GUWAHATI, Jan 18: Aiming to celebrate the vivid colours of Assam, the fourth edition of Rongali Festival will begin here on Friday. The three-day fest will showcase the culture of communities of the State and also give a platform to 75 musicians, housewives who will exhibit their culiry skills, designers, cyclists and more.
"We’re bringing different communities together through this festival. For example, the Mising community will showcase its history through a dance form. Folklores will be shared. It will be the most colourful festival and visually appealing," Shyamkanu Mahanta, chief organizer of Rongali, told IANS. Adding more colour to the festival, which will take place at the Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra, the Rongali Art Carnival will bring young artistes of the region for doodles, string art, graffiti and more. Around 10 magicians will also show their talent and tricks. A traditiol food competition will bring around 60 participants who will whip up some vegetarian, non-vegetarian and sweet dishes. “This time, there will be around 35 stalls and a food competition. Housewives from Assam will be participating in it," said Mahanta. While home-grown singers Zubeen Garg and Papon will once again get the audience get up and dance, several rock bands are set to wow the music fans as well. In addition, a Rongali Tourism Cycle Rally was organised on Thursday to create awareness about Assam as a destition of cycling. Some 100 cyclists participated. (IANS)