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EMFA appeals for Restrains

The Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has expressed its concern over the ongoing controversy on a social networking site (SNS) and its implications on media persons as a whole in the State. Some illicit comments in the SNS account of a Guwahati based news channel editor have sparked a series of protests in the last few days through out the Brahmaputra valley of Assam. In some occasions, few television reporters (and camerapersons) of a particular channel are being targeted by the agitators.

The EMFA appeals to the civil society groups ‘not to physically target the field reporters and camera persons in any situation’.

In a press release, issued by the EMFA on Tuesday evening, the organization argues that the viewer/ audience/ readers have every right to express their resentments against any news channel or other media houses, and they may go for legal actions against such groups. ‘But the reporter and camerapersons should not be targeted personally as they are only performing their duties under the guidelines of the respective new channels,’ the release asserted. The EMFA also urges the managements of the concerned media groups to resolve the issue amicably at the earliest for the greater interest of journalism in particular and the Assamese society in general.

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Magh Bihu 2012 at Delhi: January 15

12 Jan 2012 - 7:33pm | editor

Assam Association, Delhi is going to celebrate the ‘Magh Bihu’ - post-harvest festival on January 15 at the Central Civil Secretariat Sports Ground (Opposite Nehru Park), Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The day is also being celebrated as the Annual Sports day, apart from showcasing cultural richness of Assam. The Celebrations will begin at 10.00am with the lighting of the ‘meji’-the traditional bonfire. The day long program will conclude at 5.00pm.

All the members and office bearers of the Association have the pleasure of inviting you to be with us on the festive occasion.

Dr. Sashanka Sekhar Dutta
General Secretary
Mobile: 9818241962

Voyage in Brahamaputra

22 Apr 2013 - 10:48pm | Peter Alex Todd

There is no height of imagination for artists, all are artists in their own right. However there are exceptional people who like to do things in an exceptional way, share the idea with others and allowing interpretation at the same time. The “AMPHIBIAN” a boat conceptualised by artist, cultural researcher and creative director, Indrani Baruah that sailed in the Brahamaputra gave immense pleasure to the onlookers and inquisitiveness to learn about the boat that cruised from Uzanbazar Ghat to Sualkuchi with 32 people on board. However the journey for all must have been the slowest journey ever taken in their life till date. The raft travelled along the water was hardly one-kilometer-per-hour, and it took almost six hours to reach Sualkuchi form the start.

The design of the boat is all about re-imagining culture by the artist herself. The boat is based on the structure of “MELENG” (Bamboo rafts, that are in used in River Brahamaputra ferrying tons of Bamboos for selling,tied together forming a raft structure that moves on the river with the flow) The ”Amphibian” is also made using all bamboo and a finely designed bamboo structure above, while using thermocol at the base to help the boat float. The concept of totally using natural products is sending the message of environmental safety, no use of fossil fuel related to it . For those the people traditionally ferrying bamboos using a raft like structure has played a great role to the contribution of environment safety that has inspired Indrani Baruah. The designed raft took almost two months to get to the proper shape, design, and a trial before making the final journey from Guwahati to Sualkuchi on 21st April. The entire Project is supported by India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) Bangalore.

“I am an artist, I do not define myself in terms of gender” Says Indrani Baruah, when asked about her comfort to work with men folks. This encouraging lines are enough to boost the morale of women folk working in their own fields of interests.

On board during the journey , were artists from various fields, including Professor Uday Kumar, who designed the symbol of the Indian Rupee, besides Aiyushman Dutta (journalist-critic-cultural activist), Alak Bharali (bamboo craftsman), Bhaskar Barua (architect-designer), Biplab Goswami (bamboo artisan), Dilip Tamuly (teacher - installation artist - folklorist), Dhruba Jyoti Dutta (photo-journalist), Indrani Baruah (visual artist-architect-cultural researcher), Jyoti Prasad Das (North Guwahati resident and advisor),Kiran (new media and film), Lueit Parasar Hazarika (architect and musician) Manoj Das (travel guide and bhot- bhoti driver), Masfique Hazarika (environmental researcher-activist), Ranel Das (architect-designer), Shilpika Bordoloi (movement artist), Sonal Jain (media practitioners),Budi Thapa, (artist) and visiting fiction writer and art critic, Moushumi Kandali.

While on journey various artists perforemd music, dance, besides discussions on the environment and preserving River Brahamaputra, and exchanging personal views about the changing environemtel scenario. Ask Budi Thapa, about the unique journey, “ The journey is wonderful, Peace, harmony should always be the message of the artists.”says the veteran artist from Kohima.

Cultural Re-imaginations is a series of interventions conceived as an ongoing experiment in challenging the traditional boundaries between art and architecture, artist and artisan, crafts and arts and towards developing a new, critically engaged hybrid practice that integrates cultural history, architectural traditions and current environmental concerns of the northeast India and beyond, along with creating provocative art that leads to unanticipated interdisciplinary convergence.The imminent shortages of land, water and energy continue to increase the pressure to find innovative solutions, especially in communities that live in close proximity to the natural environment. Employing a raft structure and a series of 'unscripted' performative journeys on one of Asia's major rivers – The Brahmaputra.

"Cultural Re-imaginations II" (2nd part) will explore creative approaches with which communities can coexist with natural environments. During Cultural Re- imaginations II, a floating-habitable raft (Amphibian) has been developed based on the sustainable principles of the itinerant vernacular bamboo rafts (melengs) used in this region on the river Brahmaputra. This is a latent, but extraordinary mode of transporting bamboo all year round by indigenous communities on the river Brahmaputra by using only the power of the river. The new experimental raft has been conceptualized as a potential 'sustainable habitat' that can be anchored like a boat or a ferry. The construction of the raft structure involved collaborative work between bamboo artisans, boat-builders, raft workers and artists.This cultural intervention is intentionally ephemeral and is intended to evoke universal, temporary, mobile, vernacular habitats with minimal environmental impacts as well as cultural forms inherent to this region.

Rongjali Bwisagu in Kokrajhar

23 Apr 2018 - 11:11am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar:  The Rongjali Bwisagu celebration is going on with pomp and festive fervor in Kokrajhar as the Bohag month is today entered 8th day on Sunday. 

Priya Brahma of Bishmuri in Kokrajhar has been crowned Bwisagi Khungri in the Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw organised in Kokrajhar.

Tinu Basumatary and Jeni Narzary of Kokrajhar town adjusted first and second runners up in the Bwisagi Khungri Pwrbw respectively.

Bwisagi Khungri Priya was awarded a gorden crown and cash Rs. 10,000 while first runners up was awarded cah Rs. 8000 and second runners up Rs. 5000 respectively.

The Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw was concluded today with two programme scheduled at Science College auditorium in Kokrajhar.

The Kokrajhar Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw celebration committee organised the Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw at Bhatarmari village and UN Academy,Kokrajhar organised Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw with daylong programme. Huge peoples from all walks of life participated the Bwisagu pwrbw celebrations wira traditional music instruments like Kham, Shifung, Jota etc thai created amusement.A cultural ralat was aksi carried out in Kokrajhar to mark the Bwisagu celebration followed sappling plantations at Bhatarmari LP school in Kokrajhar.

The School Management Committee of UN Academy Kokrajhar organised Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw with great enthusiastic environment. Student, teacher and guardians took part in the Bwisagu celebration.

Assam forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma attended teh occasion as chief guest anda handed obat the Bwisagi Khungri award.