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Welcome to Basar, Arunachal Pradesh! The land of misty mountains, lush forests and a rich heritage of tribal history. Let your creativity take over in this hidden paradise of the east…
The GRK Basar Confluence 2017 celebrations will happen on 22 and 23 February.

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GRK

About GRK

Gumin Rvgo Kilaju (Guu`min Rvgoo Kw`laaju) in short GRK is an organisation founded by government employees and like-minded people of Basar area under West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh on 6th Dec’ 2012. It is an apolitical and non profit making organisation striving to get rid of the society from prejudice, socio-economic injustice, clan system etc and make it a better place to live. It aims to bring positive social changes to facilitate creation of economic avenues through social harmony and building an understanding with nature. It is working with the vision that if each household can change, the village can change and if each village can change the community can change and if each community can change then the state will change. Following are the broad objectives of GRK.

  1. To attain a society which will treat all as equals, where, we, our and us shall prevail over me, my and i.
  2. To conserve flora, fauna and marine lives and develop bonhomie with nature.
  3. To promote cleanliness & sanitation.
  4. To change our mindset and outlook and prepare ourselves to attract tourism for a sustainable economy.
  5. To encourage conversion of land and water based resources towards a sustainable income through organic farming, animal husbandry, fishery etc.
  6. To promote education and sporting culture.

As an institutional set up, there is central GRK committee and federal units of GRK in various villages with people from all field i/c panchayat leaderships as members. Basar Confluence – a festival being organised on 22nd  and  23rd Feb 2017 is conceived by GRK with motive of giving something back to the society and to showcase the tradition and culture of the people to the outside world. This would be a festival where the community would be involved in the organisation. The proceeds of the event shall be shared amongst the stakeholders i.e community, the villages, GRK central committee, organising committee and the event management group. The success of the event shall go a long way in promotion of progressive thought, universal brotherhood, synchronisation with ecology and nature.

Please log onto www.grkbasar.org for more details.

About Basar and Getting There

Basar

Basar is geographically located in the centre of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The indigenous tribe of the place is Galo, one of the 26 major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The climate here is sub-tropical with an average annual minimum temperature of 15°C.

How to reach Basar:  By road, nearest town in Assam is Silapathar under Dhemaji District, which is 95 Km away. Silapathar has double lane road connectivity with rest of the country. Basar has a single lane road connectivity as of now but the construction of double lane road to Basar is being undertaken. Silapathar is connected with broad gauge railways too. Nearest Airport is at Mohanbari, Dibrugarh, Assam. There are regular commercial flights on daily basis from Mohanbari to Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati etc.

IMPORTANT: All Indians require Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Foreigners require Protected Area Permit (PAP). Special arrangements of ILP will be made at the Likabali Gate to Arunachal Pradesh.

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The folk lore of the Yapoms
Basar has many places like Jolly, Chemchi-Chemte, Tako-Laglam and Here-Hada known to be the home of Yapom. According to Galo beliefs, Yapom or Yapom-Yaje are a kind of spirit which dwells in deep forests. Such forests are rarely visited by humans. Yapom cannot be seen by humans as their world is metaphysical in nature. These spirits are believed to have their own organisations akin to human beings and they too have their hierarchies and tribes. They organise marriage ceremonies, fight supremacy wars and protect their territories. The high and huge trees are their homes and the hanging vines and creepers their ladders. Wild animals like wild boars, deer and birds are believed to be reared by them.

They consider certain section of humans in their locality as their relatives and favour some hunters by granting wild animals and birds. But sometimes, when human beings venture deep into their territories and cause damage to the forests, hostility is created. They are known to  kidnap or punish such trespasser. When these Yapom-Yaje inflict punishment on humans, it is known as Yapom-Panam. In such cases, even death can occur. On the other hand, if the Yapom-Yaje wants to settle through negotiations, they kidnap the individual and confine them in a state of hallucination. This is called Yapom-Jonam.

Since ages, there are stories of such occurrences. Even today, Yapom Panam or Yapom Jonam incidents are reported. When such incidents occur, the village priest would predict through a chicken liver whether the individual who has vanished into deep forest has been kidnapped or killed by these spirits. If the chicken liver confirms Yapom-Jonam, the entire village male folk would set out in search. When located, the victim is forcefully pinned down to brought back to his or her senses through a priest’s chants. The victim is known to behaves differently, has a very strange body odour and avoids meeting people.

There are many stories of turf war or supremacy war between Yapoms. They fight and destroy each other’s territories. These wars become apparent through tornados or thunderstorms leading to complete devastation of parts of forests. Most stories related to Yapoms are seen through dreams of some Nyibo (priests). The priests also see it through their supernatural powers through Nyigre Honam- a ceremony where priests chant mantras while performing a rhythmic dance and invoke supernatural powers to communicate with metaphysical world. Thus it has been the practice of Galo people since ages to make some offerings to Yapoms through the Pombek ceremony before cutting down trees for cultivation, killing wild animals or settling in a new place. These offerings are mandatory to keep the Yapoms of that place in good humour and to appease them to avoid any conflict.

 

 

Welcome to Basar, Arunachal Pradesh! The land of misty mountains, lush forests and a rich heritage of tribal history. Let your creativity take over in this hidden paradise of the east…
The GRK Basar Confluence 2017 celebrations will happen on 22 and 23 February.

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basarconfluence@gmail.com
guminrvgokwlaju@gmail.com
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