GUWAHATI, Sept 24 – With an aim to strengthen unity and amity amongst all section of the population, the Asom Vijayadashami Mahotsava Samiti is going to host the annual Ramleela celebrations at the Nehru Stadium here on October 3 from 4 pm onwards.
The event, which has witnessed participation of larger crowds with each passing year, will be celebrated on a grander scale this year by the organisers.
Addressing mediapersons here, president of the Samity Ram Niranjan Goenka said that the enthusiastic response from the public has inspired the Samiti to conceive this year’s celebration on a bigger scale.
“This event is not only about celebration, but it is also a way to spread and uphold the age-old values of Indian society and unite all citizens with the bond of brotherhood,” said Goenka, informing that the Ramleela celebration will also highlight the State’s Sattriya culture.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Samiti, founded by the architect of modern Assam RG Baruah, has been annually celebrating Vijaya-dashami Mahotsav, which includes performance of Ramleela and burning of the effigy of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad to symbolise the triumph of good over evil.
However, the celebration was interrupted until it was revived in 2009 under the initiative of the late TG Baruah who was the chairman of The Assam Tribune group of newspapers.
“We are making all arrangements to ensure that the public can enjoy the event in a safe and secured ambience,” informed JK Pandey, deputy chairman of GMDA.
The extravaganza will begin with gayon bayon to be followed by staging of Srimanta Sankardev’s ‘Ram Bijoy’ bhaona, fireworks and burning of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad.
“We are leaving no stone unturned to present a memorable evening to the citizens of Guwahati. The Ramleela team comprises local and outstation artistes, and a large quantity of fireworks are being brought from Barpeta and other places,” said Sudhir Saraf, general secretary of the Samiti, adding that the effigy of Ravana this year will be tallest ever at 60 ft.
The effigies are being made by Bubul Haque of Kharupetia.
The estimated budget for the event is Rs 8 to 10 lakh and entry is free for the public.
The press conference was also addressed by Arun Sarma, joint secretary of the Samity.