Here is an exclusive photography album of Mech Kachari’s girls dancing their traditional folk dance during Bohag Bihu at Naharkatia in Dibrugarh district of Assam on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
“Mech tribe which is one of the scheduled tribes of India belongs to Kachari group of tribes. Mech is the name given to the Bodo tribe by others. They belong to Mongoloid race and speak mainly Bodo language, which is a Tibeto-Burman dialect but have got influenced by the Assamese language. The Mech people live in the Dooars region of West Bengal and a large number of Mech tribe is found in Assam (Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Kamrup). The name Mech is supposed to be derived from the Mechi River in the Terai region. According to a belief, some ancestors of these people had resided in the region adjoining the Mechi River and subsequently they were named as Mech. “