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November 2, 2008: A special day

By BN Sinha & RK Rishikesh Sinha

November 2nd, 2008 will always remain fresh in the memory of people who had attended the celebration of Abhirbhav Tithi of Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur at Shiv Mandir, New Delhi. Those who didn’t participate for any reason had really missed something. However, those who were the part of the celebration will always remember the day, perhaps for many reasons.

The day wore an altogether different look and vibrancy. Why not? This was a day where Bishnupriya Manipuri people residing in Delhi and surrounding areas were pouring in at a particular place, at a particular time, for a particular purpose. The day came as a golden opportunity to meet friends, far and near relatives, and those whom we tag as out-of-sight, out-of-mind ... It was indeed a special day.

In the congregation of above 300 to 400 Bishnupriya Manipuri people, one could see and feel a clear sense of euphoria in the air. Eyes of the people were wandering, as if they were searching for something precious, lost in the sea of faces. In the faces of the children, teenagers, adolescents, olderly people, and all those who attended the celebration, a sense of contentment, feeling of carefree, was very visible. The created environment was casting a magical impact on everybody. People were busy, irrespective of being acquainted or not, in exchanging greetings, enquiring about others.

Something that was grand and great about the whole celebration was its nature of participation. The attendees were from all parts of Bishnupirya Manipuri dominated areas of Assam, Tripura and Manipur. One could say the venue turned into a true melting pot of Bishnupriya Manipuri people from different geography. Can you imagine the same happening in Silchar, Karimganj, Hailakandi or in the predominant areas of Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Tripura? No, but here it was made possible.

A special moment

However, when Monika Sinha came on the stage with the song “Tor pavira gitar ma kotiou tor srijon, homadiyar sadararang homa” , it created immediately a nostalgic environment, as if we are listening live of the then great singer Miss Meena Kumari, in a small village of Assam or Tripura, in the nineties.

Another feature that had got attention and acceptance in the celebration was the maximum usage of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language in the day-long programme. The typical Brishnupriya Manipuri urban coterie who loves to be snobbish by not speaking their mother tongue actively sank into ‘Amar Thar” mode. Regular announcement were ran during the whole celebration: “ Ami habihane amar thar baro amar fijet ore thakat janani lagtoi”. The confidence and the initiative to carry out the whole programme in the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, concludes one thing that the wind of change is in the air and it is blowing in the right direction, thus setting a trend to be followed by.

Those who were catapulting the stature of the Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur’s celebration held at New Delhi to a new height, setting an example for others to follow, bunch of Bishnupriya Manipuri youths wearing “Chankahl Ami” batch were responsible. It is due to their assistance that celebration was held at a grandiose level. Their alacrity, swiftness, feeling of responsibility, sense of belongingness, was something that was making an impression on the assembled people.



  1. Confidence doesn`t come out of nowhere,it is the result of efforts you all have put in to, for hrs and weeks of constant work and dedication.

    Every moment is made glorious by the light of love and affection.

    young BM Delhities deserve bravo.


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