Assam Current Affairs 18th January 2018
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18 January, 2018

Assam Current Affairs 18th January 2018



Assam Current Affairs 18th January 2018Silpi Bota presented to Anima Borthakur & Kula Baruah  

Eminent singers Anima Barthakur and Kula Baruah were conferred the Silpi Bota award at a function held at Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio campus here in Guwahati.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally presented the awards to the duo on Jan 17 in GUWAHATI.
  • The award instituted by the State government in the memory of Assam’s cultural doyen Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala carries a citation, a sarai, a shawl and Rs 1 lakh.
  • The occasion also coincided with the launching of the golden jubilee celebrations of Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio which was set up in 1968

Historic Jonbeel Mela Jan 18, 2018 - Jan 20, 2018 in Morigaon district
Jonbeel Mela – perhaps the only fair in the country where barter system still exists is starting from today in Morigaon district . Jonbeel Mela is a community fair held on the weekend of ‘Magh Bihu’ at a historic place known as Dayang Belguri at Jonbeel.

About the Mela
  • The Mela is organised every year by the Gova Tiwa Deo-raja Junbeel Mela Samiti and at the direction of the Gova Tiwa Deo-raja at Jonbeel Pathar, four km from Jagiroad in Morigaon district. The fair will conclude on January 20.
  • Jonbeel Mela is a rare festival where both the tribal and non-tribal people of Assam and Meghalaya practice a barter system for exchanging agricultural products in a festive manner at the end of the Magh Bihu period (Makara Sankranti).
  • The genealogy of the Mela can be traced back to the 15th century, when the mela began on the banks of the Moon-shaped (Jon) ‘beel’ (water body) with a three-day programme under the auspices of the then Gorbar kingdom with the participation of the Jaintia king of neighbouring Meghalaya.
  • This traditional barter system of exchanging agricultural products by the tribal people of the hills and the plains of Assam and Meghalaya still continues in the Mela.


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