GUWAHATI, April 21 - The Assam Association, Mumbai celebrated Rongali Bihu on April 16 at Goregaon (E) in the encouraging presence of a large number of Assamese people from all over the city, said the Association in a press release mailed to this newspaper today.
The programme began with lighting of the ceremonial lamp, followed by the performance of an Assamese fusion dance by Adrita Bokolial, a little girl. The public enjoyed several Bihu performances by various groups from different parts of the city.
Group song performance by ladies, Bihu geets by Surangana Borah Nancy, Nimisha Phukan Sonowal, Debjani, Shikha Bordoloi, Mridushmita Hazarika, Dr Kakoly Borthakur, Rupam Mahanta, Bollywood celebrity singer and actress Parineeta Borthakur were the highlights of the evening. Devoleena Bhattacharjee of Star Plus fame (Gopi Bahu) mesmerised the crowd with a Bihu dance performance. The programme culminated with a husori and Mukoli Bihu.
The organisers of the function felicitated former president of The Assam Association, Mumbai Sudhir Handique and Rupanjali Barua for their contributions to the society. Both of them appraised the gathering of the formation of the Association and their various initiatives.
On the occasion, oil industry veteran CK Baruah was honoured for his immense contributions to the growth and development of oil and gas fields in Assam and Mumbai offshore. Baruah in response advised the members of the gathering to work hard to arrive at their long-cherished goals.
Resident Commissioner of Mumbai, Assam Bhawan, Debashish Sharma was the guest of honour of the evening.
The members of the gathering mourned the sad demise of former treasurer of The Assam Association Gunin Barpujari, and prayed for the eternal peace of his soul. Barpujari was an integral part of the Assamese society in Mumbai for quite a long time and the gathering described his demise as a big loss to the Assamese community living in Mumbai.
The evening concluded with a �Preeti Bhoj� in which Assamese culinary delights were served to the elation of the guests.
The programme was anchored efficiently by Prashanti Borah Hazarika.