MAGH BIHU (2017) AT EMPI Business School
The students, staff and faculty celebrated the Assamese harvest festival Magh Bihu at the EMPI Campus with full
traditional flavor on 14 January 2017. This was the first time this Event was being held in EMPI. The day started with
setting fire to the Meji, constructed with garden waste and old riff-raff, symbolically signifying getting rid of all
unwanted thoughts and things with the onset of the Makar Shankranti and looking forward to the new dawn with hope
and fresh energy.
The cultural function was started with a fine invocation song by Kankana Handique while the ceremonial lamp was
being lit by President-EMPI and senior faculty. Two short films introduced the North-Eastern States and Magh Bihu
festival to the largely non-Assamese audience. They were treated to a colourful group dance performed by Monika
Gogoi, Kankana Handique, Shreya Gautam and Ragini Khandelwal; Monika continued with a brisk and beautiful Bihu
dance which captivated everyone. A happy Assamese folk song by Srijani Banerjee kept the audience clapping to the
rhythm. The knowledge of the audience on the North-Eastern states was put to test with a short quiz and, to their
credit, the audience acquitted themselves well, thanks to the presence of a number of students from the N-E studying
in EMPI. The first Part of the Event concluded with the President-EMPI complimenting the efforts of students from N-E
States for spreading awareness and appreciation of the N-E among the EMPI student community.
NarikolLaadu, Sheel mixed with Doi and Gur and telpitha pleased everyone asking for second helpings. And that gave
sufficient stamina for the games that was to follow.
What threatened to be a misty moistly morning gave way to a bright blooming sun ensuring energetic competition full
of fun and frolic –Short Sprints, MatkiPhod, Musical Chairs and Tug -of –War.
assignments in the afternoon. Wholesome fun and serious study, well that’s the tradition at EMPI.