TEZPUR, April 24 - Urging the people not to destroy the origin of Bihu by commercialising it, noted social worker and veteran Assam Agitation activist Ramen Goswami said that the origin of Bihu can be traced to the admixture of cultures of Austro-Asiatic and Tibeto-Burman races which constitute the greater Bodo race in Assam.
Goswami was addressing a mammoth gathering during the second annual Rangali Bihu function organised by Saraka Baligaon Yuvak Sangha under Bandarmari Gaon Panchayat some 25 km away from here yesterday.
He further observed that the word Bihu has been derived from the Deori (a form of Bodo tongue which was once the original language spoken by the Bodo-Kacharis of Upper Assam) word Bisu. This form of Bihu was once celebrated by the Bodo-Kachari tribes of Upper Assam, consisting of Sonowal Kacharis, Chutias, Thengal-Kacharis, Morans, Deoris and Motoks (majority).
�These groups were known as Sadiyal Kacharis, having lived in the kingdom of Sadiya. The other branches of Bodo-Kacharis which include Bodos, Dimasas, Rabhas, Tiwas, etc have also been celebrating Bihu since ancient times. The Bodos call it Baisagu, while the Dimasas, Tiwa and Rabhas call it Bushu, Pisu, Dumsi respectively.�
He expressed serious concern over commercialisation of Bihu by some vested interests who do not know that Bihu the agro-based festival of the region reflects the emotions, cultures and way of livelihood of the sons of the soil. He also said that due to sanskritisation, Bihu is losing it�s originality.
�We will have to save our culture by delving into it�s origin. Bihu which was once celebrated under the tree will have to be celebrated in its original form yet again to get it�s real taste,� he maintained.
Veteran Congress worker of the area Sunil Kochari and secretary of West Tezpur Anchalick ABSU, Suni Kochari also addressed the gathering.