Ban Theater is the first modern Assamese theatre hall. The Ban Theatre was established in the year 1906. Many of the great modern Assamese dramas were first staged here. Assamese cultural icons Rupkonowar Jyoti Prasad Agarwal, Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Nata Surya Phani Sharma performed dramas through Ban Theater. There have been many a live performances at the Ban Theatre in Tezpur, whcih is famously connected to Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Bishnu Rabha ,Phani Sarma. The tradition of performing modern theatre continues till today.
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Bhangra and its music originated from farmers in Punjab where agriculture is the prime profession. The songs are those that the men would sing while tending to their fields, sowing the seeds and harvesting crops. Traditional Bhangra movements reflect the many aspects of tending to the land and growing crops. Since agricultural work was done mainly by the men and young boys, the dance steps are boisterous and manly. The version performed by women is called Giddha.
Bhavai is as much a form of entertainment as it is a kind of ritual offering made to the goddess Amba. According to scholars, the term Bhavai is composed of two words - Bhava and Aai. Bhava means universe and Aai is mother; together they signify the mother of the universe, Amba. Another interesting definition comes from the fact that the three letters of Bha-va-I symbolize the Past, Present and Future. Thus, through Bhavai the performers try to interpret the present based on learning from the past while depicting future scenarios.