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Assamese in Gulf celebrates New Year's Day

The Assamese community celebrated Rongali Bihu over the weekend. Well-known artistes from Assam entertained a 150-strong crowd in Dubai.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Dubai
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2008 05:53 PM IST

The Assamese community in the Gulf celebrated Rongali Bihu to mark the Assamese New Year's Day over the weekend even as the festival started in Assam on Monday.

Well-known artistes from Assam entertained a 150-strong crowd in Dubai at a hotel.

Moinul Haque, one of the biggest names in the art of mime in India, kept the audience in raptures in a 30-minute show.

Krishnamani Nath entertained the crowd with Assamese modern songs and Bihu songs.

Another high point of the programme was the one-man humour act of Devaprasanna Das.

"We celebrate Bihu in the Gulf a few days in advance since our artistes become tied down once the festival gets under way in Assam," Dilip Bora, a Dubai-based Assamese professional, told IANS.

In Oman, over 100 expatriate Assamese gathered at the Al Sawadi Beach Resort, 100 km from Muscat, to celebrate the event.

Well-known Assamese ghazal singer Anirban Das was the prime attraction of the show.

"Though Anirban Das is known for his ghazals, he sang a number of Bihu songs to mark the occasion," Sandeep Barooah, a Muscat-based Assamese told IANS.

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