Rono Hills: Rongali Bihu, the traditional ethnic festival of the Assamese community, was celebrated with full pomp and gaiety at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) here on Saturday.

The cultural extravaganza began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp and a borgeet (devotional song) performed by Pritima Kashyap, a student of the university.

Addressing the celebrations, Dr Dhriti Sundar Gupta, president of the organizing committee highlighted the significance of spring and its festivals such as Rongali Bihu.

Dr Gupta also spoke of the significance of Bihu celebrations at RGU that started 21 years ago and “continues to strengthen the bond between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.”

RGU pro-vice-chancellor Prof Amitava Mitra and registrar Dr N T Rikam also spoke and extended their festival greetings to all.

While Prof Mitra expressed his appreciation for the rich and colourful cultural heritage of Assam, Dr Rikam spoke of the historical and cultural ties between the citizens of the two neighbouring states and called for its continuation.

Rongilee Rono, a souvenir of the celebration committee was also released on the occasion.

Husori and Bihu dance by the Assamese community of RGU, members of the RGU Assam Students’ Forum and other invited troupes were the other highlights of the day.

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