Rani Maring is a custodian of the ancient Khasi tradition, a way of life that was passed down to him by his parents and ancestors before them. His creations include everyday objects traditionally used in Khasi culture including in the kitchen, hunting and fishing implements and tools used for farming. These objects are sculpted and woven from fallen wood and bamboo found in the forests that surround him in Ri-Bhoi District. He also crafts traditional instruments that are used in ritualistic as well as celebratory and cultural practice. His repertoire both as a musician as well as an instrument maker includes an entire range of percussion, wind and stringed instruments. He patiently listens and tunes the material to meet the notes of ritual and rhythm, lending ‘soul’ to each instrument.
Bah Rani Maring as his community respectfully refers to him, lives history and culture in his everyday life. For decades, young and old academics and researchers as well as people in his community are drawn to him to learn and tap into his vast knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the sacred and the occult.
Each creation by Rani is an heirloom, a reminder of a way of life and living that has been forgotten and of ways that quite possibly will be forever lost.