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PTI Guwahati
Updated: 19-12-2018 18:58 IST

The third edition of the 12-day

'Dwijing Festival', a river tourism project of the Assam

government, begins from December 27 in Chirang district.

'Dwijing' means river bank and the festival covering

areas around the river Aie will focus on business and income

generation for the local people through rural tourism, Assam

Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma told reporters here Wednesday.

The river Aie, meaning 'Mother', originates from the

Himalayas of Bhutan flowing through Chirang and Bongaigaon

districts before meeting the river Brahmaputra. The Aie plays

a vital role in the lives of people of the area.

The venue of the various events of the festival will

centre around the Hagrama bridge, the longest rural river

bridge in the state, Brahma added.

"We plan to make it one of the biggest festivals of

the region and establish it as an annual calendar event at the

national and international level," the minister said.

The festival would showcase ethnic trade, cuisine,

culture, games and sports, exhibitions, adventure sports,

river rafting, helicopter rides and cultural programmes to

make it a centre of attraction for the visitors as a New Year


Leading Bollywood artistes such as Malaika Arora Khan,

Himesh Reshammiya, Kailash Kher, Amit Trivedi, Shweta Pandit

and a galaxy of stars are expected to perform during the

12-day festival.

The festival is being organised jointly by Assam's

tourism department, Assam Tourism Development Corporation

(ATDC) and Bodoland Tourism.

The ATDC would promote this event at the national

platform and "we want to change the image of the BTAD areas by

presenting the beauty and culture of the region", ATDC

Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah said.

The festival would focus on contemporary attractions

of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) - Kokrajhar,

Chirang, Baska and Udalguri.

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