Watch | PM Modi performs Dhol during Bihu celebrations at Sonowal Residence in Delhi | Latest India News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his hand at several musical instruments at the residence of union minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi on Saturday as he took part in a program organized on the occasion of Rongali Bihu, a traditional ethnic festival celebrated by the indigenous ethnic groups of Assam.
PM Modi watched a Bihu dance and other programs for over an hour and interacted with the artists from Assam. Later, in a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “I participated in Bihu celebrations at the residence of my ministerial colleague Sarbananda Sonowal Ji. India is proud of the vibrant culture of Assam.”
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “A moment to cherish! It fills the heart of every Assamese with pride and joy to see Adarniya PM Shri @narendramodi ji trying our #Bihu dhol and pepa.
Sonowal expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for his participation in the program and said it reflected his love for the Assamese people and their culture, PTI reported.
“I am grateful to the Prime Minister for his kind presence at the Bihu ceremony and his blessings. Over the past eight years, his interests and initiatives for the comprehensive development of Assam and the North East are unparalleled,” said PTI citing Sonowal.
Union Ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Nagendra Singh Tomar and Vice President of Rajya Sabha Harivansh were also present at the event.
The Rongali Bihu coincides with the Assamese New Year and is celebrated from April 14 for a week. It marks the beginning of the harvest period.
Earlier on April 14, Modi sent his greetings on the occasion of Bihu. “Happy Bohag Bihu! This special festival showcases the vibrant Assamese culture. May this Bihu bring with it happiness and good health in everyone’s life,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
During the festival, people worship cows and observe a generation-old tradition of playing with eggs. The first day of Rongali Bihu, also known as Goru Bihu, is dedicated to cattle and usually falls on the last day of the outgoing year.
(With agency contributions)