JAGIROAD: The historic Jonbeel Mela enriched with the traditional barter system concluded on Saturday at Jonbeel.
The three-day-long mela began on January 16 with the unfurling of the mela flag. The Gova Raja Deep Singh Deoraja attended a feast on that day. The traditional barter amongst hills and plains tribes with their agricultural produce took place on January 17. The Rajdarbar on Saturday was graced by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as the chief guest. The Chief Minister handed over the Raj Bhatta to 18 traditional Tiwa Rajas in the mela.
While addressing the Rajdarbar, the Chief Minister assured every support to uplift the Tiwa culture. He also called upon all ethnic tribes to stay united to strengthen the Assamese culture. He announced financial help for the construction of a sophisticated Tiwa cultural centre at the mela venue.
The session was also addressed by Minister Piyush Hazarika, MLA Ranakanta Deuri, Tiwa scholar Mileswar Patar, Nritya guru Nadiram Deuri and other dignitaries. The session was attended by all 18 Tiwa Rajas.
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