Guwahati, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Assamese diaspora celebrates Rongali Bihu

 GUWAHATI, April 21 – Rongali or Bohag Bihu marks the advent of spring and the beginning of the Assamese new year. This festival also signifies fun, prosperity and growth. During this joyous season, the traditional Assamese Bihu is being celebrated regionally at different cities throughout North America, an e-mail received here stated.

The Assam Association of Alberta hosted the community event in Calgary, a fast growing cowboy town of western Canada on April 12, with much fanfare at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, where 17 families graced the occasion. There were guests from Edmonton and Red Deer as well.

The event started with a meet and greet session. Then the people relished jalpan, which included doi, bora chaol, gur and cream along with different pithas and larus. After that, the Assam Association of Alberta continued with the annual general body meeting . Then the new committee was formed for 2014-2015.

In the evening after a short tea break, activities resumed with the day’s attraction – the cultural show. The function began with the Assamese anthem, O Mor Apunar Desh. The cultural show started with a entertaining Bihu dance by the kids - Ivy, Dhruv, Heeya, Rivan and Shivan. Thereafter, a scintillating Bollywood dance was presented by Maya Dutta Boruah. Modern Assamese dance was performed by Arnav and Omkar. The much-awaited bhaona Sokunir Protisodh was presented by the members. The bhaona was written and edited by Ashwini Sharma. The bhaona was initiated and assisted by Geetashree Apte and Shanaz Rahman. Abhishruti Boruah did the sound mixing. All the members contributed in making the costumes and getup.

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