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Amri Karbis prepare for fest

Feb. 21: The Amri Karbi Students’ Union (AKSU) will organise Amri Karbi Youth Festival-2013 with a three-day programme, starting February 26, at Amri Karbi Cultural Complex at Chamata in Kamrup.

The students’ union has organised the festival for the past three years to develop a competitive attitude among Amri Karbi youths so that they can spread their culture across the world.

“Our aim is to make our youths competitive. They should love their culture and take the initiative to spread it across the world. With this aim we have organised it for three years,” said Leonit Ronghan, an organiser.

Amri Karbis, who live mostly in greater Dimoria, are among the three branches of the Karbi community.

“We will organise competitions on traditional sports, Karbi modern and folk songs, folk dance and traditional cooking. All efforts are on to make the event a grand success,” said an organiser.

The programme will start with sanctification of the venue by a Karbi priest, followed by hoisting of the flag by AKSU president Hareswar Ronghang.

“We have invited senior folk musicians Domon Ingti and Sumeswar Ronghang and contemporary singer Ripa Teron to enthral the audience. Besides, we will organise an Amri Karbi traditional fashion show competition where Karbi youths will display their rich traditional attires,” said another organiser.

Two kings of the community have also been invited as guests to the festival.

The union said the Amri Karbi people are very enthusiastic about the festival.

“During the last three years we got a huge response. People came in groups to enjoy the festival and realised that our culture was one to be proud of. This is what we want — to make the community proud of its culture,” said the organiser.