Addressing the media today, Jayanta Malla Baruah said that the 89th edition of the Nalbari Raas Mahotsav will take place over 13 days beginning from November 7.
The Raas Mahotsav this year will be inaugurated by the Satradhikar of Batadrava’s Narowa Satra, Devananda Goswami, informed the state minister.
Speaking at the press conference, Jayanta Malla Baruah said, “Bollywood actress Hema Malini will inaugurate the Assam’s live Raas on November 14. The chief guest for the event will be Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.”
He said, “This time around, the Raas program will begin from Ganesh Mandir on National Highway 31. The Nalbari Raas this year will be ‘plastic free’. People will be provided with paper bags without having to pay for them.”
Speaking on the use of narcotic medicines at Harimandir in Nalbari, the cabinet minister announced that it will be prohibited.
“Sale of liquor in Nalbari will end by 8 pm during Raas. A total of seven mobile theatres showing dramas will be arranged at Nalbari Raas Mahotsav. There will also be a competition among the mobile theatres, with three prizes along with recognitions for the best actors and actresses,” the minister further added.
Jayanta Malla Baruah concluded by saying that this time around, the live Raas at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati, Mathura Vrindavan Raas, Gujarat’s Dandiya Raas, Manipur’s Basant Raas, and the likes will be broadcast.