SREE RESHMI R.
PG STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,
AMRITA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM, AMRITA UNIVERSITY, INDIA
Mamang Dai’s is one of the most powerful and sincere creative voices emerging from the Northeast India. Her literary oeuvre reveals the glory of her homeland, the pristine beauty of its natural landscape, the rich and varied culture, tribal folklore and the splendid oral tradition of the region. The Adi community to which she belongs, their animistic faith, their traditions and rituals feature in her poems. Myth and reality intermingle to create the mystic world of spirits in her poems. Dai is a non-objective chronicler of contemporary Northeastern reality. Even as she speaks of the mesmerizing beauty of Arunachalee landscape, the all pervasive force of Nature which is also the abode of spirits, she is aware that the same landscape and Nature now stand marred by violence and bloodshed. The paper attempts to explore the reality of life for the people of Northeast India, particularly Arunachal Pradesh as represented in the poems of Mamang Dai. The poems selected for the study include “Remembrance”, “Birthplace”, “The Wind and The Rain”, “An Obscure Place” and “Gone”.
Key Words: Nature, Myth, Memory, Insurgency.