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Plan to hold Joypur rainforest fest
STAFF correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – In a bid to boost eco-tourism, a three-day Joypur rainforest festival has been envisaged near the forest area from February 11 to 13. The dates for the festival were chosen today during a meeting held at the Joypore forest inspection bungalow.

The meeting, presided over by local MLA and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Pranati Phukan, was attended by divisional forest officers of Dibrugarh division and Deomali division of Arunachal Pradesh, forest range officers, government servants and various leaders of different organisations of the surrounding areas.

This was the fourth round of meeting held under the aegis of the forest division to host the rainforest festival.

The main attraction of the festival would be elephant ride, canoeing, cultural exhibitions and cultural stage performances, among others. Today’s meeting proposed to invite popular singer and youth icon Zubeen Garg to perform at the festival. Through the event, the forest department and the district administration is also seeking to create consciousness and generate awareness among all, including the government, local people, media and NGOs to convert the richly endowed region into a tourists’ paradise.

The other highlights of the festival would be display of customary dresses, display of cultural heritage of the local people living in and around these areas, tools, ornaments used by different tribal groups, display of the history of forest, wildlife and their association with local people in their lives, a market where local people can come and sell homemade products such as honey, pickles, artifacts made of bamboo, paintings, etc, tribal food festival, music festival, etc.

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