The Longai river, a trans-boundary river in India and Bangladesh, came to life in the morning hours of September 4th, 2019 as thousands gathered at the river banks to catch a glimpse of the colourful traditional boat racing in Karimganj district of Assam.
The decade-old boat race is every year organized by the residents of Akbarpur. The enthusiastic village dwellers actively take part in the programme to keep boat racing, one of the oldest traditional sports, alive.
The rowers dressed in uniforms of different vibrant colours and the beautifully decorated boat-paddles added extra zing to the atmosphere. Apart from the boat race, the organizing committee also arranged for a singing competition and floating food stalls on the river.
North Karimganj MLA, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha took part in the spectacular event and was seen in a new avatar as he cheered for the rowers. He played the hand cymbals and took part in the singing competition.
On the other hand, the floating food stalls selling mouthwatering items turned out to be a crowd puller.
“It is a delight to watch the boat race here. Every year we reach the banks of the Longrai river to cheer the rowers who take part in the traditional boat race,” said a local.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also urged the youths of Assam to promote boat racing to create awareness on water conservation in Assam.
Photos: Soumyajit Purkayastha