TINSUKIA, Feb 24 � The 11th �Janakristi Samaroh� organised by the Doordarshan Kendras of Guwahati and Dibrugarh in association with the Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council (SKAC) and the Tinsukia district administration by the side of the mighty Brahmaputra at Hatighuli near Dhola on Saturday was a massive hit among the people. The three-hour function that was telecast directly by the Doordarshan was inaugurated by the Deputy Director, Guwahati Doordarshan Kendra, Debendra Nath Basumatary and the Chief Executive Member of SKAC, Dandi Sonowal by lighting lamps.
In his inaugural speech, Basumatary stated that the series of �Janakristi Samarohs� were a humble effort on the part of Doordarshan to explore the rich traditional cultures of all the ethnic groups of the area and to take these rich folk cultures to the world. He also expressed that these rich traditions and folk cultures of the ethnic groups of the State were on the verge of extinction under continuous pressure from the modern-day chaotic lifestyle and Doordarshan was making an effort not only for their preservation but also for their continuation.
Dandi Sonowal, the CEM of SKAC stated that Sonowal Kacharis constituted the third largest ethnic group of Assam and it has a very rich traditional culture which was still being practised. He expressed his gratitude to Doordarshan for its efforts at exploration of folk culture. In the programme, Dhaneswar Sonowal, Golok Moran and Ram Chasoni were felicitated for their devoted contribution towards folk culture and Nirod Hazarika for his outstanding career in football by Doordarshan. The folk items presented included �Haidaang�, a religious group song, �husori�, �Log Bihu�, �Lecheri� dance, �Bahua� dance, Gayon Bayon etc., of the Sonowal Kacharis besides, �Moran� Bihu, �Laailungkham� dance of Tai Ahoms, �Gomrag� of Misings, Deori Bihu, Jhumur of tea tribes, �Khukuri� dance of Nepalis, Bihu etc. Throughout the programme, spectators were seen enjoying each and every item.