[Assam] Rongali Bihu celebrated at Silchar
Pradip Kumar Datta
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Wed May 16 00:35:27 PDT 2007
Rongali Bihu celebrated at Silchar
>From Partha Sarkar
SILCHAR, May 15 Bihu dominates the cultural landscape of the entire State and this was reflected in Silchar town also on May 12 and 13. Bihu is being organised in Silchar town since 1950.
On the first day, the flag of the utsav was hoisted by Satyen Gogoi, president of celebration committee, which was followed by inauguration of cultural programme by Gautam Ganguli, DC, Cachar, Assam. On the first day there were lots of competitions in which people of the entire district participated. On May 12 evening the souvenir was release by eminent poet of this valley Aparupa Biswas. Anuradha Bharali and Debraj with his team from Guwahati participated in this festival.
In his presidential address Satyen Gogoi said that it was a great moment for us that Bihu festival is being organised after lots of hindrances. Bihu is the pride of the Assamese people and it should be a part of Silchar town.
There is no difference between Barak Valley and the Brahmaputra Valley, otherwise Debojit Saha of Saregamapa fame could not have own. He further said that Bihu is a secular festival and all should come forward to be a part of this festival.
Karuna Thakuria, secretary of Rongali Bihu festival committee in Silchar said that there were lots of problems in organising this festival. But we have overcome all problems. Last year there was a small programme, this year it is a big and next year it will be grand programme, Thakuria said.
Dignitaries, such as Dinesh Prasad Goala, Minister for Urban Development and Bithika Dev, MLA and chairperson of Silchar Municipal Board, etc., were present. There were several competitions like Bihugeet, Bongeet, Bahi Badan, Gagana Badan, etc.
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