Correspondence From Convention Attendees

 A Note by Probha Saikia on the Assam Convention 2010

On July 4th, a few families of Texas attended the Assam
Convention. It was a pleasure to see so many Assamese families together at the Marriott Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee. Everyone was excited to see so many familiar faces and getting to know the new faces who came from all over the US to celebrate this Convention together. The organizing Committee put a lot of effort like other years to put this convention together. The hotel facilities were just excellent and very comfortable with all the amenities that is needed for a large get together. The stage was very attractively set up for the audience.

Decorations throughout the hall were very elegant and gave the feeling of Assam. The emcees made it pleasant for everyone to enjoy the multi-faceted talents on the stage. The three guest artists - Angarag Mahanta, Sunita Bhuyan and Abhishruti Bezbaruah made an unforgettable impression on everyone with their individual talents. Besides, lot of local talents put up marvelous performances on the stage.
Our Texas community also participated in the Fashion show with great enthusiasm. Mr. Hiren Sarma of Houston amazed everyone in the audience with his one act performance on the stage. At the children's program, Navin Baruah, son of Rangam and Irina Baruah of Austin, Texas played a melodious tune on the piano. Also Navin's sisters Sarina and Sophia performed a dance to a popular Bollywood song. To top it all, Arijit Bhuyan's superb performance on the piano stunned the audience. We wish them all continued success in the years to come. The food committee worked extremely hard to put up variety snacks at regular intervals. Dinner and lunch was also properly planned. We look forward to next year's convention with the same spirit that we carried this year.

Papan Mahanta delighted the crowd rendering a number of new and old songs with his soft, melodious voice. He has such a pleasant personality on and off the stage which impressed the listener instantly. For the second year in a row, Abhishruti Bezbaruah mesmerized the crowd with Host Committee of 2010 Assam Convention, varieties of songs, both classical based and “filmi” style. The surprise package of the evening was Suneeta Khaund Bhuyan who delighted us with her exotic violin tunes, and songs in between. These three young artistes from Assam have very bright futures ahead of them.

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To the Host Committee of 2010 Assam Convention,

We would like to congratulate you for giving us, the community the best convention ever. From the delicious meals including all those home-made snacks to the kid’s program, the widely participated fashion show, etc. and the Cultural program. You managed to bring the 3 top notch artists from back home to entertain us and their melodious voice and the music still ringing in our ears. Your time management was highly appreciated in every event. By having the convention in Nashville, how can you not incorporate the Country Music scene to our gathering. Thank you Jay for bringing the Country Music Band and that added an extra bonus. Our grand kids are already asking “are we going to next year’s convention?” That shows how much fun they had. Your theme for this year’s convention was “Bridging the Gap among Generations” and you succeeded beyond expectations. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your hospitality and genuine warmth that you showed to all of us and for all of your tireless effort and hard work.

- Ranu and Satyajit Dutta
Austin, Texas
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Further Comments on the Assam Convention 2010

- by Hiren Sarma
Many kudos to the Host Committee lead by Dr. Atul Sharma for making the 2010 Assam Convention at Nashville a grand success. Nashville effort was even more praiseworthy for its uniqueness in organizing the convention practically by a virtual team. In fact, we heard later that this was in a way a blessing with “less meetings” and “more work”.
The food was excellent on both days with lots of home-made snacks. The cultural show, particularly the children’s
program was managed very well with exemplary discipline. Zubin’s popular song “Ahe Ki Nahe ---“ was rendered by
a 5 year old with such gusto that Zubin himself would have considered imitating his style!
Papan Mahanta delighted the crowd rendering a number of new and old songs with his soft, melodious voice. He has such a pleasant personality on and off the stage which impressed the listener instantly. For the second year in a row, Abhishruti Bezbaruah mesmerized the crowd with varieties of songs, both classical based and “filmi” style. The surprise package of the evening was Suneeta Khaund Bhuyan who delighted us with her exotic violin tunes, and songs in between. These three young artistes from Assam have very bright futures ahead of them.
I had been attending almost all the conventions in the recent years and this was by far the best. Now, all eyes set to
Chicago for Assam Convention 2011. Look forward to see you all there.

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Host Committee of 2010 Assam Convention,

What a wonderful get-together that was! The 3 artists from Assam were fabulous. Their music and singing are still ringing in our ears. Meeting all of our friends from across the country was also so great. Of course it was very well organized, with all of the great food and other thousands of details taken care of.

A very warm and heartfelt thanks to all of you!
Devajyoti (Raju) and Monika Kataky

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Host Committee of 2010 Assam Convention,
I completely agree with Ranu Baideu !!! We enjoyed every bit , every single program of the convention!
This was our second convention that we attended after 1996 Chicago one. We had so much fun that we have already decided about attending next year's convention - even our kids are excited about it!!
Thank you to all of you from bottom of our heart for organizing such a great event and giving us the opportunity to enjoy great music with all of you!
Regards,
Pankaj and Namita Sarma
Minneapolis

I agree with my mom...the Convention this year was one of the most memorable ones we've attended in the recent past. We truly appreciate the leadership and organization of the Host Committee to make it such a grand success....we are blessed to live in such a great community with so many wonderful, dedicated friends. Everything seemed to flow so seamlessly from one event to the next, the food was delicious and plentiful, the kids' programs were a great hit,the fashion show was exciting and the musical programs was of course top notch. We enjoyed every minute of it, and was so impressed that EVERYTHING was on time!! :)
Thanks again, and our kids are already counting the days until the next Convention!!

Best,
Rinti (Irina) & Rangam Baruah
Austin, Texas

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Hi All,
We whole heartedly agree with the accolades bestowed by all of you on the host committee. We have attended most of the conventions and can say that this was the best convention so far. Everything ran flawlessly. The cultural program was superb with the three top notch artists from Assam. The fashion parade was great. The country music program was a right introduction to Nashville. The food was perfect, including the delicious home-made snacks. That must be appreciated even more considering that most the host families came from out of town. Time management of the programs was done perfectly. The programs were run on schedule and with proper breaks.We thoroughly enjoyed everything. We like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the host committee.
We are looking forward to the next convention in Chicago.

- Meenakshi and Rathin Devchoudhury
Raleigh, NC

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NEWS FROM MID-WEST - Roopa Sharma, Chicago
Seven families represented Chicago to the Assam Convention 2010 in Nashville, TN. All of us greatly enjoyed this well-organized and enjoyable convention. Now, the big news is: Chicago will host the 32nd Assam Convention 2011 in July 4th weekend. On behalf of the Host Committee, I cordially invite each one of you to our beautiful city to celebrate the 32 Assam Convention. Please spread the word around, tell your friends and families, mark your calendars, and buy the tickets ahead of time to save money. As we are embarking on this year-long journey, we will carry your good wishes and guidance with us. Welcome to Chicago!

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To the 2010 Assam Convention Host Committee:

Thank you so much for organizing such an enjoyable convention. It was very obvious that all of you (many behind-the-scenes) worked so hard and it all culminated in a very successful convention. Your warmth and hospitality made it all the more memorable. The young guest artistes, Papon, Abhishruti and Sunita (Rumki) not only regaled us with their music but also were so endearing that we really wished the night would not end! From the entertainment to the never-ending supply of home-made snacks, from the fashion show to the children's activities, from the exhibition to the take-home souvenirs ...and to top it all, the timeliness of all the functions....kudos! Great job and congratulations! Please convey our sincere thanks to the entire team, many of whom we met for the first time.

- Warm Regards,
Ruma and Debojit Barua
Michigan
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Message from Iswar Chakravarty

This was undoubtedly one of the best conventions I have attended. The programs were of high quality and the three guest artists kept us enthralled all through. Time management was excellent with plenty of time for socializing. The food was also very good. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and memorable experience. My sincere congratulations to all the hard working members of the host committee!

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