Kongthong – the whistling village in Meghalaya among 3 India entries for UN’s ‘Best Village’
Guwahati: Located approximately 55 km from the hustle-bustle of Shillong, the capital of hilly Meghalaya in Northeast India, even further down from the main connectivity in Sohra, lies Kongthong, a village that offers a lot more than meets the eye.
Well known for its unique tradition of naming a child by a tune, Kongthong has caught the attention of many in the recent past. Apart from having a name like everyone else, their unique identity is their tune.
This unique village in Meghalaya in the East Khasi Hills has been selected as one of three India entries for the United Nationals World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) ‘Best Tourism Village’ contest.
The development was informed by chief minister Conrad Sangma. “#Meghalaya’s whistling village Kongthong is selected for entry to the @UNWTO ‘Best Tourism Village’ along with 2 other villages in the country,” Sangma tweeted.
The beautiful village is renowned for its natural bounty and for its unique tradition ‘Jingrwai Iawbei’. Under this tradition, a mother gives a tune or lullaby to her child within a week of birth like Eeooow or Ooeeo, etc. This tune becomes the kid’s identity.
What is more surprising is that the tunes never seem to have any similarities with any of the person in the village. Every tune is unique and is an identity of a particular child or person.
Along with Kongthong, Pochampally Village in Telangana and Ladhpura Khas village in Madhya Pradesh have also been nominated for the award.