GUWAHATI, April 16 � The Rongali Bihu spirit has gripped the city which is celebrating the occasion with gaiety and aplomb at its different Bihutolis with colourful programmes.
Most of the Bihutolis are celebrating the occasion with programmes lasting three-four days since Thursday.
The Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani � the oldest Bihu organisers of the city � is having a five-day Bihu programme beginning on April 14. TG Baruah, chairman of the Assam Tribune group of newspapers hoisted the Bihu flag at the Latasil playground in the morning to mark the celebrations that include diverse cultural activities.
The group competition of Jeng Bihu started this afternoon while the Bihu Rani and Bihu Kunwari competitions would be held tomorrow evening. The popular Bihu Samragyi contest will follow on April 18.
The Pub-Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan � in its 50th year � is celebrating the occasion from April 14 onward with varied programmes at the Assam Engineering Institute playground. The festivities will conclude tomorrow.
The Sanmilan�s flag was ceremoniously hoisted by former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Birendranath Datta on April 14. The souvenir published on the occasion was released by writer Dr Upen Rabha Hakasam.
The cultural performances brought in acclaimed artistes from the State and outside, and they included much-admired artistes of yesteryears like Kula Baruah, JP Das and Queen Das. Folk dances, Bihu dances and other attractions enhanced the Bihu flavour during the festivities.
A number of sports competitions were part of the celebrations. The women wing of the Sanmilan organised a number of programmes including various song contests.
�Srestha Nasoni� and �Asam Bihuwoti� contests began on April 15 and will conclude tonight.
In its 33rd year, the Madhya-Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani celebrated the occasion with a three-day programme since April 14 in association with the Bharatiya Sanskritik Sambandh Parishad at Nabagraha Kali Mandir Field, Silpukhuri. On the inaugural day, a cultural procession marked the beginning of the Bihu celebrations after which noted physician Dr Alaka Goswami unfurled the Bihu flag.
State-level competitions of Bihu hussori, bihuwoti and on Assamese modern and traditional songs were held on April 14 evening.
The 32-year-old Gitanagar Bihu Sanmilan is showcasing a rich cultural repertoire during its four-day Bihu celebrations that started on April 14. A number of artistes, new as well as established, including Queen Das, JP Das, Kula Baruah, Charu Gohain and Malobika Bora are performing in this popular Bihu venue. A medley of Bihu dances and other cultural presentations are being spread out through out the festivities.
Tomorrow, the Asam Barbihuoti Pratijogita will witness some of the finest Bihu dancers displaying their talent in a keenly fought contest. Today, Bihu Kunwari and Bihu Husori competitions were held.
Another highlight of the celebrations was a body building contest named �Sarir Sree� where over a dozen well-known bodybuilders took part.
The proceedings had begun with the formal hoisting of the Bihu flag by Prahlad Sankar Bhagawati, president of the Gitanagar Bihu Sanmilan on April 14. A felicitation programme, and a magazine commemorating the celebrations also followed. A host of competitions for children and women were part of the event, including games and sports, quiz, and native food contest.
In its 57th year, the Paschim Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan, Bharalumukh, is celebrating the occasion with a four-day programme that started on April 14 with former Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University Kishori Mohan Pathak formally hoisting the Bihu flag.
The day also saw sports and games events, followed by a cultural programme in the evening featuring Tarali Sarma and Mousam Gogoi, among others. Flutist Prabhat Sarma was among the major attractions the next day�s programmed.
Today�s cultural evening will feature singer Dikshu besides a Bihu Kunwari contest. Singer Angarag Mahanta will perform tomorrow.
The Tokobari Mukali Bihu Udjapan Samiti celebrated the occasion with a daylong programme on April 14.
A highlight of the programme was presentation of Bihu dance by Neelam Agarwala and Durgaprasad Agarwala.
The Marwari Yuva Mancha also celebrated Bihu in the city with different programmes that were widely appreciated by the audience.