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Vipasha Sinha
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The Assamese community will get together today for the spring festival _ Rangali Bihu

Culture Connect:An Assamese folk dance
Culture Connect:An Assamese folk dance

Vipasha Sinha

From folk dance to songs and from fun games to traditional food, the Assamese community in the city is gearing up to recreate their spring festival, Rangali Bihu. The Assam Association of Chennai is celebrating the festival, at CLRI ground, Adyar today. This annual event is aimed at bringing together the Assamese in the city. “This is a very special event for all the Assamese as we all gather in our traditional attires to get the feel of our State. People look forward to this and start preparations well ahead. While in Assam Bihu is celebrated for seven days, in Chennai it is only one,” says Indu Kalta, organising secretary of the association.

The organisers who have been doing this for more than 10 years now begin preparations from January. Practice sessions for the traditional dance forms of the state also begin months ahead.

“This year, we will be showcasing a traditional dance called Husouri. We have never attempted this dance form before. We do not bring artistes from Assam to perform because we want the locals to exhibit their talents,” added Mr. Indu Kalta.

Launch of the association’s annual magazine Cauvery will be part of the event. In addition to this the association organises a number of events throughout the year. The festival is open to all. For details, contact 98409 43308 / 98405 88738.

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