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Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya temple, Guwahati, starts on 22 June

By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati Lakhs of pilgrims from across the country as well as abroad have started thronging the Kamakhya temple atop the Nilachal Hills, seat of Shakti worship, for the popular Ambubachi Mela, which started on 22nd June, 2010. The auspicious moment of Ambubachi starts at 5:34:06 pm on June 22 and the temple door is closed to the devotees at 4 pm and will end on June 26 at 5:57:46 am and the temple door will open for the devotees at 7.30 am. It will close again at 3.30 pm on account of the lunar eclipse. According to Press Release, “For the first time in 100 years, a lunar eclipse will coincide with the Ambubachi. So after opening, the temple door will be again closed early”. The Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti or Tantric fertility festival as it is closely associated with Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India. It is said that some Tantric Babas make their public appearances only during these four days who remain in seclusion throughout the

Visit to Shillong

I spent my bihu holidays in Shillong. I went to Shillong with my parents. We hired a car from Paltanbazar. We reached Shillong at 12.30 pm. We stayed at my uncle’s house in Shillong. I was happy to meet my cousins there, namely Amit, Sumit and Ashish Sinha. They were also very happy to meet us. Shillong is the most popular tourist place. It is an exciting beautiful hill station and Shillong is also known as ‘Scotland of the East’. There are many beautiful places to see there. The next day we went to see the popular places in Shillong. First we went to the Lady Hydari Park, it is behind the Civil Hospital and in the park a mini-zoo is also there. There was a great rush at the ticket window. My father bought three tickets and we entered the park. We saw many animals there. They looked very scary. Then we went to see the Wards Lake located in the heart of the city. We enjoyed boating in the lake. There is a small Botanical Garden next to the lake. Next we went to see Elephant Falls and

Manipuri Dance - A Spiritual Exercise

Manipuri is one of the six classical dance styles of India, the others being Bharata-natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, and Orissi. It is indigenous to Manipur, the north-eastern state of India and the indigenous people of this valley were said to be the dance-expert Gandharva as mentioned in the epic Ramayana, Mahabharata and other religious scriptures. Manipuri dance is purely religious and its aim is a spiritual experience. Development of music and dance has through religious festivals and daily activities of the Manipuri people. Not only is dance a medium of worship and enjoyment, a door to the divine, but indispensable for all socio-cultural ceremonies. From the religious point of view and from the artistic angle of vision, Manipuri Classical Form of dance is claimed to be one on the most chestiest, modest, softest and mildest but the most meaningful dances of the world. The most obliging aspect of Manipuri culture is that, it has retained the ancient ritual based dances and

Rodali Award 2009-10 presented to Ravi Sinha

By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati Actor Ravi Sinha (Asutosh) was awarded the prestigious Rodali Special Award 2009-2010 for his role “Captain Kumardhane” in the Bishnupriya Manipuri VCD film Paritraan produced by L.L.Production. Prafulla Kumar Mohanta, former Chief Minister of Assam was the Chief Guest of the award function. Other guests who graced the award ceremony were Assamese film director Munna Ahmed, Chetana Das, Angurlata, Akash Deep, Vranti Medhi, Madhurima Chowdhury and many others. Total 100 awardees were presented with the Rodali Award under different categories viz. VCD, Theatre, Assamese TV Serial and Special Award. The ‘Best VCD’ award went to Assamese VCD “ Aimoni ”,  “Best Singer” to Zubeen Garg,  ‘Best Actor’ to Ravi Sharma. Aimy Baruah begged the ‘Best Actress’ award, and Munna Ahmed the ‘Best Director’, Jayanta Nath the “Best Music Director”, and Chetana Das the ‘Best Commedian’. Rodali Award (VCD) is a state-level (Assam) award function organised by Rodali Cul

My father, poem by Ritwick Sinha

My father – Ritwick Sinha, Class-IV , Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School, Guwahati. My father is the head of our family. He is my role model. He is a kind person. He is greatly dedicated to us. He always suggests and defends us. He cannot see anybody in trouble. He is always ready to help others. He is always there, when I am in difficulty. He helps me to do my homework. My father feels proud of my triumph. I am really proud of my father.

Proposal to form Anchalik Committee of Parichalan Samiti at Pune

A meeting was held at Vishrant Wadi, Pune on 3rd June 2010 to finalize the formation of a first Anchalik Committee of Shri Shri Radhamadhavjiu Mandir Seva Parichalan Samiti at Pune. The attendees also had discussion upon various issues pertaining to administration of the Mandir. The Mandir administration is not following proper maintenance of inventories, account books, etc. The meeting was chaired by Dilip Sinha form Tripura, the Organizing Secretary of Radhamadhavjiu Mandir Seva Parichalan Samiti. People present in the meeting from Mumbai are : Rebati Mohan Sinha, Parimal Sinha, Ranju Sinha, Bibhulal Sinha, Mohitosh Sinha, Bobby Sinha, Bhanumati Sinha; and from Pune : Ramsena Sinha, Col. Nani Kumar Sinha, Pradip Kumar Sinha, Benu Sinha, Suchitra Sinha, Kanti Sinha, Mala Sinha. Paritosh Sinha from Kailashahar, Tripura was the special invitee. Ramsena Sinha, the convener of the meeting and the senior most member from Pune expressed that within few months the committee would be forme

Ensure withdrawal of Manipur Blockade: Bishnuprira Manipuris

Guwahati May 29: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) the apex body of the Bishnupriya Manipuris of India and abroad, urged the centre to intervene and ensure withdrawal of the economic blockade to Manipur where life has become miserable due to acute shortage of food, medicines, petrol and other commodities. Talking to The Sentinel over telephone from Silchar, NBMM secretary General Uday Sinha said: “The Centre needs to act to rescue the people of Manipur from the acute shortage of essential commodities. Depriving the people of a state of essential commodities by imposing such a blockade goes against social harmony, and the Centre shouldn’t allowed such an injustice to happen”. Manipur continues to reel under an acute food crisis following the indefinite econonomic blockade enforce by various Naga groups to protest the Manipur Government’s decision not to allow NSCN-IM leader Muivah to visit his birth place. Hundreds of Trucks carrying essential and medicines were strand