GUWAHATI, April 8 – With the fervour of the Spring season catching up high with every age group, the capital city is witnessing hectic preparations to celebrate the much-awaited Rongali Bihu that is just round the corner. Though price rise is always a worrisome factor and particularly during the festival seasons, nevertheless the citizens are getting ready to welcome Rongali Bihu.
This festive season, the fairer sex is looking forward to catch the attention of all with gorgeous traditional wear that also has an experimental touch. Some of the traditional wear in different textile apart from pat silk comes easier on the purse and the younger generation is showing interest in such kind of traditional wear.
“I have been planning to celebrate Bihu by draping myself in the traditional mekhala and chadar. But I won’t go for pat silk or muga as that is very expensive. Beautiful collections of mekhala chadar in different textile including cotton are available in the market particularly in the boutiques,” said Joonmoni Kalita, a college student.
The Rongali Bihu is not complete without presenting a gift to the near and dear ones. The markets are witnessing heavy rush as citizens are buying dresses for themselves and for relatives, friends and special someone. The demand for traditional wear is very high and since Bohag is also an auspicious month for solemnizing marriages, purchasing of traditional wear is going on in a big way.
With people coming out in large numbers to do the marketing, the important city roads have been recording traffic snarls every day.
On the other hand, the folk artistes are getting ready to perform at different Bihutolis and entertain the people. Noted folk artiste Somnath Bora and his team is busy with rehearsals to entertain the people of Assam.
“Though changes have been sweeping across the State, the popularity of folk performing arts has been on the rise. Now even the young generation is showing keen interest in folk performing arts,” said Bora. His team will perform in Guwahati, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Sonari, Goalpara, Sipajhar, and in many other places.
The festive season is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs from different parts of the State to visit the capital city to participate in the exhibition cum sale fairs that are organized just before Bihu. Their products include traditional delicacies, orchids, handloom and handicraft, etc.
“Every year I visit Guwahati to participate in the pre Rongali exhibition cum sale fairs. This opportunity helps me expand my business,” said Minoti Moran, an entrepreneur from Dibrugarh. She is a regular participant at the pre Rongali exhibition held at NEDFi Haat here.