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Thursday , January 10 , 2013
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Tezpur festival begins after 5-year break
- 3-day festival begins today

Tezpur, Jan. 9: The Sonitpur administration and Tezpur Environment Society, an NGO, have joined hands to revive the Tezpur festival beginning tomorrow after a break of five years.

Preparations are on in and around the town to welcome domestic and foreign tourists for the three-day festival, which, which will be inaugurated at the Tezpur Church Field here tomorrow evening.

The festival will start with a 50km bicycle rally in the morning from Hazarapar stadium to Balipara and back.

Sonitpur deputy commissioner Tapan Chandra Sarma and social worker Lakshmi Goswami said rafting and trekking at Nameri and visit to Dolphin point at Bhomoraguri and traditional sport would be the special attraction of the festival.

There will be a paragliding and daredevil show by the army, a marathon, art and quiz contests for children and cultural programmes with artistes like Sunita Khawnd, Sangita Kakoti, Pankaj Bordoloi and Durgamoyee Bora.

Tourists can also opt fora conducted tour in and around the town.

Tezpur, located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Sonitpur district, is well known for its naturally beautiful landscape. It is 180km from Guwahati.

The organising committee of the festival is busy round-the-clock to make the mega event a success.

An audio CD — The Dream Destination — by singer Pankaj Bordoloi was released last week jointly by Tapan Chandra Sarma and Lakhi Goswami.

Sarma has also unveiled a memento carved out of wood which will be given to invited guests. It has been crafted by artisan Sopun Neog, who specialises in wood work.

“The memento conveys a message to save the dolphin,” Sarma said.