Shillong, Sep 27: Rakesh Sinha a BJP Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) who has adopted Kongthong the ‘whistling village’ has stated that in the future, contact should be made with Kuşköy village in Turkey which has a similar tradition.
“We will make a comparison between them, how they are similar, how they are different. How long their tradition has been,” Sinha said at a gathering in Kongthong village on Monday.
Kuşköy is a village in Çanakçı district of Giresun province in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
The village is famous for its 400-year-old whistled language that is used by the local residents.
Sinha was in the village to inaugurate public toilets and also to lay a foundation stone for a check gate.
The Rajya Sabha MP also batted for the construction of a museum cum laboratory in Kongthong.
He said that the museum and lab should study the history of this tradition, its impact, the use of this tradition and how it perpetuated.
“I would contact various ministries including the tribal ministry and government of Meghalaya to open a museum and a laboratory,” Sinha added.
The Union Ministry of Tourism has nominated Meghalaya’s Kongthong, which is known as a “whistling or singing village” for the World Tourism Organization’s “Best Tourism Villages” award along with two other villages in the country.
Kongthong village, situated around 56 km from State capital Shillong is located in the Khat-ar Shnong area on way to Sohra (Cherrapunji) in East Khasi Hills district and has 125 households with a population of around 650.
What is unique about Kongthong village is that after a mother gives birth to a child, she composes a unique tune, locally called “jingrwai ïawbei” (song in honour of the root ancestress) which is used to call the child till he or she grows up.
Though there are no records of when this unique cultural practice started, the elders of the village said that the practice has existed since time immemorial and has carved a distinctive cultural identity for the village and its residents through the practice of the unique “jingrwai ïawbei”.