Deo Langkhui

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Deo Langkhui
Deu-langkhui.jpg
The Cover of Deo Langkhui
Author Rita Chowdhury
Country Assam, India
Language Assamese
Genre Novel
Publisher Jyoti Prakashan, Guwahati
Publication date
2005
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 416

Deo Langkhui (The Divine Sword) is an Assamese novel written by Dr Rita Chowdhury. The book unveils some important aspects of then-contemporary Tiwa society and a series of their customs and traditions. The novel is based on historical evidence of then Tiwa kingdom, but the main protagonist is the royal lady Chandraprabha, queen of Pratapchandra. The book is a detailed account of the time of then Assam. It is full of romance, conflict, betrayal, aggression and loyalty. The novel can be read as a fantastic story, as a historical novel, or as an epic.[1]

Deo Langkhui brought its author the Sahitya Akademi Award for Assamese, by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The story is about the life-struggle of Chandraprabha, the banished queen of king Pratapsingha. She was sent to the Gova kingdom for she made merry with the Gova king in the Jonbeel Mela.

The Gova king reveals his chivalry by accepting Chandraprabha as a member of his kingdom. In the Gova kingdom, Chandraprabha makes herself familiar with the customs of the people. She even changes her name to Konchari, a Tiwa name. Starting from Chandraprabha, the story goes until her great grandson and, thus, in between there are many characters who are fairly rich in their own qualities.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The writer's approach[edit]

The writer has shown dexterity in depicting all the characters, their actions, inner conflicts, etc., and gives a message that sex and beauty are not the root of all relations. Besides, she gives a detailed account of that time of Assam. She throws light on social, cultural and some other important aspects its history. She refers to Jonbeel Mela, a symbol of union between the eastern Assam and Western Assam, which becomes a place for exchanging merchandise and a place for exchanging hearts. Through the writer’s dexterity of descriptive power, the novel delves into the readers’ mind like a vivid picture, meticulously reflecting all the aspects of every incident.[1]

Kingdoms[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Chandraprobha/Konchari: Chandraprabha is the queen of Pratapsingha, banished by him to the Gova king for she had made merry with the latter. In Gova kingdom Chandraprobha is highly respected by the subjects and she makes familiar herself with its customs and traditions and changes her identity to Konchari.
  • Pratapsingha/Mayamatta
  • Xadhukumar, the Gova king, is an exceptional character with boundless respect for women. He gives shelter to Chandraprabha with immense respect. He even never married with a view to give the throne to the child who is yet to born from Chandraprabha.
  • Jongal Balahu
  • Arimatta
  • Gangawati
  • Ratnasingha
  • Lakhaitara
  • Fa Badacha
  • Xukumola
  • Ratnawali
  • Dhaneswar
  • Samol

Awards[edit]

Rita Choudhury won the Kolaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha Award in 2006[3] and Sahitya Akademi Award in 2008 for this much-acclaimed novel.[4][5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Saikia, Samiran. "Between the lines". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Awards listings". Sahitya Akademi, Official website. 
  3. ^ "Chowdhury, Narzary given Akademi award". The Assam Tribune. February 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Awards for Choudhury, Narzary". 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  5. ^ Editor, Assam Times (2008-12-23). "Sahitya Academy award to 2 Assamese litterateurs". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  6. ^ Bhattacharjee, Subhamoy (2009-01-26). "Royal allowance to community kings of Assam". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Literary feats lauded". The Assam Tribune. December 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-22.