Invitation Letter: Ranjit Gogoi's Bihu dance troupe to perform at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Saturday, 18 August, 2012‏

From: Tavinder N.
Sent on: Friday, August 17, 2012 12:54 PM

Dear Friends :

You are all cordially invited to a colourful Bihu dance performance from ASSAM at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan performed by Ranjit Gogoi's 13 member dance group with (dhol, pepa, gagana, buffalo horn) .

This event has been organised by FASS (Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters) in collaboration with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 4a Castletown Road,West Kensington, London W14 9HE on Saturday, 18 August, 2012 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Yours Sincerely Rini Kakati Assam Co-ordinator for UK Tel:[masked]


Bihu Dance: Bihu is the National festival of Assam. Irrespective of caste, creed and religion the people of Assam celebrate Bihu with much pomp and gaiety.  It is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The mood of spring is celebrated with bihu dance - one of the unique art forms of India with the accompaniment of lust and beats of drum along with indigenous instruments like buffalo-horn pipe young boys and girls clad in golden Muga silk sing and dance to the tune of seductive bihu songs oven around the themes of love and passion. It is an experience out of this world. Assam's culture has a rich heritage of fairs and festivals which are celebrated by her people in great merriment including the tribes, other communities and people in general.

Choreographer - Ranjit Gogoi: Ranjit Gogoi is a household name in Assam as a well-known Bihu dance choreographer. He is the chief workshop director in Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalashetra, Guwahati. The popular artist of North-East India - Ranjit Gogoi and his troupe been have performed at various countries in the world including Russia, South Africa, Seychelles, Re-union-Island, Mauritius, Bhutan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Switzerland.

Bihu dance performance: About Assam: Assam situated at the foothills of the Himalayas is a tiny state (78,438 square kilometres) in the Northeast corner of India and is linked to the rest of India by a narrow corridor between Bhutan and Bangladesh. Assam is renowned for its flora and fauna and for its natural resources and minerals. Assam is the richest state in India. It provides 55% of the total tea produced in the country, 60% of crude oil and 100% plywood for India. Over and above this a considerable amount of coal, jute, timber and 95% of the world's syllemnite are produced in Assam. Assam was an independent kingdom until 1826 when it came under British rule and became part of India . In fact, the British entered Assam in 1824, and introduced tea cultivation and now Assam is the largest tea producing country in the world. The Kaziranga National Park of Assam is famous for the world's wonderful and endangered creature, the one horn Rhinoceros (Rhino). Weaving is the traditional craft of the Assamese, the women of almost every houshold take pride in their possession of a handloom. They use their handlooms to produce silk and cotton clothes of exquisite designs. Mahatma Gandhi complimented the Assamese weavers as artists who could weave dreams in their loom.

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