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Assam Day 2003 in UK

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Assam Day 2003, held on 23rd and 24th August 2003, in Brooklands Hotel, Barnsley, Yorkshire, was well attended by many Assamese living in the UK and was a grand success. It was a colorful, relaxing and enjoyable weekend where the old and the young participated in open forums, debates, discussions and cultural activities with great enthusiasm.

The first evening, organized by Bhupen Sharma, was devoted to the young participants and they rose to the occasion exhibiting their talents in Assamese folk and Indian classical dances, and renditions in instrumental music. The second day started with addresses by the President and the General Secretary, Kamini Aranadhara and Probir Brahma, respectively, followed by a ten-minute banter from Jay Borkakati and Nina Goswami on their views of Assam, and presentations by both Ranjit Barua and Jitendralal Borkakati. Notable artists for this particular musical evening, organized by Nripen Borkataki, included an Assamese violinist Manoj Barua and Xatriya dancer Rupali Barua. However, the main performer was Xomor Hazarika. He won the hearts of the audience singing his own songs together with some old classics.

The dinner was attended by the Mayor of Barnsley, Mr William Newman and his wife Patricia Newman.

(Nina Goswami/Romen Goswami, London, UK)