GUWAHATI, April 17 - The Brihattar Paltan Bazar Rongali Bihu Sanmilan celebrated the 39th edition of Bihu in a colourful manner from April 14 to 16. The programme included sports and art competitions along with different traditional cultural programmes, said a press release today.
On the opening day, smriti tarpan was done by Prantosh Roy, president of the Sanmilan. The cultural function was inaugurated by Pabitra Margherita, Chairman, Jyoti Chitraban Studio. Hemen Kalita, general secretary of the Sanmilan opined that Paltan Bazar is mini India and people from different languages, castes and religions participated in the celebration spontaneously.
GMC Mayor Mrigen Sarania appreciated the Bihu dance performed by non-Assamese girls and observed that this would help in forming a greater Assamese society and also appealed to the organisers to hold Bihu workshops from next year before the celebrations. Noted artiste Bhrigu Kashyap, Md Amin, Tripti Kashyap among others enthralled the audience with their performances.
On the occasion, a souvenir Lahari Gagana was inaugurated by Dambarudhar Talukdar, president, Noonmati Sahitya Sabha. Pranay Bordoloi, editor-in-chief, DY-365 also spoke. Prizes to the winners were presented by Debashish Sengupta, working president of the Sanmilan.
The programme was organised by Anil Deka and Jayanta Kalita, along with Ravi Mishra, sports secretary.
Bihu at Christianbasti: Rongali Bihu was celebrated with a three-day programme at Udayachal, Christianbasti from April 14 to 16. It also coincided with the golden jubilee of Brihattar Christianbasti Udayachal Sanskritik Sangha.
The celebrations began with hoisting of the Bihu flag by social activist Dilip Chandra Bardoloi. The first days programme featured a cultural function in which celebrated artistes of the State including flute maestro Dipak Sarma performed. The function was inaugurated by Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, former Vice Chancellor Tezpur University.
The second day�s programme included a public meeting, a quiz contest, release of souvenir, and competition on modern dance.
Inaugurating the cultural evening, senior journalist DN Chakravartty observed that Bihu is a unique festival and can be accepted as the festival of mankind and world, as the first day of the festival is devoted to the animal and plant kingdom, while the second day�s festivities are entirely dedicated to mankind irrespective of caste, creed and national boundaries.
The last day�s celebration was highlighted by an art contest, and a seminar on contribution of Bihu in the promotion of a healthy society, where Haidar Hussain and Udayaditya Bharali participated as distinguished panelists. A cultural function in the evening featured presentation of music by Simanta Sekhar, Chayanika Bhuyan and other artistes.