ANN SERVICE SONARI, Jan 31 - “Following the ideals of Siu-Ka-Pha, we can show our supremacy in south-East Asia. Siu-ka-Pha, the founder of Ahom kingdom is an ideal person of South-East Asia,” said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today at a public meeting held on the occasion of the centrally observed Me-Dam-Me-Phi at Charaideo Maidam Kshetra.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal attending the Me-Dam-Me-Phi programme at Charaideo, on Friday. – UB Photos
“The Ahom community is the most influential community in the world and this is because of the ideal of harmony practised and preached by Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha, the Tai prince from Mong Mao, who established the Ahom Kingdom at Charaideo after travelling thousands of kilometres from Yunnan province,” said Sonowal. He urged for a comprehensive study of Siu-Ka-Pha’s policies in all sphere of his regime.
Referring to Siu-Ka-Pha as an ideal personality of integrity, Sonowal said the “Act East” policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is based upon the policies of Siu-Ka-Pha towards the south-east Asian countries. He said the descendants of Siu-Ka-Pha had a great impact upon the south-east Asian countries like Thailand, Laos etc.
Sonowal also announced the construction of a ‘Swargadeo Smriti Kshetra’ at the Charaideo Maidam area in commemoration of the 42 ‘swargadeos’ of the Ahom regime.
Rameswar Teli, State Minister, Food Processing, Government of India, Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley, State Minister (Independent) Revenue and Disaster Management Jugen Mohan and Jorhat MP Tapan Kumar Gogoi also addressed the meeting. Earlier, Bishnu Kamal Bora, Director, Cultural Affairs, Assam delivered the welcome address.
Padma Shri awardee scholar Jugendra Nath Phukon, a representative of celebrated danseuse Indira PP Bora and educationalist Golap Borgohain were felicitated by Sonowal on this occasion. State Minister (Independent) Labour Sanjay Kishan, Sonari MLA Nabanita Handigue, Thowra MLA Kusal Duwari, Moran MLA Chakradhar Gogoi were also present on the occasion.
Our Dhemaji Correspondent adds: The All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU) in association with the local people observed Me-dam-Me-Phi at Habung (Muchkhowa) and Simenchapori (Jonai) in Dhemaji district with a three-day programme.
The celebration included flag hoisting, moidam tarpan, food mela and sports competition besides cultural and literary programmes.
The ATASU, Simenchapori unit centrally celebrated the event at Simenchapori High School with an elaborate programme. The organisers conducted a seminar on ‘Career Building and Counseling for the Students’ on January 30, wherein eminent educationists including the principal of Tezpur-based GIMT Dr Buljeet Buragohain and others participated as resource persons.
Exhibition on traditional attire of Ahoms, a colourful cultural procession, playing of indigenous musical instruments and traditional sports were the special attractions of the concluding day’s programme.
The Ahom community observes the Me-Dam-Me-Phi, one of their most sacred rituals every year. It is celebrated to manifest the rich Ahom legacy and spread the ideologies and contributions of Swargadeo Chaulung Siu-Ka-Pha among the young generations. The community members on the occasion, offer prayers in memory of their forefathers with traditional fanfare.
It needs mention that the State government has taken steps to protect the Ahom legacy and monuments made by the Ahom kings at Habung (Dhemaji) and at Charaideo.
Our Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: Me-Dam-Me-Phi, the festival of remembrance and paying tributes to the ancestors and forefathers of Tai Ahoms, was observed across Lakhimpur district today.
The programme was centrally organised at Tyagkshetra in North Lakhimpur where it commenced with ‘Ban Phi’ ceremony at 6 pm on Thursday. Today, the celebration of Me-Dam-Me-Phi began with the ‘Dam-Phi’ ceremony led by Dharmeswar Gogoi, advisor of the organising committee. This was followed by the hoisting of the flag by Binod Kumar Gogoi, the president of the organising committee. The lighting of lamp before the statute of Swargadeo Siu-Ka-Pha, the founder of Ahom kingdom in Assam, was led by Dr Biman Chandra Chetia, Principal, North Lakhimpur College and maidam tarpan by Guna Phukan, president, Tai Cultural Research and Development Centre.
An open session was held on that occasion at Tyagkshetra which was inaugurated by a former MLA of Lakhimpur, Ghana Buragohain. The session was chaired by Binod Kumar Gogoi. Litul Buragohain, president of the All Tai Ahom Students’ Union and Dr Budhin Baruah, retired Principal, Dhemaji College attended the session as guests of honour.
In Dhakuakhana, Me-Dam-Me-Phi was celebrated with traditional fervour with various competitions for school children. The two-day celebration began at Mohghuli Chapori with the hoisting of the flag by Jiten Gogoi, president, Tai Cultural Research and Development Centre, Dhakuakhana. This was followed by ‘Phuralung’ performed by Tankeswar Gogoi. Literary competitions for school students were organised on that occasion at the venue.
Today, the Me-Dam-Me-Phi programme began with maidam tarpan by Biren Handique, executive president of Tai Cultural Research and Development Centre, Dhakuakhana. An open session was also held for that occasion where the souvenir Banphai was released.
Similar Me-Dam-Me-Phi programmes were also organised at Ghilamora, Kadam, Laluk, Narayanpur and Shimaluguri in Lakhimpur district. A cultural procession was also taken out at Laluk.
Our Diphu Correspondent adds: Me-Dam-Me-Phi festival was celebrated traditionally here today by the Ahom community. It was organised jointly by the Purbanchal Tai Sahitya Sabha, Karbi Anglong district unit and the Karbi Anglong Tai Ahom Cultural Society at Sukapha Bhaba, Dharamnala, Diphu.
The traditional worship was performed by invited Molung comprising Suresh Mohan and Sabram Phukan respectively. After completion of the traditional worship, the flag of the festival was hoisted.