A group of Asur youngsters at the Kalkut Buno Basti

Dooars: A group of half a dozen women—from a teenage girl to a sexagenarian—dance to the tune of a melodious folk song, accompanied by foot-tapping beats of the tumda and tamak—two kinds of tribal drums. No, the women are not rehearsing for the upcoming Durga Puja celebration. They are from the Asur tribe and the song-and-dance routine is an impromptu performance to showcase their endangered culture to this writer. 

The women, residents of the Kalkut buno Basti or Kalkut tribal village—an Asur settlement on the......

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