Bihu promotes cultural exchange between Assam, Tripura

Agartala, June 20: Bihu, the national festival of Assam, was recently held in Tripura to spread awareness about different existing cultures in the region.

Jointly organised by the cultural departments of both states, the festival saw artists from Tripura performing the Bihu dance.

They danced to the tunes of pepe, drums, dhols and other instruments normally used in Bihu celebrations.

The festival provided them a platform to come together and know each other that leads to better mutual understanding, which is quite rare in the region.

"We have organised this festival in Tripura because cultural exchange between the states is very necessary to strengthen the ties and very soon we will be organising this festival in Nagaland also," Sankar Prasad Kakati Borah, Director, Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam.

"From this program we get to learn about each other's culture. It helps building unity. Through this we get to know more about Tripura and the culture of the region," said Mani, artist.

"The program was really good. I got to see new form of dances and learnt more about different cultures. It was a great experience," said Parina Dev, an audience

Bihu is the main Assamese festival. It is related to agriculture and celebrated to welcome the monsoon season.