GAURIPUR, April 13 - The 64th Rongali Bihu will be celebrated at the historic Mahamaya playground with a colourful programme from April 21 to April 23 next. A celebration committee covering the greater Gauripur area was formed with Gautam Ray, Basanta Kumar Ray, Ranjit Das, Nipan Sharma Utpal Das, Ashutosh Ray, Guru Chandra Mali and Rathindra Nath Ray as president, working president, vice-presidents, general secretary and assistant general secretaries respectively for the purpose.
Besides hoisting of Bihu flag by Banendra Kumar Mushahary, chairman, Assam Plantation Group Development Corporation, Assam Art, �Bihu Pari�, �Rajbangshi Kanya�, Mukali Bihu, Bihu �Maina�, Rajbangshi �Maina� and �Bihu Konwari� competitions will also be held. The cultural evening will be held at the Padmashri Pratima Barua Pandey Memorial stage and the local and invited singers are expected to take part. Troupes of dancers from Bilasipara, Chapar, Pathsala, Nalbari, Abhayapuri, Howli, Barpeta and Bahalpur will attend the Mukali Bihu and the programme will be anchored by Ratul Sarkar, Banamali Ray and Pramod Ray.
Hanuman Jayanti celebration: Under the auspices of Shri Hanuman Jayanti Mahotsav Samiti, Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated at Gauripur with a two-day devotional and colourful programme on April 10 and 11 last.
On April 10, ceremonial puja of Hanuman was started in the morning on the premises of Shri Narasingha temple and was followed by non-stop reading of Ramayana, Bhajan-kirtan of the Sundarakanda chapter of the Ramayana was held in the afternoon and was participated by �Akash Daghis and Parichay Daghis� of Giridih in Jharkhand.
On April 11, declaration of closure of reading of the Ramayana was held in the morning. A homjagya was also performed by chanting hymns of the Maruti Nrudana. A colourful procession with a chariot, where live Ram-Sita and Hanuman were sitting, was brought out followed by band party and hundreds of devotees and it passed through the main streets of the town. To create awareness a cut out on �Swachh Bharat� and Beti Bachao Beti Parhao� was displayed in the chariot to attract the onlookers. The programme was chalked out as a part of silver jubilee celebration of Hanuman Jayanti.