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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

‘Dharitri Utsav’ by AIR Dibrugarh, Assam

 In its endeavour to achieve the motto of Broadcasting – ‘Bohujana Hitayo: Bohujana Sukhayo’ the Akashvani Kendra of Dibrugarh had the privilege of celebrating ‘Dharitri Utsav adjacent to the Rainforest are in Tipamphake on 2nd and 3rd February, 2013.

 The main objectives of this ‘Dharitri Utsav’ were not only to acquaint people regarding the value of Rainforest conservation but also to enable them in appreciating the cultural heritage of various ethnic communities residing in and around the 800 sq. km of Rainforests in upper Assam. The main attraction of this ‘Dharitri Utsav’ on the first day the 2nd Feb 2013 was the poetic symposium in the evening which was adorned by different well known poets who came to grace the occasion from different parts of Assam. Since the main theme of this celebration was conservation of rainforest, hence the two days function was held in the natural surroundings near the bank of the river Burhi Dihing flowing amidst the rainforest.
The main thrust of the second day’s function was to involve all sections of population of the area at large and of course others interested in living in harmony with nature. Vice chancellor of the Dibrugarh University Dr. K.K. Deka being the chief guest of the day’s function graciously welcomed such and attempt of AIR, Dibrugarh in Rainforest conservation. Other dignitaries who were present in the function were Shri D. Das of Oil India Ltd., Duliajan, Cornel Payas, the CO of Joipur Army camp, Prof, P. Mahanta, noted physicist and Shri DC Das, DDG(P), O/o the ADG(P), NER All India Radio, Guwahati. The Director of the Nature’s Becon, Shri Soumyadip Dutta, being the collaborator of this function also delivered a short speech in which he especially requested people to be conscious enough for Rainforest conservation and of course regarding aforestation saving ‘Environment’ from further degradation.
 
The function was then adorned by the traditional dances based on harvesting, prayer, Saraswati Vandana, Bihu, etc of different ethnic communities in their traditional dresses. Such as, Singpho, Nocte, Deori, Sonowal Kachari, Tai Phake, Tea Garden community, Tangsa and lastly the graceful Bihu dance performed by the youngsters of the Assamese community. The stage erected temporarily in the bank of the river Burhi Dihing had the touch of ethnic culture in its every nook and corner since it was decorated keeping in view the main theme of the function. It will not be exaggerating to note that the function on the whole was amazingly relished by the huge gathering present there. The saying that ‘all’s well that ends well’ was really proved correct since the attempt of AIR, Dibrugarh in celebrating ‘Dharitri Utsav’ was really a grand success as it earned value and appreciation from all concerns.

Contributed by : Dr. (Mrs) Sukla Roy Choudhury(Das),All India Radio, Dibrugarh
Shri Lohit Deka, lohit.deka@rediffmail.com

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