Bharti Airtel, India’s leading mobile services provider, in collaboration with Assam Tourism Development Corporation & the Sports Club of Assam, innovatively presented the biggest Japi ever on the occasion of Rongali Bihu 2009. V.V. R. Murthy from Limca Book of Records Delhi arrived Tuesday and assessed the 40 ft diameter Japi at Digalipukhuri, Guwahati to be the biggest one ever.
Murthy confirmed this record as the first one from Assam this year and stated that the last one from the region was during the Autumn Festival in Meghalaya – of the biggest Jalebi.
The historic venue of Dighalipukhri Park, Ambari, Guwahati, was chosen as the venue for the making of the Historic Japi where about 20 artisans from Nalbari, Assam started the historic project from the 13th April 2009 onwards.
The 40ft Japi was completed on a record time of seven days by 20 artisans from Balamukhkhuchi, Nalbari. Airtel rewarded these artists with an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh each at a star studded function
The closing function was held on April 20, graced by eminent dignitaries & celebrities including Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, as the chief guest; Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami, who had earlier flagged off the Bihu toli yatra of Snehalaya children and eminent film maker, Kalpana Lajmi.
Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami graced the occasion and delivered her speech with pearls of wisdom when she recited a few lines about Mother Nature and the Japi being a protector of human lives as it protects us from the rain & hot sun.
The other dignitaries present included G.M. Srivastav DGP Assam Police who presented some insights on non verbal communication and renowned Assamese actresses Moloya Goswami, Zerifa Wahid & Borosha Rani Bishaya, Father Lukose, Director Snehalaya and father Joseph Thellekat, Principal Don Bosco.
The MD ATDC, Mr D. Goswami confirmed the preservation and future of the Japi to be at the historic Digalipukhuri Park itself.