As­samese to cel­e­brate Magh Bihu with folk dance, songs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

On the oc­ca­sion of Magh Bihu, t he As­sam As­so­ci­a­tion, Mum­bai, or­gan­ised a cul­tural pro­gramme at Sankalp nurs­ery in Vashi on Satur­day.

Around 2, 000 As­samese re­sid­ing across Mum­bai, Navi Mum­bai and Thane are ex­pected to gather at the venue.

The pro­gramme will start with Bihu songs and dances per­formed by a few renowned artistes from the com­mu­nity.

It will be fol­lowed by a mu­si­cal fu­sion by a team based in Mum­bai. Women teams from Pan­vel, Kharghar, Vashi and Kopar Khairane will per­form var­i­ous folk dances and songs. A com­mu­nity feast with tra­di­tional As­samese cui­sine has also

been or­gan­ised to con­clude the cel­e­bra­tion.

Deep­ankar Bor­go­hain, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the As­sam As­so­ci­a­tion, Mum­bai, said Magh

Bihu is a har­vest fes­ti­val which marks the end of har­vest­ing sea­son in the month of Maagha.

“In As­sam, there is a prac­tice of peo­ple build­ing makeshift huts called ‘ Bhela Ghar’ and pre­par­ing tra­di­tional dishes in those huts on the night be­fore Bihu. They en­joy the whole night with Bihu songs and bon­fire and then burn the huts next morn­ing,” Bor­go­hain said.

Af­ter the burn­ing of huts, peo­ple sit down to en­joy their fill of tra­di­tional As­samese food. In the vil­lages, peo­ple also wit­ness bull­fights and bird fights.

Amid the en­chant­ing notes of flutes and buf­falo horns, the youth sing Bihu songs with lyrics of a good har­vest.

“In Mum­bai, how­ever, we can­not cel­e­brate it like that, but we leave no stone un­turned to make our peo­ple get the flavour of our soil. We have been cel­e­brat­ing Bihu by or­gan­is­ing such cul­tural func­tions ev­ery year not only to mark the fes­ti­val but also to cre­ate a bet­ter so­cial un­der­stand­ing which is quite im­por­tant in a mul­ti­cul­tural, mul­tilin­gual and multi- eth­nic so­ci­ety like ours,” he added.

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Magh Bihu is cel­e­brated ev­ery year by invit­ing artistes to per­form the tra­di­tional song and dance.

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