Popular rapper from Tripura, Borkung Hrangkhawl, has been making music that highlights the issues faced by the indigenous people of the State. His music gives listeners food for thought as he often sings about pertinent issues like racism and discrimination faced by the people of the region.
For the upcoming Assembly elections, Borkung has collaborated with several artistes from the region to release a track that represents the wishes and desires of the indigenous tribes of Tripura. He says, ‘Through music, we would like to urge them (whichever government comes to power) that our rights should not be neglected.’
Elections in Tripura are due on February 18 and there are several reports doing the rounds that the Left Front may finally lose its hold. Tripura has been ruled by the Left since 1978 with only a five-year break in between 1988 and 1993 when a Congress-led coalition ruled. The current Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar, has been in power since 1998, making him one of the longest running state CMs in the country. About who will take the win, the rapper shares, ‘Anything might happen, and I really can’t predict, but whoever comes to power must look into the fact that there is disharmony among the many tribes in the State and they should work towards uniting the people.’
Borkung, who has delivered hits such as The Roots (Chini Haa), Never Give Up and The Journey, likes to rap in English. For this upcoming track, Borkung has collaborated with various other talented artistes from the region namely Aben (Shubhajit Rajkumar), a pop-rock artiste; Parmita Reang, pop singer; Nuai, alternative/post hardcore artiste; and Zwing Lee, hip-hop artiste. The producer of the track is Ina, who belongs to an Electronic-Dance-Music (EDM) background. ‘We’re all artistes from Tripura and we have come together for this track. I guess we all want our rights as Tripuris, somehow that has been ignored,’ he adds.
In the past, Borkung who is also popularly known as BK, has collaborated with Indo-British rapper Taran Kaur Dhillon (Hard Kaur). When I asked him whether he is based in Tripura now, he stated that he is mostly going to be based out of his home State but would be traveling outside for shows.
Written by Sanskrita Bharadwaj
Photo: Borkung Hrangkhawl’s Facebook Page