November 7, 2016

Guwahati all Set to Celebrate Bhaona and ‘Sampurna Raas Leela’

A three-day programme of Bhaona and ‘Sampurna Raas Leela’ will be organised by BB Creation, an organisation shaped by Basanta Kumar Barua and Bobby Sarma Baruah, at the Rabindra Bhawan on November 14, 15 and 16.

The first two days of Sri Krishna Purnanga Raasleela will be held in Assamese with the participation of popular artistes from cinema and television, and the evening of November 16 will showcase a performance in the Mishing language with artistes from Gogamukh. The script of Sri Krishna Purnanga Raasleela is penned by noted dramatist Jiten Sarma. Its directed by Basanta Kumar Baruah, who is associated in direction by Diganta Bhuyan. Dibakar Pegu will direct the play in the Mishing language.

Since 2009, this cultural extravaganza, the first of its kind show in the city, has been attracting massive crowds. This performing art that has its genesis in the Vaishnavite tradition of the State is gradually becoming an entertaining and educative experience for the Guwahatians. What is more important is that many young men and women have shown a keen interest in knowing more details about this art form. Besides entertaining, the festival has contributed immensely in building inter community bridges in Assam. Besides Assamese, BB Creation has held performances in the Boro, Karbi, Mishing, Deori and Chaadri languages with the aim of uniting and integrating the State’s diverse communities. The festival has also attracted the youth, otherwise more immersed in western culture, in sizeable numbers. Raas has been one of the finest aspects of the socio-religious factors unifying our culture and people since time immemorial.

Earlier, the Raasleela rehearsals got kick-started with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the former president of Asom Sattra Mahasabha and the Satradhikar of Sivasagar Jokai Sattra, Bhadrakrishna Devagoswami, at the office premises of BB Creation on October 19, attended by several well-known personalities from various walks of life, including the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Ranjit Das and the MP from Mangaldoi, Ramen Deka, and Pritam Saikia, Commissioner Secretary, Cultural Department. Everyone heaped praises on Basanta Kumar Baruah and BB Creation in espousing the splendid cultural inheritance and strengthening the bond of unity and amity among the different communities.

This year, Sri Krishna Purnanga Raasleela will showcase performances by artistes like Chetana Das, Atul Pasani, Manmath Barua, Debabrat Dutta, Nilakshi Bora, Babul Kakati, Mrinal Saikia, Manoj Das, Susmita Kalindi, Barish Dutta, Ashrumika Saikia among others.

The three-day programme of Bhaona and ‘Sampurna Raas Leela’ is surely going to be an unmissable treat for the Guwahatians.


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