April 28, 2017

History of the Koch kingdom on Video

Assamese musician Joy Barua is working on a music video about the history of the Koch kingdom from the 16th to the mid-20th century. 

The yet-to-be-named video, directed by Indrajit Narayan Dev, a descendant of the Koch dynasty, has been shot in parts of Assam, north Bengal, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. 

“It has been a great experience to be part of the project. It was my wish to work on ethnicity. The Koch Rajbongshis have a very rich history with celebrated warriors and rulers”, Barua said.

The video will cover different parts of Assam including Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Gouripur and Majuli. In north Bengal, it will cover Cooch Behar, Madhupur, Jalpaiguri, Dinhatta bordering Bangladesh, banks of the Kosi river in Nepal and Chikanjhar forests bordering Bhutan.

Barua, now based in Mumbai, strongly feels that such initiatives will inspire youngsters to look at their history with pride. Despite evolving for centuries, the traditional culture has been rather overlooked. Narayan Dev said this video will work as an eye-opener for the government to work for the preservation of historical sites.

Featuring traditional Koch Rajbongshi folk music and culture, the track has been rendered by Joy Barua.


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