GUWAHATI, March 16 � In keeping with its efforts to promote the cultural treasure trove of the state, the Directorate of Cultural Affairs is organising Mahabahu Utsav from March 17 at Sonaram HS School Playground here.
Addressing media persons here on Monday, Bibekananda Choudhury, director, cultural affairs said that the three-day extravaganza will showcase the way of living of the ethnic communities through display of handloom, handicraft, agricultural tools, ethnic food, etc. The event will also have generous dose of music, dance and performing folk arts.
�This time the theme of the festival is Peace through culture and creativity,� said Choudhury, adding that the event will provide entertainment to all section of the population including the kids.
The highlight of the first day will be opening of the exhibitions, screening of films, laser animation show, a folk fusion, etc.
The second day will feature film screening, workshops, a tribute to the musical legends, performance by folk artistes with different ethnic background, etc.
The concluding day will entertain spectators to Sattriya dance, performance by new generation of singers, Bihu dance, apparel show etc.
The star attraction of the programme is singer Kalpana Patowary who is slated to entertain Guwahatians in the evening of March 17. Zubin Garg will perform in the evening of March 19 and a galaxy of actors from the Assamese film industry will feather on March 18.
�This event will be a platform for the various ethnic communities of the state to highlight their vibrant culture,� said Choudhury, mentioning that the way of living of all ethnic communities is distinctive and the Mahabahu Utsav is going to provide a glimpse into their colourful culture.
On the other hand, the event, according to Choudhury, is going to introduce the young generation, particularly the urban children to the life style of rural Assam. �We are confident the exhibitions will definitely attract the young people and make them aware about their tradition,� he said.