Balipara Foundation supports Sirish Mahotsav, fostering socio-economic development of Rural Assam
The Tea Tribes are integral to the culture of Assam & West Bengal and it is this amalgamation of cultures that gives the modern day its distinctive richness. After 3 years of success, in this fourth year of celebration of the Festival of Tea Tribes, it is a moment of pride as the cultural uniqueness of the community is brought forth in its true vibrant colours. Sirish is the answer to the calling for preservation, promotion and propagation of the various cultural forms of the Tea Tribes. The contribution of the Tea Tribes to the culture and economy has been immense and Sirish is a medium to enhance and propagate the art, dance & drama forms of this very integral fibre of Assam. We need to use Sirish as a landmark to strengthen the bonds between people & allow the hearts of the community to express this unique cultural heritage that we are so blessed with.
Sirish Festival was celebrated on February 18 to promote tea tribe culture. Since the 1830s and over 8 generations, the Tea Tribes have been fundamental to the scaffoldings of Rural Assam and has been a step towards creating bright futures in these remote but breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. It is in our best interest to promote the creation of sustainable Futures in these rural locales and we have been taking steps in this direction through the Rural Futures programme of our sister-concern, the Balipara Foundation.
Our collaborative efforts can bring dynamic changes in upholding the traditions and integrating a sense of pride in the culture of the Tea Tribes and lead to the development of holistic, self-sufficient & empowered communities!
Sirish Mahotsav is a successful example of fostering Rural Futures in the Eastern Himalayas. Through the “Rural Futures Framework” launched at the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum in 2017, we aim to catalyze conservation efforts through designing holistic models for human centric, community based conservation to create social-environmental and economic interdependence. Ranjit Barthakur, Chiarman APPL and Balipara Foundation presented the concept of RuFu to Honorable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and discussed developmental plans for successful community conservation in the region.