NARAYANPUR, Feb 15 � The seven-day Sadou Asom Ankiya Bhaona Naat Samaroh, which was held at the Sri Sri Padma Ata Bedda Satra of Narayanpur, concluded recently.
The Samaroh began with the banti prajalan by Kanta Deva Goswami of Padma Ata Bedda Satra, while the guru ashan was installed by Bhadra Kanta Goswami, Satradhikar of Belaguri Satra.
The naam prasanga was followed by the hoisting of the religious flag by Biswa Borah, ex-president-in-charge of the Asam Sahitya Sabha. The performance of khol-taal by 501 gayan bayan artistes was followed by Sali Nritya by 101 artistes which attracted the audience.
A seminar on �Past and present of Ankiya Bhaona� was held which was inaugurated by Dr Arun Goswami and conducted by Narayan Chandra Deva Goswami. Dr Prabin Saikia, head of the Assamese Department of the Bihpuria College, and Khagen Sarmah of the Jagiroad College took part as resource persons in the seminar. Each resource person talked about literature, language and culture left behind by the people of greater Assam.
A meeting was later held under the chairmanship of Bhupen Bora, MLA, which was inaugurated by Jogendra Deva Goswmi, president of the Padma Ata Seva Samittee. A souvenir on Ankiya Naat was released by Shiba Sarma, retired principal of the Madhabdev College.
Besides, an exhibition and a book fair were also held. Other highlights included the performance of Ankiya Naat plays, Ram Bijoy, Rukmini Haran and Parijat Haran. On each day of the function, a competition on the above stated Naat was held in the evening which drew the attention of the audience. The participants in the Naat competitions were Gosai Pukhuri Satriya Sangeet Bidyalay, Kaliabar group, Dhekiajuli Anchalik Bhaona Samittee, Kenduguri Gaon Unnayan Samittee, Bolupathar Natya Samittee, Agnigarh group of Jorhat, Gangmou Than of Borgang, Sotia Chat Mazdoor group, Leteku Pukhuri, Padmarpam Juba Samaj, Changin Satra and Pathalipahar Jonmastova Samittee. A competition on Diha Naam was also held on the occasion.
Earlier, the speakers highlighted the contributions made by Sankardev and Madhabdev towards the fields of Assamese culture, religion, literature, language, art, etc. The speakers appealed to all to follow the ideals of both the gurus to maintain peace and harmony among the various communities residing in greater Assam.