By- Staff Reporter | Date– January 17, 2012
UNESCO World Heritage Site and biggest river island of the world, Majuli will host a four day long festival called Bhogali Majuli from Tuesday, January 17. The festival is being held to promote the beautiful river island with its unique cultural heritage more into the International Tourism map and also to showcase the Vaishnavite culture practiced at the Xatras and by the different local ethnic communities.
All the Xatras (Vaishnavite Monasteries of Assam) will take part in the festival and Borgeet (Vaishnavite devotional songs), different forms of Xattriya dance, Bhaona (Mythological Plays), various forms of Bihu dances will be performed. Traditional costume and handicraft products of the various communities will also be exhibited. Other attractions, such as Naga Warrior Dance by a group from Mokokchung, Nagaland will be there as well.
This festival would be at held at Doriya Dubi Ghat near Garmur, by the river side of Brahmaputra. The inauguration would be done by Union Water Resources minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Private Lodges, Guest house of the Xatras and tents would be available to accommodate tourists. Trip across the island by the river and visits to the Xatras are being arranged by local tour operators.
Traditional Assamese cuisines of Majuli are also expected be a big attraction. It is to be mentioned that Majuli is already becoming famous as an unexplored destination for fascinating delicacies. Last year, Ramsey Gordon, one of the best Master Chefs having his own chain of restaurants across the globe had visited the river island and learnt different local recipes after relishing the delicacies.