GUWAHATI, April 26 - The Assamese community of Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC decided gathered recently to celebrate Rongali Bihu outside the Kingsview Middle School in Germantown, Maryland recently, a press release received here stated.
The participants were full of gusto and the programmes were varied. The participants ranged from the age group of 3 to 60+ years. The enthusiasm of the children was the most heartwarming as they embraced the traditions of a land about which they mostly heard and experienced, at the most, once in a year.
There were solo instrumentals – little Sameeha with her violin recital, a flute recital by the veteran, Deva Borah and a Harmonica recital by Arundhotee, dances and songs by the little ones – Dhanvi, little Abhigya, little Hanna, Little Raya, little Giana, Ashwin, Ishan. Yery talented singers, Arundhotee and Rabin Goswami, Anjana Bordoloi, Satyen Das and Nipika Borah led the entertainment for this community from the front. The professional dancers that had joined this community Mitali and Mousumi only contributed in pushing the abundance of talent in this community a notch higher. But the surprise element on the agenda was a locally grown band, the Luit Brothers that enthralled the crowd.
And there were highly engaging community items as well, which started off with an adults chorus, a kids chorus, and a Zikir, all led by the renowned performer Rabin Goswami, a fashion show that showcased the rich customary wear of the North East of India, choreographed by Anjana, Babi and Shabiha. The evening ended on a very high note with a stupendous performance by the DC ‘bihu husori dol’ that got the crowd swaying, clapping and joining in as well.
Vying with the programmes was the aroma of home cooked pitha pona, that the ladies of the community presented, sacrificing their personal time and effort. Food is an integral part of Bihu, which was relished by all alike in a feast that was fit for a king.
The young comperes led by the very able Rimjhim, not just presented the evening but ensured that the evening was engaging and participative. The occasion was opened by Aruna Borpujari by lighting the inaugural lamp and with the release of the magazine Jaapi by Monoranjan Bezboruah.
The evening drew to an end with a soulful rendition of O Mur Apunar Desh by the entire audience.