GAURIPUR, April 19 � Besma, the new year festival of the Rajbangshi community was observed with a three-day programme from April 14 to 16 last at the Maharaj Naranarayan Samanmay Kshetra at Gauripur.
On the first day of the auspicious festival organised by the greater Gauripur Besma celebration committee, the flag of the Besma was hoisted by Sabuj Chakrabarty, president of the celebration committee. It was followed by garlanding on the portrait of Bir Chilaray and �Swahid Tarpan�. Various sporting items, including athletics, recitation of poems, art, folk dance, folk-song in memory of Kamini Kumar Barman, Deben Chandra Ray and Madhusudan Ray were also organised.
The open meeting and the prize distribution function which were held under the presidentship of Sabuj Chakraborty was attended by Dr Dwijen Bhakat, MLA, BK Mushahary, Ambikagiri Hajowary, Jitendra Nath Prodhani, president of Asam Sattra Mahasabha, and a few others.
They in their short speeches called upon the community to celebrate their important festival with sincerity and devotion. Jitendra Nath Prodhani released the souvenir Besma Re and appreciated the efforts of the celebration committee for publishing such an important document by highlighting the various aspects of the festival.
An attractive cultural evening in memory of Maharaj Narananarayn was also organised and was participated in by local and invited troupes of dancers and singers.