|Mising youths perform at the fest in Jorhat. File picture
Jorhat, Feb. 4: This Upper Assam town is gearing up to hold Assam’s first youth festival from February 22, where 25 youths from the 27 districts will showcase their tradition and culture.
The event is being organised by the department of sports and youth welfare in a bid to uphold the ethnic identity of different communities living in the state.
Debabrata Saikia, Nazira MLA and parliamentary secretary of the department, told The Telegraph over phone that the event would focus on tapping young talent and find out how they could use their talent to further their career prospects.
“The competitions would be held to find the best talent,” he said.
The three-day festival, to be held at the Court Field and the Jorhat District Sports Association ground here, will be inaugurated by chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
Kamal Jyoti Gogoi, Jorhat inspector of schools and secretary of the organising committee, said Deoris, Bodos, Misings, Karbis, Koch-Rajbongshis would come together and showcase their traditions and culture through various competitions and an exhibition.
“Judges will select the best stalls and best performances in events like singing, quiz, instrument playing, dance and ethnic fashion design and prizes awarded to the winners. There will not be any sports contests,” he said.
“The 25 participants will be selected from among the best talent in each district and we will take provide them support to perform at the national and even the international level,” he added.
The inspector of schools said there were quite a few communities who were yet to receive proper exposure and therefore suffered from a sense of neglect.
“I recently attended a festival of the Khamyam Shyam community whose village is situated in a remote corner in Titabar subdivision of Jorhat. The richness of their culture, the variety in their ethnic motifs and traditions showcased at the festival was amazing. Few of us know about this community because of their seclusion. We want such communities to get the opportunity to establish their ethnic identity and become part of the larger global community,” he said.
“The festival will give a sense of identity to the youths from different communities and the perceived notion that they have to struggle to retain their distinctive traditions would be ameliorated to a certain measure through the event,” he added.
Bhushan Kelkar, renowned innovator, educationist and career consultant, will address participants at the festival on career counselling.