TEZPUR, May 1 - �Bihu is the most important non-religious festival of the Assamese people. It is observed by all, irrespective of class and caste. It has been observed since time immemorial and has been adjusting itself at different ages taking into consideration the changing situation of a particular age. So it is still surviving. Bihu is mainly a culture of the masses. A time was there when this culture was slandered very much by the upper class people.� This was observed by noted artiste Namita Bhattacharya recently while addressing the 11th Rongali Bihu celebration of Pragati Mahila Samittee of Tezpur University at its Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha Auditorium (KBR).
In her speech, she further mentioned that Bihu was looked down upon and regarded as a culture of the common masses indulging in carnal activities. It was deemed as perverted culture. But now this attitude has changed and people of all categories accept it as a universal culture of Assam. �We know that society changes. The socio-economic necessities compel a society to change. Our Assamese society has also been changing. But with time we should not destroy the originality of our culture, since culture should be preserved in its original form.� She urged all concerned to love and adore Bihu as long it survives among us and help it create a strong bond of love and compassion among the Assamese people.
Amidst her speech she also kept the audience glued to their seats by her performance of heart- touching songs. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Vinod Kumar Jain in his brief address appreciated Pragati Mahila Samittee for celebrating Bihu over the last 10 years to keep alive Bihu culture among the University fraternity. In his speech the registrar, Dr Biren Das said that he was overwhelmed with the programme as celebration of Bihu by the family is seen in Tezpur University only.
In the programme, besides Bihu dance presentation, other performances like group performance in different songs and a group dance performed by Manmayuri Goswami mesmerised the audience.