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Bohag Bihu in the time of polls

Guwahati, April 11: Amid the election fever gripping the state, Assam is gearing up to celebrate Bohag Bihu, with a function held at the B. Borooah Cancer Institute for its patients promising to be an apt curtain raiser.

On Monday, people will celebrate goru (cow) Bihu, the last day of the month of sot (chaitra) when cows are washed and worshipped. The next day will be observed as manuh (human) Bihu.

“In collaboration with GLP Social Circle, we are organising a Bihu function in the auditorium of the institute tomorrow morning for the patients. This will be preceded by distribution of gifts for each patient. As our patients miss Bihu celebrations, we organise the programme for them. We have been organising a function for the past nine years,” said A.C. Kataki, the director of the institute.

A large number of youths from the rural areas of Upper Assam are returning home from their workplaces in different parts of the country, especially south India.

“After a year, I will reach home on Monday morning. I am hoping to sing husori with my friends,” said Abani Maut, a youth from Sivasagar.

The All Assam Students’ Union will also felicitate people who have made the state proud by winning awards in different fields. Two cultural troupes representing the rich cultural diversity of the state and two Bihu teams will perform at the programme, which will begin at 10.30am at Judges Field in Guwahati on Monday.

Bihu committees in Guwahati are, as usual, vying with each other to invite the best artistes.

Two years ago, a co-ordination committee of the major Bihu committees in the city, Brihottor Guwahati Bihu Xonmiloni Xomonnoyrokhee Xomiti, unanimously decided to pay not more than Rs 60,000 to an artiste to make Bihu celebration less expensive.

“For the first year, the committees remained loyal to their decision. But the next year, they again began paying whatever the artistes demanded,” said Pranab Goswami, the general secretary of the committee.

Goswami said the corporate houses have also stopped offering financial support to the Bihu committees and, instead, have started to celebrate Bihu on their own.

“A bad tradition has begun with corporate houses holding Bihu functions as part of their marketing strategy. Earlier, they used to offer financial support to prominent Bihu committees which invited the best teams of the state.”

An organiser of Latasil Bihu Sanmilani said they have invited the state’s most popular artistes like Zubeen Garg and Angaraag (Papon) Mahanta.

Ulfa (I) has also wished the people on Bihu.

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