Folk dancers of Arunachal perform Khamti dance during the World Tourism Day celebration at Arunachal University in Namsai.
The Tai Khamti are a sub-group of the Tai peoples found in the Hkamti Long region of Kachin state and Hkamti District of Sagaing Division of Myanmar. In India, they are found in Namsai district and Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh￼￼. Smaller numbers can be found in Lakhimpur district, Dhemaji district and Munglang Khamti village in Tinsukia district of Assam and possibly in some parts of China. According to the census of India (2011) the Khamtis have a population of 140,31, out of which 12,925 live in Arunachal Pradesh and 1,106 in Assam. However in Myanmar their total population is estimated at 200,000 people1. The tribe's name is also spelled Khampti by the Assamese.
The Tai Khamtis who inhabit the region around the Tengapani basin were descendants of migrants who came during the 18th century from the Hkamti region, the mountainous valley of the Irrawaddy. The Khamti possess South East Asian features.
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