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Cultural meet to strengthen bonding

Guwahati, Feb. 6: While dialogues may fail, cultural exchanges may do the trick in making the different indigenous communities bond with each other.

This time the Assam government hopes to foster a sense of unity among different ethnic communities by giving them a chance to showcase their culture, food habits and customs at a mega cultural event titled Mahabahu Utsav.

The two-day event, beginning February 9, will be organised by the department of cultural affairs at Sonaram Higher Secondary School playground in the city.

The theme of the first edition of this festival is Unity through Culture.

Mahabahu Utsav promises to provide a unique experience to visitors who will get an insight into cultures of all ethnic communities residing in the state.

Apart from traditional attire, foods, handlooms and handicrafts, people will also get to view arts and sculptures as well as traditional games of different communities.

An exhibition on historical sites and monuments will also help them brush up their knowledge on the rich history of the state.

A cultural procession will be taken out by different ethnic communities from Judges Field to the venue on the first day of the event.

Addressing the media today, cultural affairs minister Pranati Phukan said: “This year we are organising Mahabahu Utsav to celebrate the culture of every ethnic community in the state. People from each community will be able to present before all its unique culture. This will help a community to understand and respect each other’s cultural differences. The exchange of culture will also foster a sense of unity among all.”

“The festival also aims to promote handicrafts, handlooms, arts and sculptures of ethnic communities and allow the artistes to exhibit their creativity. This in turn will help to preserve our traditional art. The picture of rural Assam will be portrayed by ethnic huts. There will also be demonstrations of cooking of traditional food items, making of traditional handicrafts and toys as well as weaving of handicrafts. There will be a play area where visitors will be able to enjoy different traditional games of Assam,” Phukan said.