GUWAHATI, April 24 � The Assamese community in the Columbus area of Ohio, USA, organised a Rongali Bihu function on April 18, an e-mail received here stated. Many people of Assamese origin, who reside in Midwest USA, took part in it with traditional fervour and gaiety. The occasion gave the small Assamese community of the area an opportunity to usher in the Assamese New Year and celebrate their cultural heritage.
Assamese people residing in Michigan and Louisville drove down to Columbus to be a part of the celebrations. In the midst of an Assamese decor, complete with colourful gamosas, japis and sarais put together by enthusiastic volunteers, the function began with a cultural show in which everyone joined with joy. The programme began with an introduction speech to welcome over 80 guests. It was a golden opportunity for the people staying in the neighbouring states of USA to exchange greetings and interact among themselves.
The cultural programme began with a chorus, �Shreemoi Asomi,� performed by a Michigan group. This was followed by a Borgeet and a Bihu dance by the women residents of Columbus. Another group from Columbus sang a chorus, �Kuli Ketekiye,� in memory of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
The show continued with other solo songs and Bihu dance performances. It showcased the talent of children and the dedication of their parents towards sharing the rich Assamese cultural heritage with the next generation. Other highlights of the programme included modern songs, Rabindra Sangeet and a Bollywood dance performance by a couple.
Apart from the musical programme, the event also provided ample opportunities to learn about and recall important aspects of the Assamese culture, history and heritage. A quiz competition and a special Mukoli Bihu programme were held at the end which prompted the audience to get on to the stage and dance to Bihu songs.
The Bihu celebration committee ensured that the event offered a joyous and learning experience to the children who received a variety of gifts and basked in the limelight throughout the day.
The day�s programme came to an end the serving of delicious pithas and larus prepared by the members and volunteers of the Bihu celebration committee. The menu included traditional Assamese dishes, the e-mail added.