NORTH GUWAHATI, Dec 29 � The much-hyped cultural festival organised by Auniati Satra branch here in the pictureque North Guwahati river bank near the Holy Aswaklanta temple with a three-day programme to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the entire North-East, thereby trying to send home a message of love and unity among various ethnic groups of the region, was formally inaugurated at �Kamaldev Khetra� by the Satradhikar of Dakshinpat Satra in the meeting presided over by Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami, Satradhikar of Auniati Satra.
In this great cultural assemblage tinged with religious fervour, altogether 32 satradhikars and several religious personalities from both within and outside the country participated.
Earlier, the DC of Kamrup SK Roy, inaugurated the �Kamaldev Khetra� while Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami unfurled the religious insigne. An exhibition organised befitting the festival was declared open by the DC while the statue of former Satradhikar Hem Chandra Goswami was declared open for public view by Radha Bora, president of Haridev Sangha, Kamrup.
The formal inaugural meeting was presided by a spectacular samuhia naam paribeshon with 1,000 cymbals by the Satriya devoted singers which attracted the gathering.
In the meeting, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarmah, local MLA and State Cabinet Minister for Health and Education attracted the audience by his apolitical speech. In his speech he laid stress on following the path of love, amity and fostering goodwill to one and all as shown by the great saint, reformer Srimanta Sankardeva.
Earlier, before his speech, eminent lawyer and retired judge of the Supreme Court, Dr Mukundakam Sarmah, Kanaksen Deka, Bijoya Chakraborty MP, Dr Jitendra Nath Goswami and a few others addressed the mammoth gathering of several thousand people. In the meeting, the souvenir brought out on the occasion was released by Dr Lakshminandan Borah, ex-president of Asam Sahitya Sabha.
In the meeting prof Dr ND Sarmah of Indira Gandhi National Kalakendra and several research scholars also attended the meeting. Devotees and artistes from Lakhimpur, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh were observed camping here in various allotted places. Various naams numbering 32 are being presented. At night, dance and bhaonas were presented. During the following two days, more attractive cultural items including bhaonas would be presented.
Meanwhile, various Government departments, espicially, the PWD (Roads) and Transport have extended much-needed support to the mega cultural event. The main throughfares and link roads have been given a facelift, thereby conveniencing the vehicular traffic and pedestrians in general.