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ULFA bans Hindi songs during Rongali Bihu

We appeal to the singers and artistes not to perform Hindi songs and dances that are part of the Indian cultural invasion of Assam.

With four days left for Rongali Bihu — the Assamese New Year festival — the anti-talk faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) led by Paresh Barua has warned singers and artistes against performing Hindi songs and dances during the festival.

“We appeal to the singers and artistes not to perform Hindi songs and dances that are part of the Indian cultural invasion of Assam. We have noticed in the past years that a number of people who claim to be artistes perform Hindi songs and dances during Bihu festivals. They should desist from such irresponsible behaviour. Artistes have a duty to generate cultural awareness,” a statement issued by the ULFA faction said on Wednesday.

Asking the Bihu organisers in the ensuing festival season that begins on Sunday to ensure that no Hindi song or dance was performed by the artistes,the ULFA faction also said it would keep an eye on such people.

“We will keep a close watch on artistes and organisers during the Bihu festival. Our members will organise protests if anyone tries to defy our appeal and neglects the national culture of Assam,” the statement said.

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