There are several tribes of Mizos who are a highly cultured, sociable and vibrant community.
Mizo folk music is distinctive and the songs are named after villages, tribes, heroes of the
tribes and also the composers of the songs.
The song you hear, “Awithangpa Tlawh Zai,” is named after its composer, Awithangpa, who
was born in 1887 in Kanghmun village. Awithangpa would compose beautiful verses praising
the village Maubuang and the chief of the village. People from afar would flock to visit the
famed Maubuang village, which was featured in many of Awithangpa's songs.
The performer, Zothanmawia, is a multi-folk instrumentalist and folk music instructor
based in Aizawl. Playing music from a young age, Zothanmawia is at the forefront of
preserving the rich folk music traditions of Mizoram, and appears regularly on All India
Radio and Doordarshan. Zothanmawai demonstrates the use of various Mizo folk
instruments such as Um Thin, Talh Khuang, Phenglawng, Lemlawi, Khuangte, Dar
Khuang and Bengbung.
Song - AWITHANGPA TLWAH ZAI
- Voice & Instruments - Zothanmawia
- Coordinator - Zodinsanga Pachuau