Guwahati: Come this April and Assam’s traditional dance of Bihu may find its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The state government has decided that it would make an attempt to make the biggest Bihu dance performance in the world.
The state cabinet on Monday has given its nod to the creation of a four-member cabinet committee to take the government’s decision to its logical conclusion.
What the state government has decided to attempt was never tried before. According to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, at least 10,000-15,000 Bihu dancers would attempt to perform the biggest Bihu dance ever in the city’s Sarusojai Stadium on April 14, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting the state.
Interestingly, April 14 also coincided with the state’s biggest festivities of Rongali Bihu when Bihu performances were a regular feature. During the festivities, young dancers perform the state’s iconic Bihu dance in various events and competitions.
Sarma said, “The dancers will perform in front of the PM and make the attempt to put Bihu before the world audience by claiming the record.”
Earlier, the state government succeeded to push the Maidams of Charaideo as a national nominee for the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s upcoming list.
Assam’s cultural affairs minister, Bimol Bora, said, “The performance will take Bihu to the global stage.”
Prior to it, Satsaree, a sociocultural NGO, scripted an India World Record by holding a Bihu performance with 700 artists in the city in April 2019.