Assamese in Gulf celebrates New Year's Day
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.