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April 2009

Assamese Community in UAE celebrates Rongali Bihu


The Assamese Community in the     United Arab Emirates (UAE) cel    ebrated Rongali Bihu on 10th April, a couple of days ahead of the actual festival, with traditional fervor and gaiety.

A record number of over 200 people gathered at the Metropolitan Palace Hotel Dubai for a cultural evening featuring popular guest artistes from Assam as we

Sattriya dance culture at the British Library & Museum of Croydon in London

menakaborapeterschiazzaAward winning performer,    choreographer and scholar   Menaka PP Bora has been selected to represent Sattriya dance in a major dance and music exhibition entitled Indian Strings & Dances from 10 April 2009 to 1 August 2009 at the Museum of Croydon in London.

Remembering my three visits with Dr. Bhupen Hazarika

abani3The first time I heard a song sung  by Assam Ratna Dr. Bhupen  Hazarika was in 1948. That song – “Agni jugor firingoti moi…..” captured the hearts of us youngsters so deeply that almost everyone used to either sing, hum or whistle the song all the time. The next year 1949, my oldest brother brought home another Bhupen Hazarika record.

Bihu in Space

Mike Fincke, a NASA astronaut and a son-in-law of Assam recently danced Bihu on the international space station, the first time ever Bihu has been performed in space. Dr. Fincke is married to Renita, daughter of Rupesh and Probha Saikia of Texas. The Saikias are originaly from Jorhat.

Ponderings of a Young Assamese

Sometimes when I get a little     contemplative, I often feel really glad     to have been born an Assamese. I mean, to be born in the heart of Northeast India, a land of beauty and serenity and of course a most secular region of the country. Assam for that matter really has a bounty of natural wealth and splendour.  With the Brahmaputra cutting through its green landscape the region is also the most fertile area of the country, with tremendous potential for both agriculture and industry.

Prajnalaya Receives Support from Around the World

Prajnalaya was established by late  Jugal Bhuyan, an ex-insurgent.   After joining the mainstream, Bhuyan established Prajnalaya with a missionary zeal. His devotion was towards securing a refuge for poor and destitute children where they could imbibe the best values and ideals. Today, Jugal Bhuyan is no more but his dream fulfilled as Non Resident Indians from all over the globe have come forward to support his effort. Please find below a report prepared for Asha for education.