherwise, we will be compelled to take legal recourse as well,” was stated.
What is All Assam Naga Welfare Society?
The All Assam Naga Welfare Society (AANWS) is a social welfare organization that works for the welfare of the Naga people in Assam. The organization was established to address the grievances of the Naga people and to promote their social, economic, and cultural development. The AANWS works to provide education, healthcare, and other basic amenities to the Naga people in Assam. The organization also works to promote the Naga culture and traditions and to preserve the Naga heritage.
Record-breaking Bihu in Guwahati
This year, Assam’s biggest cultural festival, Bihu, made it to the coveted Guinness Book of World Records. A total of 11,304 young girls and drummers performed the “largest Bihu performance in a single venue” to create two Guinness Book of World Records at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati on April 13, 2023. The event was performed for 15 minutes and was witnessed by a large audience.
The previous largest gathering of Bihu dancers at one place was 500, according to the official adjudicator of Guinness World Records, Rishi Nath. The Bihu dance is a traditional folk dance of Assam and is performed during the Bihu festival, which is celebrated in mid-April every year. The Bihu dance is performed by young men and women, who dance to the beats of the dhol, pepa, and other traditional musical instruments.
According to the search results, the Bihuperformance lasted for approximately 15 minutes. The actual performance was only around 15 minutes long, but the logistics involved were massive, beginning with the selection of the artists and the preparation of the venue. The performance was held at the Sarusajai Sports complex in Guwahati on April 13, 2023, and was witnessed by the authorities of the London-headquartered Guinness Book of World Records.
The Bihu festival is an important cultural event in Assam and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. The world record created by the Bihu dance performance is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Assam and is a matter of pride for the people of Assam.