Category: Culture

Assam’s little-known feminist collective which pushed for fixed meal times, women’s leisure

Northeast Lightbox shines the light on Assam’s little-known feminist history by documenting the story of the Tezpur Mahila Samiti  One morning in July 1948, a group of women convened somewhere in the quaint riverside town of Tezpur in central Assam. They met often but the outcome of this meeting was unlike any other: a stream […]

A village, a girl and the road to Oscars

Dohgaon Kalardiya is just another village in Assam, with a cast of dreamers and doers. Now, one filmmaker and a band of children are telling its story to the world. When they first saw the boys from the neighbouring village “make music” with a guitar made of thermocol at a school function, Manabendra Das and […]

There is no movie theatre in Mizoram—but Mizo films thrive

Bereft of a single movie theatre, how Mizoram produces and consumes its films: loud speaker announcements, door-to-door ticket sales, dubbing and directors who double up as producers, distributors and even actors In Mizo, the word tlangau means local announcement. And every evening, in the neighbourhoods of hilly Aizawl, a tlangau blares out from loud speakers, […]

A group of Nagas is leading India’s first overseas ancestral remains repatriation efforts

Comes after Pitt Rivers Museum in England engaged in an “ethical review” of their permanent displays, with a bid to “decolonise” their collections On September 14, 2020, the Pitt Rivers Museum in England’s Oxford made a landmark announcement. In a post-pandemic overhaul of its collection, the iconic museum — one of the best-known in the […]