The Mising community (also known as Miris) is numbered somewhere around eight lakh in Assam and scattered in tiny pockets of Arunachal Pradesh. To provide a platform to the budding artistes and popularise the Mising songs, a filmmaker from Guwahati came up with an idea and Miri Wood came into being.
Miri Wood, a YouTube channel which was formed in March 2018 is trying to preserve the Mising culture through music and entertainment. A brainchild of filmmaker Miro Migom Pegu, a resident of Guwahati, Miri Wood, has shaped dreams of numerous Mising artistes who wanted a platform to showcase their talents.
Miri Wood, inspired by “Bollywood and Hollywood” describes itself to be “a channel to upgrade the Mising Entertainment Industry to the next level.” The channel has 38,500 subscribers and its popularity has increased manifold since the past year.
Speaking to Time8, Pegu said, “Miri Wood is a first-of-its-kind YouTube channel for the Mising community. We encourage every struggling artiste from our tribe be it in music, dance, drama, etc. This channel is a platform to make a name for themselves.”
The channel has published a total of 20 videos. The channel started its journey with a musical web series titled ‘Acoustica’. The first episode went live in April 2018 and it was a romantic ghazal, Bersa Bersala by Binod Pegu. ‘Acoustica’ has a total of 14 episodes and songs sung by upcoming musicians from the Mising community.
When asked about how Mising people are reacting to this new channel, Pegu said, “We recently concluded our first season on modern music and the response has been great. It has been a game-changer for us as well. We started with a zero budget policy which worked and the audience just loved the concept. The music pattern has changed, people now can differentiate between good and bad music.”
Speaking about future projects of Miri Wood, Pegu said that the plan is to focus more on the Mising folk culture. “We have projects lined up focused on folk culture music with a hint of modern music in it. We will start by December end this year,” added Pegu.
Apart from providing a platform to the artistes, Miri Wood also sells merchandise like t-shirts. “Our community is small. All the people out there might not understand our language but can appreciate our music. Good music is loved by all irrespective of language,” Pegu said.
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