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Kecharhe Alun: Annotated Transcription and Translation of the Karbi Oral Epic
This upcoming book is a full transcription, translation, and musical annotation of the Kecharhe Alun funeral epic in Karbi Anglong, Assam, recorded by a team led by Michael Heneise and Dharamsing Teron in 2017, funded by the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research. Performed from memory, the Kecharhe Alun is the most significant, and longest (several days) single piece of chanted poetry in the Karbi oral literature repertoire, though it has never been thoroughly studied, or properly recorded, transcribed, or archived until now. As the indigenous Karbi population of Assam, numbering 419,534 (2001 India Census), is scattered throughout Eastern and Western Karbi Anglong districts in Assam, regional variations in the epic exist. Moreover, both the gender and social status of the deceased person are also important factors, and entail additional variations in the narrative. Thus, the book features an ‘authoritative’ version, based on level of detail, quality, and complexity, and documents variations as annotations to the fully articulated and musically notated single version.