Monday, December 19, 2011

30th Annual Conference of the Langduk Anglong Sub-Circle and Silver Jubilee celebration of the Unitarian Church Jirikyndeng.

On the 17th and 18th of December 2011, the Unitarians in the Karbi Anglong District, Assam met at the Unitarian Church Jirikyndeng for the 30th Annual Conference of the Longduk Anglong Sub-Circle. The Meet also coincides with the celebration of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Unitarian Church Jirikyndeng which was established in the year 1986.

On Saturday the celebration started with the hoisting of the Longduk Anglong Sub-Circle flag followed by the unfurling the Jirikyndeng Silver Jubilee Celebration flag by the founder of the church ma Basa Timung.
A service was held in the Church and at the same time the booklet to commemorate the silver jubilee of the church was released by Sarsing Kathar.
On Sunday the 18th a morning prayer was held at the church premises and in the afternoon in the service in the presence of a large gathering, Karbi Unitarian new Hymnal was consecrated and released for church use by Rev. H.H.Mohrmen. It was a joyous occasion for the members of the Unitarian Churches in the Karbi Anglong District of Assam to have a new hymnbook. The new revised hymnbook is much bigger than the earlier hymnal and this is the second hymnbook of the Karbi Unitarians.
Credit for the new hymnbook goes to the leaders of the Karbi Churches which includes Johnsoh Kothar, (late) Horiwell Ingtih, ma B.S. Kothar, ma Chondro Singh Kro, ma Rajen Milik, Saringh S. Kathar, L.S. Kro, Biren S. Kathar, Mohon Singh Kathar, Ellisar Bongrung, Akehai Ra Ingtih, Klirtdap Ingtih and others.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Unitarian School in Karimganj, Assam

Karimganj is a small township in Assam south east of Shillong on another of India border with Bangladesh. The history have it that in the year 1947 when India attained its independence, on the 15 of August, Karimganj was part of East Pakistan then, but 24 hours later India reclaim Karimganj and since then the border township is part and parcel of India.

The population of the town is predominantly Bengalese and the District is also known as Karimganj District of Assam.  

In Karimganj town opposite to the Deputy Commission (Bungalow) residence there is a small school and the name of the school is Tiny Hearts English Medium School.

 The school was managed and run by Evelyn Smith a lone Unitarian in the entire District. The school was started as a play school (kindergarten) and it has now grown in leaps and bound. The School now has more than 300 students with 12 teachers and is one of the prominent schools in the town.

One of the student performing Cultural dance
Karimganj is about 170 kilometers away from Jowai the headquarter of Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya and because of the road condition the journey to the town is about 4 hours.  
Rev. C. Lyngdoh, Rev. Mohrmen with the teachers of the School.

Children of the School in their cultural dresses

I visited the school with Rev. Carlywell Lyngdoh and stayed overnight to enjoy a day with the students and teachers of the school. The school als organized an entertaining programme on the day and the item consisted of colourful Bengali cultural dance performed by the students of the school. We were mesmerized the the talents of the young students. 

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