Kurung Kumey district

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Kurung Kumey district
District of Arunachal Pradesh
Location of Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh
Location of Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh
Country India
State Arunachal Pradesh
Headquarters Koloriang
Population (2011)
 • Total 89,717[1]
 • Literacy 50.7%[1]
 • Sex ratio 1029[1]

Kurung Kumey district (Pron:/kʊˈɹʌŋ kʊˈmi/) is one of the 20 districts of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, with its district headquarters in Koloriang.

Origin of name[edit]

The name of this district is derived from the Kurung and the Kumey, the two principal rivers which flow through it. According to myth the Kurung and the Kumey rivers were two sisters; during the age of marriage Kurung eloped without prior permission from her parents and Kumey got married according to her parents' wishes. Therefore, the Kurung flows with a violent roar and ashy colour because her parents shouted and threw ashes after her, while the Kumey flows silently and clearly.


The territory occupied by the present district became part of the North East Frontier Tracts in 1914. In 1954, it became part of Subansiri Frontier Division, which was later renamed as Lower Subansiri district. On 1 April 2001, this district was created by bifurcating Lower Subansiri district.[2]


The following are the Sub-Divisions and circles of Kurung Kumey district:

There are two Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly constituencies in this district: Nyapin, and Koloriang. All of these are part of Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.[3]


According to the 2011 census Kurung Kumey district has a population of 89,717,[4] roughly equal to the nation of Seychelles.[5] This gives it a ranking of 617th in India (out of a total of 640).[4] The district has a population density of 15 inhabitants per square kilometre (39/sq mi) .[4] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 111.01%.[4] Kurung Kumey has a sex ratio of 1029 females for every 1000 males,[4] and a literacy rate of 50.67%.[4] Hiya village under Nyapin circle is the largest village of Kurung Kumey district in terms of geographical area and human population. The main tribes inhabit the district are Nyishi, Bangru, and Puroik. Bangru as a distinct cultural and linguistic group is hardly known by outsiders; who still consider them as part of Nyishi tribe. But according to recent researches, they are distinct group with different language and origin from Nyishi. They are considered to be more similar with Miji (Sajolang) of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in terms of their language and traditional customs.


  1. ^ a b c "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Assembly Constituencies allocation w.r.t District and Parliamentary Constituencies". Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh website. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison: Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Seychelles 89,188 July 2011 est. 
  • Ramya, T. (2011). An Ethnographic Studies of Bangrus of Kurung Kumey District, Arunachal Pradesh. MPhil Dissertation, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University.

Ramya(2012). The Bangrus of Arunachal Pradesh: An Ethnographic Profile. International Journal of Social Science Tomorrow, 1 (3), pp. 1-12.

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Coordinates: 27°54′N 93°21′E / 27.900°N 93.350°E / 27.900; 93.350