bihu: Restrictions on Bohag Bihu donations cast a shadow over musical performances | Guwahati News

Guwahati: Singers and musicians, who look forward to Bohag Bihu performances every year, are no longer sure of getting performances at a decent budget in the upcoming Spring Festival after the state government’s decision to discourage “forced donations”.
The state government recently announced Rs 1.5 lakh to Bohag Bihu Organizing Committees, which are holding the festival in Bohag’s first week for 10 years. This is an attempt to discourage donations.
A secretary of the Guwahati committee, on condition of anonymity, said: “The decision to stop forced donation is a welcome step; but it raises questions about how a committee will pay the expenses. An average singer takes around Rs 3 to Rs 4 lakh for a performance. We also have to pay other groups or individuals for their shows. Additionally, there is no guarantee of voluntary donations. This pushed the Bihu committees into a dilemma.
Popular singer and teen idol Zubeen Garg has already announced his decision not to perform at the Bohag celebrations this time around. “I have a big team. I have several expenses. It is not possible to organize shows with a small budget,” he added.
Popular singer Gayatri Hazarika has said that paying a high budget for star singers is not worth it.
“The committees pay several hundred thousand dollars to a particular singer and do not even want to pay 20,000 rupees to others. It is not fair. There must be a minimum budget and a maximum standard budget for artists. That would be better,” she added.
Kailash Sarma of Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani said, “It’s better to bring four artists instead of spending all the money on one singer. It would help more families to survive in this time of Covid-19 instead of just one family.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We should not opt ​​for forced donation. This does not mean that committees will not accept voluntary donations.
He added that the decision was made to relieve businessmen as they are still struggling to revive their businesses after being affected by the pandemic.

William N. Fernandez