JORHAT, Feb 20 – To showcase the ethnic culture of the Mising community, Auniati Satra has taken up an ambitious project to set up a cultural complex at Jengraimukh, Majuli.
A tribal museum, which is designed to preserve the distinguished features of the Mising tribe and to come up as a part of the project, will be the first of its kind in Assam.
“The Mising people who were once connected with the Satra culture of Assam are today drifting apart from the mainstream society. The museum is a part of the effort to reconnect the Mising community with the Satriya culture of Majuli,” says Dr Pitambar Dev Goswami, Satradhikar, Auniati Satra.
The Satradhikar has expressed his concern at the conversion of the Mising people into Christianity. Though, he said, he has no intention of hurting any religious sentiments and that every individual has the freedom of prcatising the religion of his or her own choice, still he feels that the Mising community should re-experience its connection with Vaishnavism.
The cultural complex would include a museum, a conference hall, a guest house resembling the architecture of the Mising tribe and would also house the traditional attire, the utensils and other traditional commodities of the Misings. The project would be built at Jengraimukh covering an area of 4 bighas and the land for the complex has been donated by a person belonging to the Mising tribe. Tea baron Hemendra Prasad Baruah is supporting the cultural complex financially, he informed.