GAURIPUR, April 7 - Brisk preparations are on to celebrate the Besma festival, the biggest agricultural festival of the Rajbongshi community at the Maharaj Naranarayan Kshetra with a three-day colourful programme from April 14 to 16.
A celebration committee covering the greater Gauripur area was formed for the purpose with Jyotish Chandra Ray, Dr Panchanan Das, Krishna Kanta Ray, Manas Chakravarty, Prabhash Ray, Manoj Kumar Ray, Parajit Ray, Victor Ray and Mridul Ray as president, working president, vice-presidents, general secretary and assistant general secretaries respectively.
Besides sports competitions, Rajbongshi folk song competition in memory of Madhu Sudan Ray, Rajbongshi folk dance in memory of Malati Bala Ray, �Rajbongshi koina� competition in memory of Deben Chandra Ray and �Besma Sundari� competition in memory of Ramesh Chandra Ray and Angamayee Ray will be held. A souvenir will also be released to mark the occasion. A cultural evening in memory of Maharaj Naranarayan will be held where local and invited singers from outside the district are expected to take part.