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“Bouquet of 8 Flowers”

A fashion parade of colorful ethnic attires from north east

BihuA North East Cultural Dance Festival & Fashion Show was organized by Assam Association Delhi at India Gate Lawn recently as a part of its Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Various artists and more than 20 renowned models from Assam arrived in capital to bring the culture, tradition, Ethnic Fashion and Folk dance forms from the land of festivals.

Chief Guest Hon’ble Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar inaugurated the programme by lightning ‘Mashals’ while rendering a beautiful song ‘Apoorva Milan Ka Raag’ by Songs and Drama division of Assam. He appreciated the efforts of Assam Association and praised their services towards Assam’s remarkable diversity of the Culture. “Assam Association is contributing to the unity of India, while preserving our enormous diversity. I wish them many more years of fruitful service to the Assam’s culture” he added. Chief Justice of Delhi High Court M.K. Sharma was also present to enjoy this colorful evening.

Artists appeared very keen in grasping the attention of the audiences by presenting various folk and traditional dance forms like ‘Satriya Dance’- a devotional dance which portrayed ‘Krishna Janma Katha’, a spectacular dance ‘Laiharaoba’ from Manipur.

Pragramme continued with a fashion parade named “Bouquet of 8 Flowers” by designer Madhumita Sekia was a complete depiction of Northeast- A region of superfluous natural beauty and peace with exotic flora and fauna. The collective region is a picture of nature in its truest form unexplored and unexploited. The fashion show named “Bouquet of 8 Flowers” because it exhibited attires form the eight states Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

Pure Monga Silk fabric was used by designer Madhumita Sekia in her all designs, first round was a peculiar traditional round where feathers, traditional and tribal jewellery was used. In the second round designer presented casual wares meant for working people and college students, where traditional fabrics from Assam were used largely. Third round was full of colorful attires with western touch.

After this spectacular fashion show, the sequence of dances continued with ‘Bardoi Sikhla’ a dance form of Boda tribe, ‘Cherao’ dance from Mizoram, ‘Ojapali Deodhani’ nritya- a Assam devotional folk, ‘War dance’ from Nagaland, ‘Abotanai’ dance from Arunachal Pradesh, ‘Bhortal Nritya’ devotional dance form, ‘Phailela’ from Tripura, Martial art from Manipur, the penultimate dance performance was from Meghalaya called ‘Nongkhrem’, Programme concluded with last but not the least and most awaited dance from ‘Bihu’.