JAMUGURIHAT, Nov 7 – One of the unique socio-religious cultural festivals of Jamugurihat, which has been observed for the last 200 and more years and has crossed the frontiers of not only Jamugurihat, but of Assam, Barechahariya Bhaona Mahotsav will be observed with a four- day programme from February 24 to 27 i.e. on 12, 13, 14 and 15 Fagun (on Faguni poornima).
In the first siting of the celebration committee held at Jamuguri HS School recently under the presidentship of Padma Hazarika, MLA Sootea, the detailed programme of the mahotsav was chalked out with 17 sub-committees with a tentative budget of Rs 15 lakh. The committee also decided to nominate Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi as the chief patron of the celebration along with Prafulla Ch Sharma former Chief Secretary, Assam, MGVK Bhanu chairman, Tea Board of India, Kamaleswar Borah, former Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University and Tapan Ch Sharma as chief advisers. Moreover, a few members of the Assam Cabinet, all the former ministers, MPs and MLA of the district and all the heads of the departments of the district have been nominated as patrons. It may be noted here that a public meeting held on October 7 under the aegis of the permanent committee of Barechahariya Bhaona Committee had decided to observe the Mohotsav on the purnima of ‘Faagun’ instead of traditional ‘Chot’ as weather is not very conducive to hold it in at the historical Pakaamura Pather instead of the new permanent site (Chahiya Bakori) as infrastructure facilities were not developed. A 121-member strong ‘Bhaona Mahotsav Udjapan’ committee with Padma Hazarika, MLA Sootea as president, Bhaben Borah as working president and Ganesh Pathak as the general secretary has been formed.
As the Barechahariya Bhaona Mahotsav is acting as a unifying force among the various ethnic communities of the greater Naduar area this year all the sections of the society including Aadivasi Samaj, Bangabhasi Samaj, Hindibhasi, Nepali Bhasis have been included in the reception committee. Sixteen bhaonas will be performed which will include those of the Adivasi and Nepali communities. Bodos, Misings and those of Islamic faith have also been included in the celebration committee.
According to the programmes chalked out by the executive committee, there will be Gondhotsav on February 24, bhaonas on the nights of February 25 and 26, and a colourful cultural nite accommodating all ethnic groups of North East on February 27. Religious discourses, seminars on bhaona and traditional folk dance and song, exhibition book fairs will be organised on all four days. A colourful souvenir will also be released on the occasion and a community ‘naam’ to be presented by more than 2000 women at a time will be an added attraction in the Mahotsav. The executive committee of the Barechahariya Mahotsav Udjapan Committee has solicited the help, both physical and economical, co-operation of all sections of Assam to make the Mahotsav a grand success.