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A festival to be organized across 21 districts in Assam from March 31-April 4, 2017

“Brahmaputra is our culture, civilization, economy and lifeline.”
– Sh. Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam

Assam’s life and culture are deeply influenced by the rejuvenating splashes of Brahmaputra, India’s only male river and one of the most powerful rivers of the world. To pay fitting tribute to the river’s life-giving prosperity and countless blessings, a five day long event, Namami Brahmaputra is being organized under the visionary leadership of Sh. Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam, across 21 districts along the Brahmaputra in its entire stretch from Sadiya to Dhubri. It will serve as an ideal platform to showcase Assam’s tremendous potential as a state brimming with trade, tourism and culture opportunities.

The event shall take off in the form of a spectacular opening ceremony on March 31, 2017 at the riverfront of Bharalumukh, Guwahati- land of Kamakhya Temple, one of the most important and popular Shakti-peethas in India. The event will include a soulful veneration of river Brahmaputra along with other attractions like indigenous sports, local food, exhibition of organic tea, display of handloom& handicrafts, cultural evenings, film festival, business meetings and symposium among others. The conclusion of the event shall be equally spectacular with a grand closing ceremony on April 4, 2017.

This five day event, epic in scale and grand in reality, shall bring along business, fun and festivities for all. Brahmaputra is not called ‘lifeline of Assam’ for nothing as this perennial river presents incredible business opportunities. The National Waterways, especially NW 2 and NW16 shall be the drivers of economic development and prosperity. National Waterways 2 (NW-2) from Dhubri to Sadiya is a bridge to drive economic progress in Southeast Asian markets, as part of India’s ‘Act East Policy’.

These waterways will not only make Assam the centre of India-ASEAN collaboration but also attract major investments from around the world. The river is also a source of current and potential hydroelectric power generation. It will certainly give a boost to power infrastructure in the state.

The rivers of the world are fast becoming hotspots for travelers, and the mighty Brahmaputra happens to be one of them. A river cruise on Brahmaputra is an eclectic blend of luxury, comfort and nature’s never ending delights. The extraordinary cruise experience on Brahmaputra can be further heightened by watching migratory birds, visiting temples, tribal villages, monasteries, touring breathtaking tea estates and more. Its tributaries like Manas, Jia Bharali and Kopili are ideal for white water rafting.

All in all, Brahmaputra effortlessly brings together Assam’s trade, tourism and cultural aspects, interwoven into one event, that is, Namami Brahmaputra- the biggest river festival of India. Come, be a part of it and explore the soul of Assam.
 

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President inaugurates Namami Brahmaputra

President Pranab Mukherjee being felicitated by Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. GUWAHATI, March 31 - Glorifying the plural nature of Indian society, President Pranab Mukherjee today asserted that Indians may be ‘argumentative’ but had never been ‘intolerant’.
“I may believe if someone says Indians are argumentative. But I refuse to believe if anyone says Indians are intolerant. Our traditions, including the teachings of Assam’s great scholar and social reformer Sankaradeva never allowed the practice of intolerance,” Mukherjee said inaugurating the five-day Namami Brahmaputra festival on the banks of the river at Kachamarighat here this afternoon.

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other dignitaries attended the inaugural function of the festival.

Referring to the diverse and distinctive culture of Assam, the President said India’s strength was its ability to manage diversity and forge unity in divergence. It was not just the elites but also the common people who were firmly committed to trust, mutual understanding and harmony, he said.

The President pointed that despite a population of 1.3 billion people, with all seven major religions of the world practised and 200 languages used in daily activities, India is the only country in the world that has ‘one flag, one Constitution’.

Highlighting Assam’s immense potential, the President said Assam is emerging as an economic hub of East India and Southeast Asia and is the gateway and most effective location to put into effect the Prime Minister’s Act East policy.:cheers::cheers:

“The State is rich in natural resources and its people are hard working. What is needed is a strong drive, right policies and effective implementation backed by modern technologies,” he said, adding that Southeast Asia is emerging as an important destination for India’s investment and trade.

The President said Brahmaputra river is the lifeline of Assam and the region. It is intertwined into the economy, culture and day-to-day life of the people of the area through which it flows.

The President, praising the efforts of the Assam Government to showcase the Brahmaputra at the global arena, highlighted how rivers have been carriers of civilisations. “The Brahmaputra has also witnessed many occurrences, rise and fall of mighty empires and itself shown heroism and lent indomitable spirit to men and women,” he said.

Recounting his innumerable visits to all parts of the State during his political career and never encountering any problem even during times of turmoil, the President also lauded the people of Assam for always “resisting aggression of land as well as mind.”

Thanking the Bhutan Prime Minister for his presence, Mukherjee said the world stands to learn from this Himalayan nation’s practice of quantifying its progress in terms of happiness of its people rather that applying materialistic yardsticks.

Earlier, Tobgay, in his speech, dwelt on the historic ties of Bhutan and India, especially Assam with which his country shares a 699-km-long boundary. He highlighted that not just Bhutan, but all neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, stood to gain due to economic development of Assam and north eastern region of India.

“This festival is a recognition of the economic potential of the Brahmaputra that has benefitted countless people since centuries and this region. Neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan will benefit from Assam’s progress,” he said, referring to the fact that ten rivers of Bhutan flow into the Brahmaputra.

Tobgay particularly stressed on the close ties with Assam, pointing how Bhutan operates the lone international flight from Guwahati airport and has been requesting the Government of India permission to open its consulate in Guwahati.

He said the Namami Brahmaputra festival should not only be the ‘biggest river festival’ but also the ‘most powerful’ river festival.

In his speech, Governor Purohit referred to the unique culture of Assam and the hospitality he found here which is ‘unmatched’.


Chief Minister Sonowal described the day as historic, particularly for the people living on both the banks of the Brahmaputra and appreciated the enthusiasm among the people regarding the festival.

Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary gave the opening remarks while Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma delivered the vote of thanks in the hour-long opening ceremony.

The festival, which is being held at 27 venues in the 21 districts of the State through which the Brahmaputra flows, is an endeavour to showcase the rich potential and resource of the Brahmaputra.

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=apr0117/at050
 

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^^ Sunny... great job. If you are in Guwahati, can you help us with regular updates of this 5 day mega-event. I will be reaching Guwahati on 5th April... and the event is getting over on 4th... :eek:hno:
 

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^^ Sunny... great job. If you are in Guwahati, can you help us with regular updates of this 5 day mega-event. I will be reaching Guwahati on 5th April... and the event is getting over on 4th... :eek:hno:
Unfortunately i am not in Guwahati :(.

It will be an annual event. next time you can schedule your trip accordingly. This festival will be even better and bigger.

from various online sources, i could easily say that Guwahati is decorated as if there is some pre diwali festival. all roads leading tothe river brahmaputra are decorated with beaultiful fancy lights.
 
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