GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - The State government will form an expert committee to study on ways to further preserve and promote ankiya naat/bhaona, including government funding for its promotion and the feasibility of earmarking a week every year for a festival on the Sattriya art form with official patronage.
Replying to a private member�s resolution moved by AGP MLA Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and others, Minister for Cultural Affairs Bismita Gogoi said that the government is committed to protecting the culture and heritage of the State.
She said the expert committee will look at various issues relating to safeguarding of the ankiya naat tradition.
The minister also added that the government has allotted Rs 25 crore for development of 219 satras in the State.
Earlier, speaking on the issue, Mahanta said that the government should fix one week every year for celebration of ankiya naat and also take steps for state funding for promotion of this art form, starting from this financial year. �If ankiya naat is promoted, it can help in the integration of various communities,� he said.
His party colleague, Keshab Mahanta said that the State government lacks a clear agenda on the issue. �We want a bhaona samaroh under the patronage of the Culture department and with government recognition,� he said.
Gogoi, however, called upon Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and others to withdraw the resolution and said that the government is committed to ensuring promotion of ankiya naat.
Following it, the resolution was withdrawn.