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Assamese diaspora holds cultural, literary meet

 GUWAHATI, Nov 5 – The Assamese community in Sydney, Australia, organised a cultural and Literary meet on recently at Epping Leisure Centre, Sydney. The primary aim of this meet was to revisit the Assamese culture and heritage in the form of songs, recitations, drama and literary discussions, in order to help create an environment not only for the present and future generation of Assamese in Australia but to encourage the present and new generations in Assam. This was stated in a press release.

 The evening began with a welcome speech by Dr Manoj Baruah and was then formally inaugurated by Dr Prakash Sarma by lighting a “Bonti”. A medley of various sorts of Assamese songs starting from Borgeet, Lokogeet , Zikir, Bihunam, Biyanam, old & modern songs was performed by a group of artists. A group of Assamese children, most of who were born and raised in Australia, enchanted the audience by reciting O’ phul o’ phul nuphulo kiyo dressed as the characters in the rhyme. Kanika Sharma talked about their book called Ejon Probaxir Atmojeeboni published in Assam and caught the attention of everyone present by a very articulate and interesting speech. This was followed by an eloquently sung Khasi and Goalporia lokogeet by Indrani Kakoty. After that came the power point presentation “Then & Now” by Pronita Karki which talked about how the Assamese community’s Bihu celebrations in Sydney evolved from 1999 till date. A group of enthusiastic teenagers did a presentation after doing some internet search on Assam.

The recitation of Assamese and English poems from local and renowned Assamese poets by Santana Sarma , Soma Das , Deepankar Sarma added further value to the literary section and was loved by all. Arunava Das discussed about the differences between non-fictions, fiction & also about romanticism in writings.

The other important presentations of the evening were Karbi Geet, Jyoti sangeet, Rabha sangeet, Bhupendra sangeet, Jyotish Bhatta and Parboti Prasad Baruah’s song sung by Susmita Baruah, Bhaskar Chetia, Sikha Choudhary and Dr Chintanu Sarma. One of the main attractions of the evening was a drama called Alohi, written and directed by Pranab Jyoti Saikia and acted by Monisankar Baruah, Himadri Baruah, Kamlesh Goswami and few others. The highlight of the evening was the Tukari naam sung by Deepankar Sarma, Suresh Pathak, Dharitri Baruah, Dusmanta Dutta, Atunu Baruah and many others. The evening was smoothly coordinated by Gitanjoli Borah, Mrinal Saikia with logistical help from Simanto Nath, Luki Choudhary and Soma Das.

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