Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on February 28 said that more than 11,000 dancers will perform Bihu on April 14 at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest Bihu performance.
Rongali Bihu is one of the biggest festivals in Assam which is also known as Bohag Bihu.
Addressing a press conference, Sarma announced that the state is gearing up for the largest Bihu show on April 14 at Sarusajai Sports Complex where 11,140 dancers will perform to create a new world record.
Sarma further said that prime minister Narendra Modi will attend the event which will be held in Guwahati. The state government will invite all governors, chief ministers and diplomats of G20 and ASEAN countries.
“We are gearing up to host the largest Bihu show on April 14 at Sarusajai Sports Complex where 11,000 dancers will perform to create a new world record before PM Modi. We will invite all governors, CMs and diplomats of G20 and ASEAN countries,” said Assam CM.
He further said that from 2024, the Assam government will organise Rongali Bihu at Rang Ghar and Sarusajai Stadium for seven days.
“The state government will provide Rs 1.5 lakh each to Bihu committees holding Bihu for the past 10 years between April 15 to May 15. I appeal to Bihu committees not to resort to force for donations,” CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
“Meanwhile, to promote local artisans, a drive will be launched against any attempt to make gamusa, mekhala and arnai using power looms in the state or bring them from outside the state”, Sarma added.
Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, one of the biggest festivals of Assam, falls in the second week of April every year, marking the beginning of the harvest period.
The Rongali Bihu celebrates the onset of the Assamese new year.