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Bid to wrest global recognition for Bihu
A Correspondent
 NAGAON, Sept 15 - For global recognition of Bihu, the agrarian festival of Assam, a few socially-conscious people led by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, an expert member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage have taken a significant initiative to organise a webinar on Bihu on September 20 next.

 The webinar is being organised by ICOMOS India (North East Zone) in association with the National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC ICH ICOMOS India) and International Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH ICOMOS).

In a press note it was stated that the webinar will be held from 5 pm to 6.30 pm IST. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti will moderate the event. Dr Pradip Neog, Dinesh Gogoi and Mridu Moucham Bora will offer presentations on the features, history and ornaments basically worn during Bihu.

The programme will also be shown live in ICOMOS Facebook page. The link of the Facebook page is

Munish Pandit, vice-president of ICOMOS International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage will also participate in the webinar. From ICOMOS India, there will be Shalini Dasgupta, Ananya Bhattacharya and Dr Mrinalini Atrey. Sankar Krishna Das and Dilip Kumar Changkakoti from ICOMOS India (North East Zone) will host the event.

The ultimate aim, according to Dr Borkakoti is to promote Bihu globally and get it recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

This webinar is a first step in that direction, he said. So heritage experts from across the world have been invited to the webinar. Dr Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja, president of ICICH has requested all members of ICICH in different parts of world to attend the event.

Those interested will be able to see it in the Facebook page of ICOMOS India. Dr Borkakoti has requested all to share the webinar during its live telecast. The webinar will be managed from the Delhi office of ICOMOS.

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