‘Distorted’ Bihu dance in Delhi: Assam cultural affairs minister orders probe

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During the Maldives President’s welcome ceremony, a dance troupe was seen performing Bihu dance on an Assamese song.
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Traditional Bihu dance | file

Guwahati: Assam government on Wednesday has ordered a probe into the incident of a ‘distorted’ Bihu dance performance during the welcome ceremony of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in New Delhi on Monday has sparked controversy across Assam.

State’s minister of cultural affairs department, Bimal Bora’s office said that the ‘distorted’ Bihu performance was not done by any dance group sent from the state.

Bora’s office in a statement said, “The ‘distorted’ form of Bihu presented before the foreign delegation was a matter of concern for the state. Laya Madduri, secretary, cultural affairs department has been directed to probe into the matter and submit the report shortly.”

During the Maldives President’s welcome ceremony, a dance troupe was seen performing Bihu dance on an Assamese song. However, neither their costume nor the dance moves resembled the traditional Bihu dance.

Following the incident, netizens have called the performance as presented in a ‘distorted’ manner.

Earlier, Bihu Kristi Parishad of Assam has demanded stringent action against the event organisers in regard to the incident.

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