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Assam's Bihu dance at the Kala Madhyam Arts & Crafts Mela held at Bangalore during Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2002. The Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu is celebrated during the festive spring time from the second week of April to the second week of May. Rongali means 'merry making'. Youngsters give respect to elders in return for blessings. Among the different types of Bihu dances, the Magh Bihu is performed during the second week of January after a good harvest. Families visit friends and relatives to enjoy themselves. Jeng Bihu is another where girls dance alone under a tree.
"Notun Dish Gushti", is a cultural action group of Madhyam based in Golaghat, Assam. Madhyam is a development communications organization founded in 1983 and focuses on creating public awareness and attitudinal change on issues relating to women, children and marginalized groups. For the last 15 years, Notun Dish Gushti has been integrating social messages into its dances to create amity in areas ridden by ethnic strife in the north-east.
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