The much-awaited 28th Barechahariya Bhaona of Jamugurihat in Sonitpur district will be celebrated in March this year with a four-day long program. Preparations for the event are in full swing.
The villagers of Jamugurihat early this month hosted the foundation pillar and religious flag at historic Pakamura Pathar about 60 km from here and 240 km from Guwahati.
There are 21 khola (Stage) where the artist will perform.The Bhaona festival will start from March 1.
The religious flag was hosted by the senior citizen and noted social workers Lakhinath Kakoti and Jagat Chandra das accompanied by the local MLA Padma Hazarika and vice president of the organizing committee executive president Hemanta kumar Barouah along with the other senior religious heads.
School students and NGO’s were busy cleaning areas of Jamugurihat.
Altogether 21 Khola (Stage) 126 Gayan and 210 Bayan performed during foundation pillar laying ceremony.
The organizing committee informed that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will grace the historic occasion of Bhaowna.
Barechaharia Bhaona has been there for 213 years since its inception in 1797 AD at Jamugurihat.
The traditional Bhaowna is held in a Namghar, the traditional prayer house of a village unit called Khel and also in Sattras, a monastery like institution to promote the Sankari culture, founded by Sankardev. In the traditional Bhaowna there is always a group of musicians comprising Gayan and Bayan that is the singer and drummer who begin the orchestra (Jora) in Sankari style followed by the entry of Sutradhar who recites slokas and narrates the entire story of the drama to be performed.
The concept of Barechaharia Bhaona is derived from the traditional Bhaona and unlike other Bhaona, it is performed by several teams. The Bhaona is performed simultaneously by teams from the different villages of the region on several stages by the holy altar in the center. Only materials used is the locally abundant bamboo, thatch, cane etc. Last Bhaona was held in 2013 and it is observed every 5-6 years.