Conversation with Robin Ngangom

In a conversation with the Editorial, Robin Ngangom offers his heartfelt opinion on various issues that matter to human lives today – from the dangers of climate change to the decadence of poetry and poetic audience. The following is a moderated version of the conversation: 

Q.  There is a strong presence of a poetic persona in your poems, a persona  that floats through lyrics, violent happenings, and autobiographical elements. The persona sometimes takes the form of an adult  remembering his childhood days  and at other times  a man that is consciously talking about his homeland from a faraway (at least metaphorically) place. If you had lived  in Manipur, would this persona have been different?  How would have your musings on violence appeared in that case?

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Kung Fu And Hustle

Filmmaker Kenny Basumatary talks about the fight to finish Local Kung Fu 2, the state of Assamese cinema and how being an actor-director is always an advantage

Films from Assam don’t really generate a conversation in national media other than the blink and miss appearances of Jahnu Barua’s continuous innings at the National Awards. But a little film, made on a paltry sum of Rs 1 lakh brought a welcome change in 2013. Kenny Basumatary’s Local Kung Fu pocketed extensive coverage not only because it managed to be a sound example of the indie wave, but also because it was a film that was exceedingly different from any other Assamese film. A slapdash mix of action, comedy, and romance, Local Kung Fu was a surprise hit in Assam, making Basumatary’s dream of being a legitimate filmmaker a tangible truth.

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