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Namami Brahmaputra festival 2017

Pranab Mukherjee will visit Guwahati on 31st March 2017 where he will inaugurate the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival. The festival, tagged as 'India's largest river festival' is being organised across 21 districts of the state and will showcase trade, tourism and cultural possibilities of along Brahmaputra river. Nobel Laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Mahesh Sharma along with tourists from across the globe are expected to attend the meeting. "This is a perfect oppurtunity for us to show our cultural strength and economic importance to the world," Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
Since time immemorial River Brahmaputra has been a symbol of inspiration and respect for the people of Assam and 'Namami Brahmaputra', to be held along the banks of Sadiya in upper Assam to Dhubri in lower Assam is a tribute to this mighty river. The festival would specifically highlight the potential of the river as an ecnomic lifeline. "Bangladesh and Bhutan along with other countries, have shown keen interest to develop Brahmaputra as a major waterway in the region to increase trade both in the north east as well as other south Asian countries," he added. The theme song 'Namami Brahmaputra' composed by Angaraag Mahanta 'Papon' was released in both Hindi and Assamese recently.