In Assam, The 13th edition of the SilaNoi-Jeevan Kite River Festival is a sustainable occasion, commences from January 4-8. The event is a colourful display of cultural engagement, environmental awareness, and community involvement.
The celebration began with the commendable effort of cleaning the urban riverbanks from Shukreswar Ghat to Fancy Bazar Ghat. It was organised by the charitable organisation Jeevan Initiative.
Hundreds of committed volunteers worked together to clean the space so that a colourful and environmentally friendly event could take place. Extending until Monday at Fancy Bazar Ghat, the location becomes a vibrant display of kites taking to the sky from noon to 10 pm every day.
This festival’s commitment to zero waste serves as its core motto. The event will be unique in Assam since its organisers, who are enthusiastic about environmental preservation, promise to maintain a trash-free atmosphere throughout.
The SilaNoi-Jeevan Kite River Festival grows into a cultural feast beyond the lovely kites. A collaborative effort between Imaginary Canvas and the Cotton University Art Society presents paintings, photos, and sculptures in an outdoor art gallery. Along the riverfront, handicraft stores add to the attraction and create a lively scene.
The cultural calendar is filled with events, including art competitions and Brahmaputra dance and music championships. The addition of a bookstore this year has broadened the cultural fabric of the festival. There will also be beach volleyball and arm wrestling tournaments, a northeast fashion weekend, and the Northeast Bodybuilding Championship.
Numerous outstanding performers, such as Tarali Sharma, Arupjyoti Barua, Rupam Bhuyan, and Bhaswati Bharati, will perform on the two stages of the event. Manoj Baruah will mesmerise with a violin performance, accompanied by Guwahati School of Music students and Dr. Purabi Sarma. Dr. Mallika Kandali will perform Sattriya dance on stage.
With their fascinating performances, a variety of institutions and organisations, including Pandu College, Handique Girls College, Pragjyotish College, and Nupur Dance Academy, will add to the rich cultural tapestry.
Essentially, the festival is proof that large-scale gatherings can be held with little trash and that cultural festivities can coexist with environmental sustainability. As the celebration goes on, it not only provides entertainment but also education, making a lasting impression on Assam’s cultural landscape.