President Mukherjee to inaugurate Namanni Brahmaputra, India’s largest river festival, in Assam
The five-day festival will include cultural programmes, traditional shows and film shows among other events. Dalai Lama is expected to visit the festival.
President Pranab Mukherjee will today inaugurate Namanni Brahmaputra, India’s largest river festival. The festival will be celebrated in 21 districts of Assam and the festival will be kicked off on the banks of the river.
Bhramaputra is considered to be the country’s only male river and the five-day festival will include cultural programmes, traditional sports, Brahmaputra Aarti, exhibition, film shows, seminars and competitions
The inaugural ceremony will be attended by Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Arunachal Pradesh Governor PB Acharya and chief ministers of several states will also attend the inaugural ceremony.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will also attend the festival, as will several union ministers. Guwahati, which is situated on the south bank of Brahmaputra, has been given a facelift for the festival with big banners and hoardings coming up across the city.
The festival is expected to be a boon for Assam’s tourism industry. Security has been beefed up in and around Guwahati ahead of the visit of the President and Dalai Lama.