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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Durga Puja at tea estate

Durga Puja at tea estate

DIBRUGARH, Sept 30: The Durga Puja at Bhokalajan section of Phukanbari Tea Estate near Tengakhat this year completes its 75th year. This is known as a family puja of the Bagchis, one of the oldest elite family of the Dibrugarh.

According to Bagchi family sources, the puja introduced in the tea estate by their forefather, renowned lawyer of eighteenth century, late Harish Chandra Bagchi. The devotees irrespective of their age, used to dance jhumur, a form of dance very familiar in tea garden areas, in front of the puja mandap on Maha Astami day since its inception.

Seeing the people’s participation in large numbers, the Director of the tea estate, Enakshi Bagchi has introduced jhumur dance competition from the last five years. This has elated the people and had drawn large number of participation from nearby tea estates.

The jhumur dance competition was held this year also on the Maha Astami day with gaiety. A number of dance team took part in it. Running trophy in the name of its founder Harish Chandra Bagchi and a cash amount were awarded to the winning team. Cash award were also given to the other three teams.

The sitting MLA, Rameswar Teli and other dignitaries of the area attended the function as chief guests. THE SENTINEL

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