NALBARI, April 16 � The Nalbari anchalik unit of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) organised a day-long mukali Bihu on the premises of the Nalbari AASU office on April 15 as part of the Rongali Bihu celebrations.
The day-long programme started with the hoisting of the AASU and Asom Unnati Sabha flags by Bhabajit Bezbaruah, officiating president of the anchalik unit of the AASU and Dr Dinamani Bhagawati, president of the Nalbari district unit, Asom Unnati Sabha. Following this, swahid tarpan was initiated by Himan Barman, president of the Nalbari district AASU.
The mukali Bihu was inaugurated by Dipanka Kumar Nath, the newly-elected president of the AASU. In his speech, the AASU president said that the Bihu is a special identity of the Assamese culture. �We should unitedly keep it alive,� he added.
The Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari, Dr Om Prakash also attended the function and took part in the mukoli Bihu.
On the occasion, a total of 50 senior citizens, artistes and litterateurs were felicitated with gamocha and other gifts. A good number of artistes, including Barasharani Bishaya, also took part in the celebrations.
The Dakshin Ulabari Rangali Bihu Sanmilani also celebrated Rongali Bihu on April 14, 15 and 16 with a three-day programme. On the occasion, a cultural procession was taken out in the locality on April 14. One-act play and Bihu dance competitions were also held to mark the occasion.
Meanwhile, the Nalbari district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) offered bihuwan to senior citizens of the Nalbari town at their doorsteps on the first day of the Assamese month of Bohag. They also performed Bihu at the official residence of the Nalbari Deputy Commissioner and the residence of Dr Basanta Kumar Bhattacharya, a senior citizen of Nalbari.
At Dhurkuchi of the district, a unique �fashion show� of the cattle was held on the first day of Bohag. Earlier, on the Goru Bihu day, the community bathed their cattle heads at the rivers Pagladiya, Baralia, Buhradiya and Mora Pagladiya, besides the ponds and other water bodies with traditional fervour.