Deo Langkhui

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Deo Langkhui
The Cover of Deo Langkhui
Author Rita Chowdhury
Country Assam, India
Language Assamese
Genre Novel on Tiwa community
Published 2005 Jyoti Prakashan, Guwahati
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 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]


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

The Gobha king reveals his chivalry by accepting Chandraprabha as a member of his kingdom. In the Gobha 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]

A Sketch Of A Great Tiwa King "Jongal Balahu"

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]



  • Chandraprobha/Konchari: Chandraprabha is the queen of Pratapsingha, banished by him to the Gobha king for she had made merry with the latter. In Gobha 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 Gobha 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 be born from Chandraprabha.
  • Jongal Balahu (Jakangka), the son of Arimatta and Gangawati and the husband of Xukumola .
  • Arimatta
  • Gangawati
  • Ratnasingha
  • Lakhaitara
  • Fa Badacha
  • Xukumola
  • Ratnawali
  • Dhaneswar
  • Samol


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]


  1. ^ a b c Saikia, Samiran. "Between the lines". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Awards listings". Sahitya Akademi, Official website.
  3. ^ "Chowdhury, Narzary given Akademi award". The Assam Tribune. 18 February 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. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-22.