IMPHAL, November 8: A book titled “The Zeliangrong Social System and Culture” written by Chaoba Kamson was released at Lamyangba Shanglen, Konung Lampak here today.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function N Joykumar Singh, Retd Professor (MU) said that the best books are those which gives new information which were unknown to the people.
Looking into that angle he further said that “The Zeliangrong Social System and Culture” authored by Chaoba Kamson is also one of the best books not only for the people of Zeliangrong and the State but the entire NorthEast India.
The reason why it is one of the best books is because the writer himself is thorough about the subject and also he is one of the participatory of the subject he is writing, N Joykumar Singh added.
Lanbilung Gonmei, Associate Professor, Imphal College who also attended the book released function said that ‘let this book be the stepping stone for Zeliangrong people in particular and also for the people of NorthEast in general’.
Delivering a few words by the author, Choaba Kamson stated that the book was published based on available literatures and outcomes of interview from the village elders.
The book contains eleven chapters on the origin of Zeliangrong and culture, religion, festivals, totems, marriage institution, traditional institution, traditional drum beating, formation of religious organisation etc.
The author also lamented that the books published on Zeliangrong are less in number as compare with the other communities of Manipur.
The reason behind is due to limited market plus lack of co-operation from Zeliangrong people he added.
Dr Budha Kamei, Post Doctoral Fellow (ICHS) and Dr Kamei Sanjit, Post Doctoral Fellow (UGC) also delivered their speech regarding the book.
The function was also attended by Dr Lamalu Thaimei, Deptt of Adult Continuing Education and Extension, MU, Akham Gonmei, Former president All Zeliangrong Students’ Union Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.