TAKING DAAKOR BOSON TO THE WORLD
Eclectic Northeast|March 2021
Two artists are using visually appealing artwork to spark conversations about Assam, and the region
Meeta Borah

For decades, artists have been using art to connect with audiences around the world. Not only that, meaningful and thoughtful artwork has also helped spark important discussions. For example, The Common Man by RK Laxman brought laughter to everyone reading the morning paper, but also drew attention to serious issues faced by the nation and its people. Art has always been a powerful tool, and now young talents Amalendu Kaushik and Maitri Das are using artwork to promote the region, its culture and heritage, to global audiences through their ‘Daakor Boson’ Facebook and Instagram page.

They recently collaborated with local artistes to document mystical spirits and creatures mentioned in Assamese folklore to introduce the same to audiences outside the region and also to remind the tech-savvy youth of the State of their rich heritage.

The Old and Wise Daak Purukh

Amalendu is a visual artist, animator, and filmmaker. A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, in Animation Film Design, he has been working as a 2D animator, and is currently based in Mumbai. A postgraduate in Literary and Cultural Studies from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Maitri is a theatre artist based in Guwahati. It was their shared fascination of the rich cultural heritage of Assam that brought them together.

‘We decided to create something that was not only rooted in Assam and its sensibilities, but also appealed to a global audience. Apart from adapting folklore stories, we wished to make sociopolitical commentaries on the affairs of the State and society. So, we thought who better than the age-old wise man to be doing that? Daak Purukh has, for centuries, guided the Assamese community through his Daakor Bosons and we thought that he would be a perfect medium for us to connect with the people. So we gave him a face, and added another character, Pitou (Daak Purukh’s umbrella) for comic relief.’

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