JAMUGURIHAT, Feb 20 – With one of the grandest socio-religio-cultural events of the North-east India, Barechahariya Bhaona Mahotsav, Jamugurihat, 2013 slated to begin with a four-day programme from February 24 (Phagun 12), the executive committee for the celebration, in an executive meeting held on February 10, at Barbhagia Naamghar under the presidentship of Bhaben Borah, executive president, took stock of the progress of the 18 sub-committees of the more than Rs 30 lakh budgeted Mahotsav.
Ganesh Pathak, general secretary of the Mahotsav, gave the details of the progress of the work under progress and gave the final list of the ‘khelas’ and ‘naats’ to be played in 21 ‘kholas’ along with names of villages and rganisations. He also informed that this year three uncommon ‘khels,’ Jamuguri Bengali Harishaba, Jamugurihat, Shree Shree Brahma Sanatan Sangha Chamdhara Brahma Gaon (Bodo tribe) and Adivasi Samaj Bukubhanga Nagsankar are taking three ‘kholas.’
People of the villages have been doing ‘haj’ at Pokamura Pathar to control the ‘gambuj,’ the huge lotus-shaped pandal (approx 1.5 lakh sq ft), huge bhojanalaya (dining room) and stalls of the exhibition along with the respective ‘kholas’ and rehearsals in the villages in the evenings of their naat. The women folk are busy in preparing chira, komal chaul, delicious pithas for the guests. The programme for all the four days have been finalised.
Along with normal religious ceremonies like pratoh prasanga, nam prasanga, sandhya prasanga, prasad bitaran on February 24, inauguration of the main gate in the morning by Padma Hazarika, president of the Mahotsav Udjapan Committee, procession of the Singhasan from Khadoi Chuk village to Pokamura Pathar Gambuj, attended by gayan bayans of all the ‘kholas’ along with Marwari, Nepali and Bengali communities, inauguration of exhibition stalls and book fair and Gandhotsov in the evening will be held.
The second day’s programme will include release of the souvenir and spiritual discourse, unveiling of the statues of Sonit Konwar Gajen Baruah, inauguration of the tourist complex at the permanent site and inauguration of the Bhawna Mahotsav at 8 pm by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On February 26, naam by thousands of aimatris in the morning and inauguration of the second day’s Bhawna Mohotsav in the evening will be held. On the last day on February 27 (16 Phagun), a cultural coordination seminar and a cultural show will be held in the evening, showcasing folk dance and music of the ethnic groups of North-east India and Sattriya dance and music. Satradhikar of New Kamalabari Narayan Dev Goswami and Satradhikar of Auniati Dr Pitambar Dev Goswami will be present along with ministers Ajanta Neog, Pranati Phukan, Chandan Brahma, ADGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, chairman, Tea Board, MGVK Bhanu, Commissioner Kumar Sanjay Krishna and DC, Sonitpur, Tapan Sharma. The Udjapan Committee has requested the cooperation and presence of all to make the Mahotsav a grand success.