Guwahati, March 31: India’s biggest river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ kicks off today in 21 districts of Assam. This five day festival will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on the banks of river which is consider to be India’s only male river. This festival is likely to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state.
This five day festival will have various cultural programmes, traditional sports, Brahmaputra Aarti, exhibition, film shows, seminars and competitions for people to participate and be part of the fun and culture. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Arunachal Pradesh Governor P.B. Acharya and Chief Ministers of the states will also attend the inaugural ceremony.
"The message that should go out to the world is how the Brahmaputra River is revered in India and how it unites all ethnic people living on both banks of the river. When the world knows more about us and the Brahmaputra, a government official said. Spiritual leader Dalai Lama and several Union Ministers will also attend the festival. Security has been beefed up in and around Guwahati ahead of the visit of the President. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday appealed to the people of the state for cooperation in making the festival a grand success.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings on the occasion of 'Namami Brahmaputra'.
"The basic objective of the five-day long festival is to showcase trade and commerce, culture, skill, industry and tourism of Assam to the world, while the festival is to exhibit the music, arts, craft, sports, livelihood and overall way of life of the people of Assam," said Commissioner of Guwahati Police Hiren Nath.