Song & Dance of Assam : Bihu Dance
It is said everyone in Assam is a musician, either a singer, a dancer or plays an instrument. An Assamese person is a born musician, we witnessed this during our four days stay and two trips to Assam. The Bihu Festival is just like Bengali New Years' eve, a harvest time . The festival is called Rongali Bihu. It is almost associated with everyone of Assam, during Mid April and continues through the month. You can witness Bihu almost everywhere in Assam either in city or in villages. Otherwise also this songs and dance played thorough out the year in any function held in Assam. Just look for it and ask someone where it is being played.
Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of it and rightly so. Except Bhangra no other folk dance in India can compete with the rythmic exuberance of Bihu. Bihu dances performed by young boys and girls characterised by brisk stepping, flinging and flipping of hands and swaying of hips represents youthful passion, reproductive urge and 'Joie-de-vivre'.
The Bihu is the most widespread folk dance of Assam and is enjoyed by all, young and old, rich and poor. The dance is part of the Bihu festival, that comes in mid-April, when harvesting is done, and continues for about a month. The participants are young men and girls, who gather in the open, in daytime. They dance together, but there is no mixing of the sexes. The dance is supported by drums and pipes. In between, the performers sometimes sing, usually of love. The most common formation is the circle or parallel rows. The Bihu demonstrates, through song and dance, the soul of the Assamese at its richest.
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Silk Production - Sualkuchi
You can hire an inexpensive car to take you to Sualkuchi from the Assam Travel Office to see hand-loomed silk production. Most are small scale workshops and they make you quite welcome. You can try to buy directly but do not allow yourself to be herded into one of the local shops. This is probably the best silk in the world - the natural color gold - and also a magnificient red and chalk white. For some inexplicable reason the product is usually taken to a middleman and then embroidered in the most vulgar and ugly designs. You can sometime find the unadulterated product at the women's craft coop.
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