Guwahati, February 9: Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are going on in Assam and many parts of the country for the past few months and is now knocking the Assamese traditional Bhaona’.
Bhaona is a traditional form of entertainment, prevalent is Assam, with religious messages. It is a way to convey religious messages to villagers through entertainment.
The anti-CAA protest was reflected in a Bhaona performance held at the Dhing area in Assam’s Nagaon district on Saturday night.
Hirak Jyoti Bora, a Bhaona artist was seen playing the role of a demon opposing the CAA.
The artist wore “No-CAA” badges and demanded to scrap the act in his performance in the Bhaona.
Saint-reformer Srimanta Sankardeva had created the Bhaona’ in the 16th century, with the literary language of Brajavali and in a form to convey religious messages to villagers through entertainment, primarily staged at Namghar’ (places of worship) and Xatras’ (Vaishnavite monasteries).
Some special features of Bhaona include plays, dialogues, costumes, ornaments, entry and foot-steps of the characters. Assam’s river island district Majuli is known for the Vaishnavite culture and Bhaona. (Courtesy: India Today)