Raipur: “Raut Nach and Kakshon Sohai is held in different places throughout the state, but it is celebrated as a grand festival in Bilaspur. Raut Nach Mahotsav of Bilaspur is known for its specialty not only in the state but also outside the state. This festival is the identity of Bilaspur”, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel while inaugurating 43rd Raut Nach Mahotsav in Bilaspur on Saturday.
He said that Raut Nacha Utsav started in Bilaspur in a very small market place, however, with the efforts of former Minister late BR Yadav and Kalicharan Yadav, this festival has reached its 43rd year. He said that cow rearing has been practiced since the time of Lord Krishna. The importance of cow is also found in religious mythology, but at present, the plight of cows is happening in the country and the condition of shepherds is also deteriorating. To curb their plight, the Chhattisgarh government has made a system of gothan (cowshed) and grazing fields. Along with fodder, water, shepherd arrangements in Gothan, the purchase of cow dung was also started in Chhattisgarh.
The Chief Minister said that this 43rd year of Raut Nach Mahotsav will continue in this way, and every possible help will be provided for the successful organization by state government. He announced to give Rs 5-5 thousand to each dancer team participating in the festival and to build an animal dispensary.
Presiding over the program, Public Works Minister and in-charge of the district Tamradhwaj Sahu said in his address that the Chhattisgarh government is doing the work of advancing the culture, costumes, food, customs and customs of Chhattisgarh. The aroma of traditional dishes of Chhattisgarh is reaching even the national capital of country.
Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shiv Dahria, the special guest of the program, said that the work of reviving folk art, culture and tradition in Chhattisgarh is being done by the Government of Chhattisgarh.
Besides, during the programme, the Chief Minister was dressed in traditional Yadav dress. In his traditional attire, Baghel walked into the circle of the dancers, and enjoyed dancing with them while reciting the doha to the tune of Garwa Baja and Murali. He was accompanied by other guests in the dance.