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Assam Day 2008

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london2.jpgDuring the weekend of 23rd and 24th of August Assamese community in the UK celebrated the most liked annual Assamese event, Assam Day, in Yorkshire. The event was held in the Brooklands Hotel in Barnsley. The function begun solemnly with three minutes silence observed in respect paid to three Assamese, Dr. Era Saharia, Dr. Tapan Sharma and Sarif Hussain who sadly passed away recently. The President of the Assam Association Bhupendra Dev Sarmah gave a welcome speech to the guests.

The Consul-General of India in Birmingham Mrs Jordana Pavel was the guest of honour .In her gala dinner speech the Consul-General praised the Assam Association for their splendid effort in uniting all people from Assam in UK and organising function such as Assam Day, She mentioned her fond memories of Assam from her younger days. The Consul-General was particularly impressed by the high achievement of Assamese people in UK. She thanked Assam Association for inviting her to the Assam Day.

Mr. Joyprakash and Marami Medhi, two invited artists from Assam, delighted the guests by their performances. Joyprakash sang beautiful Assamese songs and his wife Marami Medhi delighted the audience by performing elegant Assamese classical dances. Artists from various parts of the UK participated in the cultural show adding further to the delight of the audience.

Assam Day is a meaningful and significant event of the Assamese in UK. It symbolises unity, friendship, mutual help and genuine endeavour by all to maintain close link with Assam and its cultural heritage alive.

Sanchayita Sharma, UK