Asam Sahitya Sabha UK (ASSUK) celebrates Silpi Divas and Magh Bihu in Leicester


Braving the adverse, below freezing temperature with heavy snow, people from  all over the UK drove to be together to show their solidarity to celebrate Silpi Divas and Bhogali Bihu on 19th January 2013 at St Mathews Hall, Leicester, East Midlands, UK. People were welcomed with traditional Assamese snacks such as doi, sira ,komol sawul,laru pitha and other hot food to settle down to enjoy this unique occasion where two celebrations are combined together.

After the welcome speech by Lahori Barthakur, President, a short but a very informative film on Jyoti Prasad Agarwala by Padmashree Surjya  Hazarika was shown. The film was very well received by the audience who were overwhelmed by rediscovering Jyotiprasad’s  multi talented geneous.

The Cultural evening  started with Sali Nritya by  Sabita Saikia of JugalBondi, Guwahati. Sabita and her disciple Juhimon Das performed four Xatriya Dances that included Sali Nritya, Daxaavatar, Jhumra, and Bhortal. Each dance was performed at a spiritual and soulful standard. Juhi is only sixteen year old. Her powerful performance of Jhumra and Bhortal nritya, Sabita’s Sali Nritya , and Sabita and Juhi’s Daxaavatar Nritya will be remembered for a long time by the audience present. Mayapee Sangeeta Chowdhury’s recitation with a twist of her own poems on the recent rape in India ,called ‘Pointless’ and ‘New Journey’. Rishii Chowdhury  and Samyami Sangeeta (Chowdhury ) Sharma, brother and sister duo’s flute and Tabla recital brought warmth to the audience on a very bitter British winter night along with Surabhi Lahon and Shohida Haque’s appropriate rendition of songs and Geeta Barooah’s poetry recitation. Despite the bitter cold winter, the audience were high spirited and danced Bihu at the end.

The feast was excellent with home cooked khar tenga and other items of delicacy to provide a perfect ending to the event. Manjira Chowdhury thanked everyone’s support including Juhi’s mother, Manjula Das from Assam who sent ghila pitha, til pitha,and narikol pitha, Padmashree Surjya Hazarika for sending the film to show, Sabita Saikia and Juhi for coming all the way from Assam to perform in the bitter cold winter, Sunny Saikia, Bhargab Sharma’s technical input. She highly appreciated the enthusiasm and the solidarity provided on that evening. Challenges were faced in organising the event  especially due to the sudden spell of heavy snow and treacherous road conditions for guests to travel. However, the positive human spirit prevailed and Silpi Divas and Bhogali Bihu was a grand success.

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