LAKHIMPUR: The State-level bhaona convention organized under the auspices of Shree Shree Dihing Xatra Telahi Than Sanmilita Natya Gosthi of Lakhimpur district, in association with the people of Telahi and Kamalaboria mouzas, kicked off on Wednesday in a festive environment.
The extravaganza has been organized in connection with the observance of the 571st birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankardev with a five-day long programme until October 13 at the playground of Salal Telahi Kamalaboria High School located at Bapokhat.
The first day’s agenda of the event began with the unfurling of the ‘Dharma Dhwajja’ by organizing committee president Deba Krishna Sarmah. It was followed by a massive plantation drive. Professor of North Lakhimpur College, Dimbeswar Das inaugurated the programme. After the completion of the ‘Jalarohan’ from Ranganadi, Xatradhikar of Punia Xatra, Mahendra Goswami established the temporary namghar and the asana at the bhaona staging venue.
The cultural procession taken out in connection with the event, showcasing the perennial cultural contribution and creation of Sankardev, was formally inaugurated by Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah and social activist Manab Deka. In his speech, the MP laid emphasis on the noble ideology propagated by Srimanta Sankardev with a view to establishing integration and ushering in peace and harmony in the society.
Xatradhikar of Kantari Xatra, Tapan Goswami lit the ceremonial lamps in the evening. Then Moni-Kanchan Gosthi from Jorhat staged ‘Nrisingha Yatra’ while Janardan Natya Gosthi of Narayanpur staged ‘Bedawati Upakhyan’. Several cultural groups from different districts of the State will take part in the event in the next few days, staging their bhaonas.