GUWAHATI, April 16 - In a bid to ensure that the spirit of Rongali Bihu remains intact amid the fight to check the spread of COVID-19, singer Angaraag Mahanta aka Papon organised a three-day concert live on social media platforms on April 14, 15 and 16.
The innovative mode of �virtual� Bihu celebration generated a lot of enthusiasm among fans as a number of artistes including singing sensation Zubeen Garg joined the online concert from Mumbai and extended Bihu greetings to the people of Assam.
Bihu songs, dance and music form the soul of the festival of Bohag Bihu that marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year. In normal times, the entire State reverberates to dhol beats and songs. Affected by the global pandemic however, this major festival was celebrated indoors by the people this time.
�Unfortunately this year since the people of Assam and all the Assamese people around the globe will not be able to step out to celebrate, I thought why not keep up with the celebrations by using the digital medium. This live concert is dedicated to the festival, to spread positivity and bring people together virtually. I was joined by some of my friends on April 15 in the live session. I am really excited and happy to be curating these sessions,� Papon said, at the same time asking people to stay indoors and spread positivity.
Fans and viewers were in for a real treat as singers like Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Richa Sarma, Zublee and others joined the online concert and hummed several songs, including some popular Bihu numbers. The concert went live on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube at 6.30 pm each day. The singer also took requests from viewers.
Heart throb Zubeen Garg in a video chat with Papon, wished the people on the occasion of Bihu from Mumbai. Zubeen also informed the people about his better health condition and his upcoming musical projects.