EXPLORING THE NEXUS OF FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE IN NORTHEAST INDIA: A SOCIOCULTURAL ANALYSIS
ABSTRACT: The present study undertakes an analysis of the folklore, literature, and societal aspects of Northeast India. A comprehensive examination of the literature delves into the intricate interconnections between literature and folklore, the significance of literature in shaping cultural identity, and the impact of socioeconomic factors on both literary and folkloric genres. This study investigates the utilisation of folklore in Northeast Indian literature as a means of cultural preservation and addressing contemporary issues. This study also examines the ways in which literature facilitates intercommunal dialogue, fosters the construction of identity, and presents cultural representation through its critical examination of society standards. This study also investigates the manner in which literary adaptation serves to revitalise folklore and cultural legacies, as well as the influence of socio-political elements on the development of Northeast Indian literature. The examination of gender dynamics in literature serves as a means to question established gender conventions. This paper additionally examines the contribution of Northeast Indian literature to the broader national discourse by fostering comprehension of the region's distinct challenges and offering alternate viewpoints. This study emphasises the adaptability, diversity, and transformative power of Northeast Indian literature in its efforts to preserve cultural heritage, promote social reform, and revolutionise the literary landscape. The examination of the interplay between folklore, literature, and society aids in our understanding.