ITANAGAR- The 19th Rongali Bihu celebration at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) was held on the 23rd of April, 2022, with glee and grandeur. The cultural programme began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp and Mahapurusha Sri Sri Madhabdeva’s Borgeet performance by Pritima Kashyap.
In a welcome address, Dr. Dhriti Sundar Gupta, the President of the organizing committee highlighted the significance of Spring and its festivals such as ‘Rongali Bihu’ and offered Bihu greetings to all the guests. The guests were also felicitated with the traditional Assamese Phulam Gomosa.
The Chief Guest on the occasion, RGU Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Amitava Mitra, wished Rongali Bihu greetings to everyone and expressed his appreciation for the rich and colourful cultural tradition of Assam.
Offering Bihu greetings to all, Registrar Dr. N.T. Rikam, the Guest of Honour, stressed the historical and cultural ties between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and called for the continuation of such exchanges of thoughts, culture and traditions.
Rongilee Rono, the souvenir of the celebration committee, was also released on the occasion. Prof. H.N Sharma emphasised the importance of the Bihu Souvenir as a socio-cultural and literary record for posterity. Xusori and Bihu dances were performed by the Assamese community of RGU, members of the RGU Assam Students’ Forum, and other invited troupes. Several other songs and dances celebrating cultural diversity were also presented.
The prizes for the painting competitions held in the morning were also distributed. Earlier, the Bihu flag was hoisted in front of the Auditorium by Dr. Dhriti Sundar Gupta, the president of the celebration committee. Dr. Gupta observed how Bihu celebration at RGU, which started 21 years ago, continues to strengthen the bond between the brothers and sisters of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.