GUWAHATI, April 18 - Assamese people from all over the UK gathered recently with their families and friends in Hornchurch, Greater London to celebrate Rongali Bihu, a press release stated.
The sound of Bihu songs and the aroma of Assamese foods filled the air. Bornali Kalita, a renowned singer from Assam added glitter to the occasion. The dancing bihuwas brought the Bihu spirit in full to the London Bihutoli. The young and not so young, Assamese and non-Assamese alike joined in the fun, making it a truly vibrant evening.
The day began with a Bihu jalpan of pitha- pona, laru and doi chira provided by London Bihu Committee (LBC) members � Bhabani Kakati, Neera Borkakoti, Geeta Borooah, Krishna Baruah, Suravi Lahon, Urbashi Barua, Rimli Das Borkakoti and Mamoni (Gita) Sarmah. This was followed by musical chairs where the competition was stiff, the youngest participant being a 2 year old!
Jiten Borkakoti as president of the LBC welcomed the guests with an opening address. This was followed by the Luitparia Cultural Group of London presenting a well-choreographed Dasavatar Nritya. The LBC members sang Asom Amar Rupahi.. as a chorus. Popular Assamese songs and Bihu dances were performed by various local artists before Bornali Kalita walked on to the stage to captivate the audience with her hit songs. Mamoni (Gita) Sarmah as the general secretary of the LBC presented a gift to Bornali Kalita on behalf of the LBC and also offered the vote of thanks.
Rishi Kakati, Sanjay Sikdar and Jay Borkakoti compered the event. Zaved Choudhury and Manas Borah took charge of publicising the event and they were supported by Javed Rahman, Pallabita Borah and Afreen Rasul. Dinesh Kakati, Apurba Baruah, Jayanta Barua, Amit Sarmah, Khogeswar Lahon, Sasha Sikdar, Bornali Bahia, Neeta Borkakoti, Susannah Kakati and Jibon Gogoi helped in the efficient running of the day. A raffle held at the end of the day added an extra helping of joy to the already fun-filled evening.
The evening ended with a delicious Indian dinner and the audience left happy promising to themselves to meet again at the next year�s Bihu. The members of the LBC were extremely happy to see the level of satisfaction and recommitted themselves enthusiastically to keep the tradition of holding a Rongali Bihu every year in London alive, the release by Dr Amrit Sarmah added.