Phu Ningding: A Living Legend

 Clar-et Ronghangpi
Clar-et Ronghangpi

Ranbir Kathar, also known as Phu Ningding (Warklung), is a well-known musical musician in Karbi Anglong who uses his tunes to reflect his tribe and culture. On December 25, 1972, he was born in the beautiful state of Dongkamukam to the EM (Executive Minister) of KAAC (Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council) Joysing Kathar and his wife Amphu Timung Phurapi (West Karbi Anglong).

Phu Ningding leads a courageous, spiritual, and meaningful life. Between 1981 to 1988, he attended Don Bosco School in Diphu. When the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) led the Karbi people's mass rebellion in 1989 for a distinct provision of Karbi Anglong, Phu Ningding joined the public in the campaign as well. He would sneak out of the hostel to participate in the committee's activities. He was expelled after school officials discovered that he only returned to the hostel late at night. But that didn't dampen his desire to advocate for a cause.

That is, until certain questions began to arise in his mind. He had a strong desire to learn more about the beginning, end, and everything in between of life. He began to wonder about the existence of man and why he was born as a karbi. In 1999, he relocated to a town called "Ningding" in search of answers and the truth. He was there for three days without food or water. However, he later stated that he did not find what he was looking for in that location. All he got was a sweet touch of the peaceful atmosphere out there. As a result, people began referring to him as "Phu Ningding," a name that is now well-known to everyone.

The audio album "Warklung" was heard all over the North East. Phu Ningding made significant contributions to the rise of Karbi Folk Art. All of his works had a sense of oneness that drew people together. He mastered the art of fingerstyle guitar. He attempted an online audition for a talent show in America, and his exceptional fingerstyle skills earned him a spot as one of the 25 contestants chosen worldwide. However, due to a lack of funds, he was unable to compete in America. Now, through his YouTube channel, “Phu Music India”  he shares his soulful art with people all over the world.

Phu Ningding cherished the concept of liberty for himself and his people. He kept looking for a reason to live until he found it, and now he's inspiring tens of thousands of people. He followed his heart, which is why he is where he is today; he is truly an inspiration to all.