Assam’s Mega Bihu Dance Programme
Assam state government is all set to organize a ‘Mega Bihu Dance’ programme at Sarusajai Stadium on April 14. This announcement has been made by the Assam Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who stated that the locals of Assam will be able to witness the Grand Bihu celebrations in Guwahati live. This will bring the festival closer to their hearts and allow them to revel in the Bihu performances in person.
The Sarusajai Stadium will be made available from April 11-13 for anyone who wishes to come and watch the performers practice live. According to the Chief Minister, they will be participating in the dress rehearsals which will be held in the Sarusajai Stadium from 9 AM till the evening. Anybody who wishes to watch the performers live can visit the Sarusajai Stadium and witness the performance from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Issuance of Passes for the Mega Bihu Dance Programme
The Chief Minister has also announced that passes for the ‘Mega Bihu Dance’ programme will be issued at Kalakshetra from April 11 to April 13. For people interested in watching the actual programme on April 14, passes will be made available at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.
The Grand Bihu Celebrations on April 14th
On April 14, over 11,000 artists from all districts of Assam will perform together at Guwahati’s Sarusajai Stadium and attempt to set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records in the folk-dance category. This grand celebration of Assam’s rich cultural heritage and traditional dance form will be open for locals to experience and enjoy, along with the rest of the world.
The Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu, the biggest Bihu festival in Assam, is set to take place from April 11-13. This festival marks the onset of the Assamese New Year and the coming of spring. It is celebrated by the indigenous ethnic groups of Assam and other parts of Northeastern India, showcasing the tribal culture of the region to the world. The festival is of mostly aboriginal origin comprising Tibeto-Burman and Tai elements. It usually falls in the second week of April, historically signifying the time of harvest.
The holiday unites the different native communities of Assam and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. The festival is celebrated thrice in a year, with the other two being Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu, and Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu, which mark different stages of harvesting. The Rongali Bihu is the most important of the three and is celebrated with traditional dance, music, and feasting.
This year, the festival is expected to be celebrated on a grand scale, with the Assam government aiming to set a Guinness World Record for the largest Bihu dance with 11,000 performers. The festival is an important part of the cultural heritage of Assam and is a celebration of the region’s rich history and traditions.
The Mega Bihu Dance is expected to be a massive cultural spectacle, with performers from across the state coming together to showcase the traditional dance form. The Bihu dance is a vibrant and energetic dance form, with its roots in the agricultural history of the region. It is performed by both men and women and is usually accompanied by music played on traditional instruments like the dhol, pepa, and gogona.
The Assam government has been taking several initiatives to promote the cultural heritage of the state, and the Mega Bihu Dance is one such effort. The event is expected to attract visitors from across the country and the world and will be an excellent opportunity for people to witness the rich cultural traditions of Assam firsthand.