Deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varman in Tripura University on Thursday 

Agartala: Tripura deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Thursday released the Kokborok feature film, Kwtham Kothama, which is based on three famous indigenous folk tales of Tripura — Nuai, Chetuang and Kkuchuk Kherengbar — in Tripura University auditorium.

Speaking after releasing the film, Dev Varma said that folk tales are not new to him since he has worked in film-making during his college days in the 1980s.

“I remember way back in 1980s, I was working with a cultural organisation and that time I had worked with folk tales. We find the history of the people in folk tales. The folk tales occupy a special place in our society. The word ‘folk’ stands for a community having common tradition,” Dev Varma told the students of the varsity.

Dev Varma believes that Rajamala, which is a chronicle of the Kings of Tripura, is a heritage.

“During the era of Maharaja Dhannya Manikya, in the 16th century, the ‘Raj Chantai’ or the head priest of the royal family used to narrate the story of the kings of the state to the Bhaneswar and Supeswar, who were the scholars during that time, and wrote them in Sanskrit. The name of the book was Raj Ratnakaran, which was later translated into Bengali and named Rajmala,” he said.

Dev Varma also announced that his government has decided to organize ‘Science film Festival’ which will be held in the state in March.

Speaking with EastMojo, director of the film, Sunil Kalai, said, “Kwtham Kothoma is nothing but a film based on the three famous indigenous folk tales of Tripura, namely Nuai, Chetuang and Kkuchuk Kherengbar, that are part and parcel of folk culture and tradition of every household in the state. This film is a celebrated narrative of the simple yet enchanting cultural and linguistic fabric of the Kokborok society of the state.”

Kalai is also an assistant professor in the department of journalism and mass communication in the university.

Kalai took two years’ time to completing the film. It is being produced by Tripura University in collaboration with the Tribal Research and Cultural Institute.

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