At a gathering held by the Cultural Affairs Department at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Monday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma ceremonially started the distribution of one-time financial support to Rongali Bihu celebration committees.
The welcoming speech was presented by Director Cultural Affairs Debojit Khanikar, and the programme was also addressed by Cultural Affairs Minister Bimal Borah.
Laya Madduri, Secretary of the Cultural Affairs Department, and representatives from the Rongali Bihu festival committees of Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup district were in attendance.
Moreover, the State government has decided to grant one-time financial aid solely to those Bihu celebration committees that organise Rongali Bihu festivities from Sankranti to the 6th day of the Assamese calendar month of Bohag every year and are at least 10 years old.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister donated Rs 1.5 lakhs to each committee to 138 Kamrup (Metro) committees and 142 Kamrup district committees as part of this programme.
A total of 1,265 Bihu committees from 30 districts would receive financial aid.
However, the Culture Affairs Department allocated Rs 18.97 crore solely for this purpose.
Rongali Bihu- State’s Rich Culture
“In addition to socio-economic development, a government has a responsibility to promote and disseminate culture. For the first time in the history of the state, one-time financial assistance has been provided by the government to the Rongali Bihu Celebration Committees,” Sarma tweeted.
Further, Chief Minister Sarma said that the State government has a broad responsibility to work for the people of the state’s socio-economic development as well as to promote the state’s rich culture.
In addition, he stated that the state government has decided to provide one-time financial assistance to the Rongali Bihu committees that organise Bihu functions from Sankranti to the 6th day of the Bohag month of the Assamese calendar every year and are at least 10 years old, in recognition of the socio-cultural significance of Bihu for the people of Assam.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister emphasised the history of Rongali Bihu, which was originally celebrated for seven days, and asked the Bihu committees to maintain its originality so that the youth might understand Bihu in its true form rather than only as a cultural function.
Additionally, the Chief Minister also urged Rongali Bihu celebration committees to use gamosa produced locally on handlooms rather than power looms for Bihu activities.
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