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Don Bosco students celebrate Rongali Bihu Utsav

By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
Students performing a Bihu Dance during the Rongali Bihu Utsav in Don Bosco School Auditorium.
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Guwahati, May. 12. Started in 2006, the 10th Annual Don Bosco Rongali Bihu, 2015 was celebrated with a colourful day-long programme on May 9, 2015 at the Guwahati Don Bosco school's premises.
Prior to this, a ten-day Bihu Workshop was held in the school premises every afternoon (2:30pm-4:30pm) from April 27-May 6, 2015. The workshop was conducted by Ranjit Gogoi and his team comprising of Bihu Samraggi Nilakshi Borgohain, Simanta Tamuly and dhulias of Assam. The workshop modules included dance, dhol, pepa, taal and hutuli. An art competition with the theme 'Bihu and Assamese Culture' for students from KG-VII and traditional games such as rosi tana, koni jooj, tekeli bhanga, luka bhaku, etc. for students from VIII-XII was held on May 6.

On May 7, a competition on traditional costumes of Northeast India and sharing of mouth watering traditional Bihu delicacies was held. The entire Bihu festivities culminated in the grand Bihu mela which was inaugurated on the morning of May 9 by chief guest Sarodi Saikia, Director, Adult Education, Government of Assam in presence of school Rector and Principal Fr. Sebastian Mathew.

The day-long Bihu mela included a Bihu Nritya competition, exhibition on traditional Assamese paraphernalia, exhibition of a typical village house/scene during Bihu, stalls on ethnic food as well as handloom clothes, homemade delicacies, handicrafts, handwork, etc. followed by a colourful cultural programme by eminent artists and singers to enthrall the audience.

The chief Guest in his speech congratulated the management, the teachers and students for keeping the culture as the main priority. ''In Don Bosco School there is a perfect blend of studies and culture. I congratulate the school for this initiative and wish that such programme be encouraged among the students so that they become aware of the rich culture,'' Mr Saikia said.

Various schools from Guwahati took part in the competitions organised as part of the Rongali Bihu Utsav.    
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