Jingrwai Lawbei

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Jingrwai Lawbei

News: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha on Thursday presented his development report on Kongthong village in
Meghalaya, India’s only whistling village, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence.

Instructions – You can use such unique examples of traditions in India, efforts made to revive them and make them relevant.

 The village was adopted by the MP under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

 Kongthong is located in the East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya and is popular as the ‘whistling village’ due to its unique tradition of ‘Jingrwai Lawbei’ under which mothers create a tune for their newborns.
 These tunes are often used as names. Kongthong people belong to the Seng Khasi Tribe and speak Khasi language. According to Census 2011, the village has a population of 567, out of which 275 are males and 275 are females, and a literacy rate of 55%.

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