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Nalbari residents gearing up for Bhogali Bihu

By RAMEN KALITA

NALBARI, Jan 10 - With Bhogali Bihu round the corner, a festive atmosphere has gripped the Assamese community residing in the rural areas in Nalbari district despite the anti-CAA agitation going on in full swing.

It has been observed that meji and bhelaghar have been erected in almost all the villages of the district. In some places, the youth are busy collecting paddy straw, dry banana plantain leaves and bamboo in order to fabricate the meji and bhelaghar for the Uruka night.

Further, in some villages of the district, the youths have been collectively constructing attractive bhelaghars with paddy straw, bamboo and dry plantain leaves as replica of various items.

Significantly, the villagers of Dhekiabari near Nalbari town have constructed the replica of a rural farmer family�s household by displaying the paraphernalia normally available in the courtyard or backyard of such rural households.

The bhelaghar as a model of a rural family household has thatch houses, gohali ghar (cow shed), dheki ghar (rice pounding room), kuwa, japana and bullock, among others. The bhelaghar has been built with a capacity to accommodate 200 people at a time. Similarly, the village household has chora ghar, nangala, tatshal, dhol, pepa, haloi, khaloi and also ploughing equipment, to name only a few.

It may perhaps be pertinent to add here that all the items mentioned above have been artistically fashioned out of paddy straw and bamboo.

Additionally, the people of Kaithalkuchi village in Nalbari district have also constructed a two-storied bhelaghar over a 70-feet long makeshift boat at the premises of Kaithalkuchi High School. The bhelaghar, made of paddy straw and bamboo, has obviously attracted the people of the locality.

Similarly, the youths of Majdia village in the district have constructed a bhelaghar which reflects rural Assamese life. A replica of an elephant too has been placed before the bhelaghar.

After all, the youths of the district are presently in competition mode in an effort to make their innovative bhelaghars more attractive than the others.

On the contrary, in some villages the elders are taking upon themselves the responsibility of making mejis and bhelaghars as the young generation is not interested in making them. Not surprisingly perhaps, some people have already cashed in on the situation and have reportedly clinched contract to make meji and bhelaghar in rural areas against payment of money. A section of such people are laughing all the way to the bank by charging anything from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 for making mejis or bhelaghars.

�Earlier, the young boys of each village erected the meji and made the bhelaghar by collecting paddy straw a month ahead of Bhogali Bihu, senior citizen Khagen Kalita of Ulabari village within the district said. But today, the young generation in the villages are no more interested in such work,� he added.

On the other hand, steep price hike of essential commodities related to Bhogali Bihu has contributed to dampen the festive spirit. Nevertheless, preparations are under way to celebrate uruka in several neighbourhoods here.

Despite the ongoing anti-CAA movement gaining momentum by the day, besides the biting cold, this Correspondent found a sizeable section of rural women busy in preparing traditional mouth-watering delicacies in order to celebrate Bihu. The sound of dheki still reverberates throughout the rural areas of Nalbari district. Surprisingly, the district administration has not taken any steps till date to arrest the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, which will definitely spiral out of control on uruka day.

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Nalbari residents gearing up for Bhogali Bihu

NALBARI, Jan 10 - With Bhogali Bihu round the corner, a festive atmosphere has gripped the Assamese community residing in the rural areas in Nalbari district despite the anti-CAA agitation going on in full swing.

It has been observed that meji and bhelaghar have been erected in almost all the villages of the district. In some places, the youth are busy collecting paddy straw, dry banana plantain leaves and bamboo in order to fabricate the meji and bhelaghar for the Uruka night.

Further, in some villages of the district, the youths have been collectively constructing attractive bhelaghars with paddy straw, bamboo and dry plantain leaves as replica of various items.

Significantly, the villagers of Dhekiabari near Nalbari town have constructed the replica of a rural farmer family�s household by displaying the paraphernalia normally available in the courtyard or backyard of such rural households.

The bhelaghar as a model of a rural family household has thatch houses, gohali ghar (cow shed), dheki ghar (rice pounding room), kuwa, japana and bullock, among others. The bhelaghar has been built with a capacity to accommodate 200 people at a time. Similarly, the village household has chora ghar, nangala, tatshal, dhol, pepa, haloi, khaloi and also ploughing equipment, to name only a few.

It may perhaps be pertinent to add here that all the items mentioned above have been artistically fashioned out of paddy straw and bamboo.

Additionally, the people of Kaithalkuchi village in Nalbari district have also constructed a two-storied bhelaghar over a 70-feet long makeshift boat at the premises of Kaithalkuchi High School. The bhelaghar, made of paddy straw and bamboo, has obviously attracted the people of the locality.

Similarly, the youths of Majdia village in the district have constructed a bhelaghar which reflects rural Assamese life. A replica of an elephant too has been placed before the bhelaghar.

After all, the youths of the district are presently in competition mode in an effort to make their innovative bhelaghars more attractive than the others.

On the contrary, in some villages the elders are taking upon themselves the responsibility of making mejis and bhelaghars as the young generation is not interested in making them. Not surprisingly perhaps, some people have already cashed in on the situation and have reportedly clinched contract to make meji and bhelaghar in rural areas against payment of money. A section of such people are laughing all the way to the bank by charging anything from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 for making mejis or bhelaghars.

�Earlier, the young boys of each village erected the meji and made the bhelaghar by collecting paddy straw a month ahead of Bhogali Bihu, senior citizen Khagen Kalita of Ulabari village within the district said. But today, the young generation in the villages are no more interested in such work,� he added.

On the other hand, steep price hike of essential commodities related to Bhogali Bihu has contributed to dampen the festive spirit. Nevertheless, preparations are under way to celebrate uruka in several neighbourhoods here.

Despite the ongoing anti-CAA movement gaining momentum by the day, besides the biting cold, this Correspondent found a sizeable section of rural women busy in preparing traditional mouth-watering delicacies in order to celebrate Bihu. The sound of dheki still reverberates throughout the rural areas of Nalbari district. Surprisingly, the district administration has not taken any steps till date to arrest the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, which will definitely spiral out of control on uruka day.

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