The Assamese community in Muscat has grown day by day and at present more than 35 families are living in Oman. The community has been celebrating the Rongali Bihu since long time and this year it was celebrated on 8th April with much enthusiasm & fun. An evening cultural program was organized by Axom Xamaj, Muscat at Sur Hall – a big hall of Hotel Holiday Inn – a 4 star category hotel at the heart of Muscat. The function started in evening & continued till past midnight. About 150 persons attended the function. The Assamese community in large numbers along with some other Indian families & some foreign guests also participated in the glittering evening.
People thoroughly enjoyed the nightlong function & most of the persons took part in impromptu dancing. A sumptuous dinner was organized at the end of the function. There was lot of laughter, patriotic nostalgia, fond memories & people thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings.
The cultural function began with a poignant depiction of Bihu by Dr. Bipul Bhuyan who expressed the heartache felt by the Assamese people staying away from home at the far away place & feeling about home at the time of this joyous festival. The popular & talented singer Zubeen Garg was invited from India for the show. His beautiful wife Gorima also accompanied him. The children of the community had performed various entertaining dances in tune with Assamese & Hindi song. The cultural program was started with a dance to the tune of popular Assamese song “Moore Jiwanare Sakha Krishna ---” performed by our lovely budding talent below 10 years. The dance was choreographed by Neeta Baruah. A short skit was then presented by the children on “Computer Virus” written & directed by Phanijyoti Sarma- an engineer serving in PDO. The audience had thorough laugh on the skit & appreciated the acting of the children. Another dance was performed by our teenaged children to the tune of a Bolywood song. The dance was choreographed by Mimi, a class –ten student of Indian School, Muscat. She was ably supported & dresses were organized by Neeta, Parveen, Poomani & Umi –the wives of the engineers serving in different companies of Oman. Phani Sarma also guided in the Bihu dance participated by Rajnish, Naba, Phani, Sanjay, Pankaj, Binay, Ujjal, Padum, Sukanya, Poomani, Neeta, Sakuntala, Eema & Monti Bhuyan.
Zubeen enthralled the attending crowd with various Assamese & Hindi songs including Bihu songs. The crowd in large numbers enjoyed the show even dancing to the tune of the songs at the front side of the stage.
A spectacular fashion show was organized by the dresses brought by Zubeen,s wife Garima who is a dress designer herself. The attending crowd thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show taken part by the gents, ladies & children of the Assamese community. The program became instant hit & was widely applauded by the people present. The whole cultural program was MCed by Nandini Neog.
As the glittering evening function came to an end people had with them the togetherness of the community love & fond memories. The days of the rehearsals will be remembered for long days which brought togetherness to the Assamese people. Even the food arranged during the meeting & rehearsal days were prepared & brought by all the different families as if all the people belong to the same family
Persons like Dr. Bipul Bhuyan, Dr. Ranjit Bhuyan, Mufti Alam Sagir, Raju Hazarika, Phanijyoti Sarma, Sanjay Barua, Rajnish Goswami, Binay Chetri, Naba Bhuyan, Pankaj Neog, Pearl Bezbaruah, Kaijar, Monti Bhuyan, Dr. Dipali Bhuyan, Neeta Barua , Umi, Parveen, Poomani, Sakuntala, Sukanya and all others put lot of efforts & whole heartedly helped in making this Overseas Bihu a grand success.
For Axom Xamaj, Muscat