The Misings folk song ‘Oi-Ni:tom’- An Overview

Raghunath Kagyung


Oi-Ni:tom is the most popular song of Mising society. Love and yearning is the foundation of

Oi-Ni:tom. This songs are sung by all sections of the Mising community. Folk literature of Misings can be broadly divided in to four categories: Folk Tale, Proverb, Riddle and Folk Song. Their folk songs can be described the five broad headings- i) Formal based folk song (Song of devotional and festival), ii) Song of Conversation, iii) Love Song, iv) Song of Lamentation and v) Lullaby and Nursery song. The main subject matter of Oi-Ni:tom is the remembrance of love. Oi-Ni:tom is the poetical expression of feelings and emotions of Misings youths and girls. Pain and Sadness are the another theme of Oi-Ni:tom.


North – India, North East India; Mising; Folk Song; Oi-Ni:tom

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