KHASIS RYNDIATHE OTHER NAME OF ASSAMESE ERI
Northeast Today|March 2021
I was hearing the sound of a stringed pluck instrument indistinctly from the side of the hills. The rhythmic adjuncts of Ryndia made it all musically driven.
Kamal Baruah

The sweetness of the sound from the Dotara (two-stringed plucked instrument) with old lady’s melody brings back my memory of youthful days. The lizard skin that covered the bowl-shaped resonator produced monophonic effect (drones) at my stilt house. It is actually a video “Ryndia – the ancient story of weaving” from the Deptt of Textile, Govt of Meghalaya uploaded on a social networking site by our own proud social activist Patricia Mukhim.

People of lower Assam (Kamrup and Goalpara) predominantly played Dotara for folk music so does with neighboring Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya, West Bengal, Bihar, and Bangladesh too. Despite geographical boundaries, we resemble a sense of cultural similarity with ethnic heritage. I listened carefully with English subtitles saying a tale about the thread that makes a wonderful story. Ryndia is the thread of life and rhymes of Umden-DiwonEri peace silk village of Meghalaya. In Assam, it is concentrated in Palasbari, Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Udlaguri. The shades of exquisite folds of Eri silk glorified the ancient times of such organic beauty to behold.

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