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Kuli Calling


The Asian variety of the Cuckoo known to the world by its Hindi name Koel. In the Assamese language it is called Kuli. In the Guwahati city capital of the Assam state of India, this bird is there in significant numbers. Guwahati is one of the many cities of the world where there is abundance of greenery, being dotted with large number of trees in its residential quarters. There is a presence of a large number of urban wildlife. The Kuli bird is prominent amongst them. The bird gets two things needed for its breeding and survival here. First there are sufficient trees to provide them with food. Second, the Kuli bird is a brood parasite, meaning it lays eggs in the nest of other birds. The male of the Kuli and the young ones have black colour, they therefore choose to lay their eggs in birds with black colour. The most common brood host bird is the Common Crow, which is present in large numbers in Guwahati city. They also lay eggs in the nest of the Thick Billed Crow, a type of Raven, found less commonly in Guwahati. Another less common brood host bird, is the Hill Myna, which is present in some localities of Guwahati. The Kuli bird is well known for its cooing call, which the male of the Kuli emits in the mating season. The mating season starts with the beginning of the spring season in Assam. In the spring season the Assamese people celebrate the Bohag or Rongali Bihu festival, the main festival of this nationality. The festival takes place in mid-April, in the beginning of the Assamese month of Bohag. The Kuli bird with its characteristic calling therefore finds an important place of reference in Assamese literature and music, since times immemorial.

  • Dr Satyakam Phukan
  • Dr Satyakam Phukan
  • Ri-Mita Bolsabi
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    nature, urban ildlife, birds, ethnography & music
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
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  • Kolkata International Micro Film Festival - imffkolkata
    February 22, 2022
    Best Documentary in National Category
Director Biography - Dr Satyakam Phukan

Name : Dr Satyakam Phukan

Gender : Male

Education qualification : MBBS, MS (General Surgery)

Additional qualification : Diploma in Computer programming

Profession : General Surgeon, actively practising at Guwahati city, Assam, India.

Other interests : Research in Ethno-Linguistics, Writing , Photography, Film making, Social Service

Publications : Website

Ecossais, The Khasi Saga

Tonkori, Affinities of the Ainu Language of Japan with Assamese and some other languages

Filmography : The Policeman's Museum (2016)

Garbage Bin Meals (2016)
2nd Best Documentary for the month of May 2017, 12Months Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Best Documentary in Omichka International Film Festival held in December 2017, Omsk , Russia

Great Wall of Guwahati (2017)
3rd Best Documentary for the month of July 2017, 12Months Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Mother's Gurdwara (2017)
Best Direction Award , Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Pune, India, Dr Satyakam Phukan as Director and Raphael Warjri as Cinematographer, jointly.


MEKURI (2018)


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Director Statement

The world of birds is simply fantastic, beautiful creation of the providence.