From a Correspondent
Batadrava, Feb 14: The birth anniversary of Bharata Muni (Sage Bharata), the father of Indian theoretical forms of art, was observed recently at Sri Sri Dohghoria Atar Halodhiati Xatra which was established in Hatichung Mouza (1805) with a day–long programme.
Under the auspices of Sri Sri Dohghoria Atar Halodhiati Xatra, Aphaliabori and in joint collaboration with the Shri Shri Kutuha Soriputa Xatra and Sri Sri Soriputa Xatra, the birth anniversary was celebrated with religious fervour and zeal. The day began with hoisting of dharma dwaja by Ghamohan Goswami, president of West gaon district Xatra Mahasabha. In his address, Goswami explained about the tya Shastra creations of Bharata Muni. He also said regretfully about new generation’s disinterest towards Xattriya culture which carrying bad signs regarding existence of Assamese Xattriya culture.
Thereafter, a special tribute programme was held where Budhin Mahanta, secretary of West gaon District Satra Mahasabha, Bhaben Mahanta, Xatradhikar in–charge of Sri Sri Dohghoria Atar Halodhiyati Xatra, lecturer Biren Mahanta and many other dignitaries took part and paid tributes to Bharat Muni. In the programme, the dignitaries also remembered the sacrifices and life–long dedication of Guhas Mahanta, Gethu Bayan, Baju Bayan, Girikanta Mahanta, Chidanda Mahanta, Harikanta, Jogen Mahanta and many others of Aphaliabori village towards the uplift of Mahapurukhia culture.
In the afternoon, an open session was held under the president ship of Hemchandra Tamuly, working president of West gaon district Satra Mahasabha. Xattriya artiste Devakanta Mahanta, advocate Upen Mahanta and Sibaram Bordoloi attended the session and delivered lectures on Aphaliabori people’s contribution in spreading the essence of Xattriya culture.
Seven Xattriya artistes of Aphaliabori and Gosaibari area were also felicitated in the meeting. The day–long programme ended with the staging of a bhao titled Dharmayudhe Krish by the child artistes of Aphaliabori. The bhao was iugurated by well–known litterateur Sibanda Kakati.