We spoke to Karbi community elder Mr. D.S. Teron who has been self-sponsoring research on the Karbi language and the culture.The audio recording and additional research were made by Subhashish Panigrahi and all the content and metadata are released under multiple Creative Commons licenses which requires proper attribution though the access and use/reuse are allowed based on the license type. Check individual file description for the licenses.
Karbi listen (Arleng or Mikir) language is spoken by 420,000speakers
spread across North-East Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh,
Meghalaya and Nagaland and is one of the vulnerable languages of South
Asia as identified by UNESCO. Karbi is grouped under the “Mikir languages” which itself is part of the 50-odd-languages that are known as the Kuki-Chin language grouplisten or simply known as Kukish languages. The last known census was in 2001
and the number of speakers might have increased by now but there are
only a handful of people that are working for reviving the language.
D.S. Teron is one of them—he is a veteran and is a full time
self-sponsored researcher based in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam. He belongs to the Kur clan of the Karbi people which is one of the five Karbi clans—Terang, Teron, Enghee. Ingti and Timung.
We had a candid conversation with Mr. Teron to learn about the
folklore, folk songs, local festivals and traditional games from him.
The Karbi elders have been historically great storytellers, be it while
recounting the past of deceased family members through Mosera Kihir, or the wailing songs of Kecharhe remembering the dead.