Dubai, April 17: The Assamese Community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated RongaliBihu on 16th April last, with traditional fervor and gaiety.

This year a record of over 250 people gathered at the Metropolitan Palace Hotel Dubai for a cultural evening featuring popular guest artistes from Assam as well as local pool of talents from UAE. The guest artistes to have graced the occasion coming all the way from Assam were JayantaNath, MonishaBordoloi, PrijyaHazarika and Prayashi Bora.

The Chief Guest for the Program was Mr. Sanjay Verma, the newly joined Consul General of India based in Dubai. The Consul General accompanied by his wife MrsSangitaVerma, congratulated the organizers for the excellent display of traditional Assamese attires, food items as well the rich cultural heritage of the State. Senior Dubai resident AswiniBorkotoky, welcomed the gathering on behalf of the organizers, Assam Society, UAE. The guests were felicitated with the traditional gamosa and souvenirs.

One of the star attractions of the grand evening was noted Assamese Singer, dancer and musician, Mrs. MonishaBordoloi, who enthralled the audience with new songs as well as popular songs from yesteryears including lilting Bihu songs.

Another star attraction of the program was the guest artiste JayantaNath from Jorhat. JayantaNath, a singer, composer and music director, entertained the audience in his inimitable style with a variety of Assamese and folk songs, with the audience literally dancing to his tunes. This is the second time, after his performance in Dubai in 2006, that Sri Nath appeared in the Bihu Celebrations of the Society. Sri Nath also inaugurated his new music album entitled ‘Manabata’ in the same program.The duo of JayantaNath and MonishaBordoloi also put up an impressive joint performance which took the show well past midnight to the joy of those present. They were supported by ParthaGoswami, SumonBordoloi and ArindamBaruah in background scores.

Instrumental Numbers by Prayashi Bora, Guwahati The cultural function got off to an early start with ‘Okonir Mel’ where the tiny‐tots had the opportunity to display their talents in different areas. All the young participants received gifts in order to encourage participation in future events and also carry on the tradition of Assamese Culture. Children were also given away prizes for participating in the Drawing Competition organized in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the eve of the Bihu celebrations. Mr. AmiruddinAjmal, head of Dubai and Assam based Ajmal Perfumes Group, distributed the prizes.One of the highlights of the program was the very lively Hussori performance. The hussori troupe was led by ParthaPratimGoswami and supported by SumonBordoloi, DayanandaGogoi, BibhutiBrata Sharma, Sandeep Bhagowati, DipakTumung, IswarPrasanna Das, TandeepBhagowati, Shyamoli Pathak Bora, Dimple Bhagowati, SumanaBhuyan and SumanKhaundBaruah.

A chorus, ‘SrimoyiAxomorXitolbukut’, was performed by SumonKhoundBarua, SangitaBhagowati, SumanaBhuyan, Dimple Bhagowati, Mommy Dowerah, DayanandaGogoi, SumonBordoloi, DipakTumung, Arman Hazorika, Sandeep Bhagowati with the accompaniment of background music by ParthaGoswami, ArindamBaruah and Shyamoli Pathak Bora.The program was ably compeered by Abidul Islam (Abu Dhabi) and Syed Faruk Ahmed (Dubai) – both first timers for such an event in UAE. The memorable moments of the Bihu celebrations were captured in her lens by IpsitaBarua with a professional touch.The 5th edition of ProbaxiBihuwan, the souvenir of Assam Society (UAE), Dubai was unveiled by Mr. Sanjay Verma, the honourable Consul General of India, the same evening.

The eventful evening also witnessed the formal launch of the new look website of the Society at www.assamuae.org . Also launched was the new logo of Assam Society, UAE – designed by Mrs. SumanaBhuyan.The dinner organized at the hotel premises had Assamese flavor too – with helpings of Rou Fish Fry and Kawoi Fish curry.This is the 12th year that the Assam Society, Dubai, has organized this event, having started off way back in 1999 with a two day outdoor programme at the Bin Majid Beach Resort in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

This year saw a surge in Sponsors for the program with some sponsors even from far away Assam. The sponsors were Petrochem, Ajmal Perfumes, Al Khaleej Sugar, AbharanJewellery, Al Dowobi, Avon Division of Al Hathboor Group, Bank of Baroda, Barbeque Delight, Carlease, Citibank, Colgate Total, Holcim Trading FZCO, Home Centre, IORA (Kaziranga), Life Insurance Corporation, MotiMahal Restaurant, Paras Pharma FZE, Premier Enterprises (Guwahati0, Samsung Gulf, Stargate, Al Murshidi Perfumes, Tumung Property Consultants (Guwahati), Jaffrey Zaman, UAE Exchange and Zee TV Network.

For the first time for a Bihu Celebrations, several competitions were organized this year – including ‘Sriman‐Srimoyee’ Contest – best attired male and female from among the audience, Food Mela – a competition to recognize best ethnic food/ snack preparations, Okonir Mel – to spot and encourage young talents from among the community. Food Mela saw a huge response from several expert cooks who prepared authentic and delicious Bihuspecialities…the young generation participated actively in Okonir Mel and the Painting Competition…a handful of secret judges selected Sriman and Srimoyee 2010. 1st and 2nd prize winners in male category were TonmoyBarooah and Rajesh Goswami respectively, whereas in the female category Yasmin Hazarika was the winner and DeepikaKataky was the runners’up.Also on display on the venue were traditional dresses brought all the way from Assam – courtesy Fabric Plus, Guwahati and handcrafted dresses by MrsPhunu Dutta of Abu Dhabi.The event was organized successfully with a host of active members from Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi ably led by AnupalPhookan.

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