GUWAHATI, May 7 - Rongali Bihu was celebrated in Washington DC, USA by the Assamese-American community with full verve and vigour recently, a press relase stated. The �Bihubolia� Assamese community came out dressed in their finest traditional Assamese wear to celebrate the greatest festival of Assam.
There was an art and craft exhibition organised by Sultana Rita and judged by Dinah and Junu Bezbarua, where the children had an opportunity to showcase their talents and art made with buttons of kopous and japi�s and Bihu dancers were presented. The programme was inaugurated by veteran Aruna Borpujari with the traditional lighting of the lamp. The spirited and enthusiastic participation of the second and third generation of Assamese-American children was what held the ray of hope bright of passing on our rich cultural heritage to our much deserving posterity.
Renowned artiste Rabin Goswami enthralled the crowd as always. There was also a Bihu hussori and an ojapali performance led by Niren Choudhury from New Jersey. Laudable performances were presented by Arundhati Goswami, Anjana Bordoloi and Satyen Das along with Generation Z.
Among the outstanding performances of the evening however was the astounding performance of the children in a skit, Suror Satsori, conceived and directed by Arundhotee Goswami, the president of the organising committee, with music direction by Rabin Goswami and dance direction by Anjana Bordoloi. It was a dance drama paying ode to the seven stalwarts of Assamese culture: Srimanta Sankaradeva, Azan Fakir, Bishnu Rabha, Pratima Pandey, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Parbati Prasad Barua and Bhupen Hazarika.
The enthusiasm of the crowd held strong till the very end as the crowd joined in to dance to the beats of the dhol late into the night. The evening ended on a very high note with an equally delightful dinner, the release added.