Assamese Folk culture has a glorious history. Assam is a land of Folk forms. Assamese Songs and various dance forms are indigenous Folk formats that originates from this very land. Bihu is such a folk form that has its roots in this land. Bihu is actually a festival celebrated by Assamese people all over the world Bihu Songs and Bihu dance forms are all related to this festival of Bihu that celebrates farming and yearly production of crops. One of the major Folk forms originating in this South Asian landscape is the colorful Bihu Dance and Songs. Bihu denotes a set of three different cultural festivals of Assam and celebrated by the Assamese diaspora around the world. Bihu is also used to imply Bihu dance and Bihu folk songs. The Rongali Bihu or the Bohag Bihu is an important festival of Assam. The most important festivals of Assam are the Bihus, celebrated with fun in abundance by all Assamese people irrespective of caste, creed, and belief. In a year there are three Bihu festivals in Assam – in the months of Bohaag (Baisakh, the middle of April), Maagh (the middle of January), and Kaati (Kartik, the middle of October). The Bihus have been celebrated in Assam since ancient times through various Assamese Folk tradition, primarily Bihu Dance and Songs. Each Bihu coincides with a distinctive phase in the farming calendar. The most important and colorful of the three Bihu festivals is the Spring festival “Bohag Bihu” or Rongali Bihu celebrated in the middle of April. This is also the beginning of the agricultural season. The word Bihu is derived from the language of the Dimasa people. Bi means “to ask” and Shu means “peace and prosperity” in the world. Hence the word BISHU gradually became Bihu to accommodate linguistic preferences. The other suggestion is that “Bi” means “to ask” and “Hu” means “to give” and so came BIHU.

This album “Moinamoti” is a collection of popular Bihu Songs sung by some of the most popular Assamese Singers. One of the main singers in this compilation is Zubeen Garg who requires no introduction. Zubeen Garg is a household name in Assam as well as whole of India. Known for his melodious voice Zubeen has rendered some beautiful Bihu tracks for this compilation. Other singers like Apurba Baruah and Porikshit Kalita have also done a fantastic job. Songs like Moinamoti Oi and Morom Namor deserves special mention. Overall this compilation of Bihu Songs is a must have for Folk listeners.

► Moinamoti Oi
Artist- Zubeen Garg
Artist- Rimjhim
Lyrics- Debojit Borah
Composition- Debojit Borah

► Ukiyai Ukiyai
Artist- Apurba Baruah
Lyrics- Bipin Saodang
Composition- Bipin Saodang

► Bohu Axa Bukut
Artist- Zubeen Garg
Artist- Nilakshi Neog
Lyrics- Bipin Saodang
Composition- Bipin Saodang

► Nai Nai Nai
Artist- Apurba Baruah
Lyrics- Apurba/Sunit
Composition- Apurba/Sunit

► Morom Namor
Artist- Porikshit Kalita
Artist- Jinti Das
Lyrics- Sunit Gogoi
Composition- Ashim Das

► Moinamoti Monote
Artist- Porikshit Kalita
Artist- Bornali Kalita
Lyrics- Apurba/Sunit
Composition- Apurba/Sunit

► Dorar Logot
Artist- Apurba Baruah
Artist- Gargi
Lyrics- Apurba/Sunit
Composition- Apurba/Sunit

► Gose Bone
Artist- Montumoni Saikia
Artist- Gitali Kakati
Lyrics- Jayanta Sonowal
Composition- Jayanta Sonowal

SOURCEHindusthan Record North East
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