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Two-day Bhogali Utsav gets under way

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � The two-day Bhogali Utsav started at the Sarusajai Stadium here today. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the Utsav.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Bihu is the lifeline of Assamese culture and it has always fostered peace and brotherhood amongst all sections of society irrespective of caste and class, besides alleviating the issue of insurgency in the state.

He said that Bihu can be celebrated in not just villages but also in cities.

�At the same time, the event represents the concept of Mini Assam as conceived at Nazirakhat, Sonapur, alongside the Tribal Museum, where Assam will be showcasing its communities� ethnic cultural diversity,� he said.

The two-day festival from January 18 to 19 has been organized by Assam Tourism department. Showcasing lifestyle and traditions of various communities, the event has altogether 29 stalls comprising ethnic delicacies and crafts and handloom. Other events like traditional sports of cock-fight and tug-of-war are also being held.

The inaugural event was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary Rekibuddin Ahmed, Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla and Commissioner and Secretary (Tourism) Ashutosh Agnihotri.

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