DHEMAJI, Dec 19 - After prolonged preparations, Charikaria Mahotsav, the first attempt at Dhakuakhana to reflect the assimilation of different ethnic, cultural and social aspects of the local inhabitants through celebrations began at Dhakuakhana town today along with the 4th All Assam One-act Play Contest in memory of noted dramatist and educationist Dr Chandradhar Chamuah and Soondhar Khanikar respectively with a four-day-long programme. The Divas has been organised here under the aegis of the Dhakuakhana Natya Vidyalay and in association with the Dhakuakhana unit of Asam Natya Sanmilan
The Divas started with a plantation programme at 8 am initiated by Ananda Takbi, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Dhakuakhana, in association with Megamix Prakriti Sangha, Dhakuakhana. Thereafter, the flag was hoisted by Kartik Kalita, election officer, Dhakuakhana. Along with it, the flag of the Dhakuakhana Natya Vidyalay was unfurled by Sabilal Jain, principal of the drama institution.
At 11 am, a smriti tarpan programme was initiated by Purnanda Gogoi, vice-president, celebration committee which was followed by inauguration of an exhibition on the occasion. A drawing competition was held at 1 pm. Noted artiste Surya Boruah inaugurated the contest. In the evening, a colourful cultural function was organised followed by beginning of the Dr Chandradhar Chamuah and Soondhar Khanikar Memorial All Assam One-act Play Contest.
The second day�s programme will begin with a special programme by the Pratidin Time. An acting programme will be held at 2 pm by the senior artistes of Dhakuakhana. Then the souvenir of the Mahotsav, Charikaria, will be released by Siva Prasad Gogoi, retired principal, Dhakuakhana College. In the evening, after a cultural function, the second day�s one-act play contest will be inaugurated by dramatist Hemanta Borpatra Gohain.
On the 3rd day, a discourse on the topic �The past, present and future of Dhakuakhana� will be held at 2 pm. It will be inaugurated by Akhil Ranjan Dutta, associate professor, Gauhati University. The Divas will end on December 21 with an open meeting.