JORHAT, March 16 - To showcase the potential of tourism, trade and cultural opportunities of the resourceful river-side district of Jorhat, the district administration is going to organise the five-day Namani Brahmaputra Festival from March 31 to April 4 this year.
Speaking on the preparations for the Namani Brahmaputra Festival, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal said everything will be done to make the festival a grand success. Devotional chanting, songs and prayers of different religious communities, aaroti (prayer song) for Brahmaputra, meditation, performance of yoga will mark the beginning of the programme on each of the five days at Kokilamukh area on the bank of the mighty river. Events like local sports, beach volleyball and many other games will also feature.
The Jorhat District Sports Association (JDSA) playground in the city will witness a mega fare of locally-produced and processed foods, traditional attires, handloom items, various kinds of attractive goods and accessories of self-help groups of the district.
While the cultural evening is scheduled to be held at Neamatighat area, three other cultural events will be held at the JDSA playground. No cultural programme will be held on the concluding day as the State government is organising a Central programme for all the districts in Guwahati on April 4.
Symposiums on various important issues of the riverside population and their practical solutions will be held at the Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium auditorium. Literary and quiz competitions will be held on the occasion.
A melodious theme song on the beauty and blessings of Brahmaputra, age-old glory and heritage of Jorhat, cultural and communal harmony in the district is being composed by well-known lyricists, including Jayanta Nath, Jetaban Baruah and a few others for the mega festival in Jorhat.