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Kids perform bihu in school

Hojai: The Kids Of Kinder Garden School in Hojai  Celebrated Rongali Bihu with traditional fervour on Saturday. Dressed in traditional Assamese attire, the  students performed bihu huchori pulling many people both inside and outside the campus. A few teachers and staff also joined them. 
Speaking on the Occasion,Bharti Gupta, Principal said," We celebrate every festival in the school to make kids aware from childhood about our rich cultural traditions and its significance."

"This Rongali Bihu is a spring festival we all are celebrating this with lots of enthusiasm.This Bihu is the beginning or New Year for Assamese and I hope the coming days will be full of happiness.",she added.

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No need to be worried!

21 Aug 2015 - 6:22pm | AT News

Union home minister Kiren Rijiju said on Friday allayed fears for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur on the recent Centre-NSCN-IM peace initiatives.

Addressing a press conference in Shillong on Friday the Union minister said that the three north eastern states have nothing to be worried over the recent framework between the Centre and NSCN-IM.

Rijiju said the framework has been prepared taking into consideration the interest of the people of the three states.

“The Centre will never allow Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh to suffer in the name of the Naga peace effort,” said the Union minister who himself hails from Arunachal Pradesh.

Rijuju accused the three chief ministers of doing politics over the peace initiatives saying that the trio have taken U-turn only after they held talks wirth Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Sattriya going global

28 Dec 2010 - 2:38am | Abdul Gani

Alena Siadach, a Belarus national, has been in the city since July of this year. She is here not to see the one-horned rhino in Kaziranga but to learn the steps of Sattriya, one of the eight classical dances of India which was originated by Srimanta Shankardeva some 500 years ago.

Not just Alena but several others from the countries like USA and Japan have already embraced the dance form and helping it to go global.

Moving a step ahead, Tokio Yamagami, a Japanese dancer even has started a school in Osaka, named after her guru Ramkrishna Nartan Kala Neketan to teach her Japanese students the ABC of Sattriya. Her teenaged daughter Kotok Yamagani too is into Sattriya dancing and the mother-daughter pair has recently performed in Ravindra Bhawan. Ramkrisna Talukdar, a renowned performer of Sattriya who established Nartan Kala Niketan in 1987 to teach the dancers Sattriya using grammatical methods, is a happy man now to be able to teach the art to the students coming from different parts of the globe.

“It’s in fact, very satisfying over the years to pass on the art to others and increasing the periphery of Sattriya. I’m glad that Sattriya dance is being performed in Japan and US and also in England,” said the dance worshipper who received the Dr BR Ambedkar award in the year 2005 by Rastriya Dalit Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.

Gradually, it is seen the Sattriya has been able to draw the attention of dance-lovers from different parts of the world. When Tokio Yamagami arrived at Nartan Kala Niketan early this year a chapter has been added in the history of Sattriya.

“Earlier no one from foreign countries came here to learn the art personally. Tokio came and learnt the art. Later, she brought her daughter too and now she has started her own school to teach Sattriya in Osaka,” said Talukdar.

For Alena Siadach it’s the spiritual touch that encouraged her to step in Sattriya. She even braved the decision of her parents and landed in Assam to learn the dance which is close to her heart.

“I just liked it after seeing in a journal and later I gathered more information from websites. It’s sort of worshipping to God. I found it very graceful. It’s also helping the audience to get involved with the spiritualism,” said a shy Alena who is also a very good belly dancer.

The law student further said, “I just wanted to learn it even though my parents were a bit pessimistic towards this. But now they have realized that their daughter has been doing something.”

Elizabeth Debonair, an US resident along with Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan also doing their part to spread the art in various places in the United States. They are also planning to establish a Sattriya dance school in December.

'Gamusa' politics come on fore during festivals only

20 May 2017 - 2:40pm | Daya Nath Singh

Gamusas and Japis are two important items in Assam, which are in much demand throughout the year in the state especially during festival seasons and social functions. These items are demanded by the people to honor the guests and honorable persons during each and every event. 

However, it has been found that throughout the festival seasons the supply of locally woven gamusas are not according to demand by the customers. The reason behind it is said to be heavy cost of the locally produced items. On the other hand the weavers and traders from other parts of the country take advantage of supplying gamusas at cheaper rates and make more profit despite spending heavy cost on transportation of goods and labor charges.

Interestingly, despite much hue and cry not a single section of people comes forward to meet the demand of the market. It is said that the local weavers do not get yarn and other materials for weaving gamusas. The weavers accuse the government for not making arrangement to supply yarn and looms for weaving  sufficient gamusas. It is also complained that the cost of  local products are higher due to heavy labor charges. Complaints are lodged by a number of people against local private suppliers of materials like looms, yarns etc, of charging heavy prices which leads to high cost of production.

On the other hand people complain that such products are coming from Uttar Pradesh and  Southern parts of the country. May be the labor charges are cheaper in other parts of the country, but expenses incurred on packing and transportation also have to be taken in account. 

In the present situation it is necessary that local entrepreneurs come forward to get raw materials from sources available and not sit idle that the Central or state government would make the things available. The Central and state governments  have introduced a number of schemes for the young entrepreneurs and it is time for local people to come forward and make the state self sufficient. 

It is seen that the people in thousands flock together shouting slogans against the government for providing jobs to the people. These people can play major role to unite and work  together in the interest of the state and self.