Budi Diwali was celebrated with pomp in Katogada of Shilanji Panchayat of Rajgarh area. Usually this festival is celebrated in the Giripar region. After almost 4 decades this festival was celebrated again in Katogada by the Navayuk Mandal.
Keep in mind that once the old Diwali of Katogada was famous in the whole sub-division, but it was stopped 4 decades ago. Katogada is the ancestral village of Vaidya Surat Singh, the head of the Pajota movement.
According to Jai Prakash Chauhan, President of Pajota Freedom Fighters Welfare Association, the first Chief Minister Dr. On the call of YS Parmar, Pahari Artists Association Habban was also established in the year 1974 on the occasion of Budhi Diwali of Katogada and its main patron Dr. YS Parmar and mentor Vaidya Surat Singh were made. Apart from this, along with Jeevan Singh Verma, director Vidya Nand Saraik, tabla player Jai Prakash Chauhan, Sohan Singh, Man Singh Verma and Pt. Sewa Ram, then radio artist Mian Kishan Singh, Lekhram, Mata Ram Atri, Krishan Lal Sehgal, Vidya Devi, Shakuntala Devi, Shamsher Negi, Sherjung Chauhan, Lekh Ram Sharma and Pratap Singh Verma were involved in the Sangh.
The Pahari Artistes Association had performed in front of the Governor in different parts of the district at that time as well as in other districts and Gaiety Theatre.
Sanjay Chauhan, president of Navayuk Mandal, said that the festival was organized after about 40 years with the goal of making the younger generation aware of the culture that has become extinct from the area. In the Budi Diwali held in Katogada, only traditional musical instruments like Harmonium, Shehnai and Dholak etc. are used while discharging their traditional culture.
During on this, Vidyanand Saraik of Sarvodaya Kala Manch, Devthi Mazgaon got acquainted with the decades-old culture. Along with him Shakuntala Tanwar, Tara Kamal, Sita Ram Sharma, Rakesh Sharma, Dilip Singh, Geetram Gandharva, Jagmohan Saraik, Keshav Sharma, Vinod Gandharva, Sanjeev Bragta, Shankar Lal, Sandeep and Dinesh etc. artists entertained people with traditional Karyala and cultural performances. entertained.
People appreciated the disguise of the monk and the old man. People continued to enjoy the program till 6 in the morning.