Assam 2002 Newsletter

Assam 2002

Denver Colorado July 5-6 2002

Sponsoring Organizations

Assam Society of America Assam Association of North America

Assam Foundation of North America Assam Sahitya Sabha (USA Branch)

THE INVITATION

We, the Assamese residents of Colorado, very cordially invite you, your
family and your friends, to attend ASSAM 2002, the annual convention of the
Assamese diaspora, and make it a grand success. The dates for the convention are
July 5th & 6th, 2002. Assam 2002 is possible with the generous sponsorship
of Assam Society of America, Assam Association of North America, Assam
Foundation of North America, Asom Sahitya Sabha (USA Branch) and various
well-wishing individuals and families. We have planned a large number of
cultural and social activities for the enjoyment of all. Assam 2002 will also be
the venue for the annual meetings of the Assam Society of America and the Assam
Association of North America. In addition, annual meetings of Assam Foundation
of North America, and Axom Sahitya Sabha (USA Branch) will be held during Assam
2002.

Assam 2002, Host Committee

The Venue

We have chosen the elegant campus of the Omni Interlocken
Resort in Broomfield to be the venue for Assam 2002. It is located 8 miles east
of Boulder, and about 15 miles northeast of downtown Denver, Colorado. The hotel
we have selected is situated in the foothills of the majestic Rockies, with
breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain peaks only a few miles to the
west.




Hotel URL

http://www.omnihotels.com/

Reservation Phone

(303) 438-6600

Rates

$79/2 adults, $99/3 adults, $119/4 adults. Rates are available on July
4,5,6 and 7.

Directions to Hotel

Exit the airport onto PeÒa Boulevard. Continue on PeÒa Boulevard for about
10 miles to I-70. Take I-70 West to I-25 North (about 10 miles).. Exit right
onto I-25 North. Continue about 3 miles to the US-36 West exit (marked Boulder
on the left side). Take US-36 West about 10 miles to the Interlocken
Loop/Storage Tek Exit and turn left. Proceed to Interlocken Boulevard and turn
left. Hotel is located on the left. See map.

Tentative Program

The first day of the convention, the 5th of July, will be a leisurely day
with a picnic in Viele Lake Park in Boulder from 3 pm to 7pm. It will be
followed by an evening of exciting cultural program at the Omni. The second day
of the convention, July 6th, will feature annual organizational meetings of all
sponsoring organizations, a luncheon, seminars, exhbitions, a gala banquet in
the evening followed by a splendid cultural program at night. With great
pleasure, we would like to announce that we have invited two prominent artists
of Assam, Dr. Anima Chowdury and Zubeen Garg, to be main anchors for the
cultural programs. Dr. Chowdhury is primarily well-known for exquisite
performance of ëaxomiya adhunik geetí. Zubeen Garg, a young, talented and
energetic artist, has already made his mark in Assamese music and movies. If
both esteemed artists obtain US visas, Assam 2002, will undoubtedly emerge as
the one of the best cultural program any Assamese convention in North America
has been able to organize. In addition to the visiting artists from Assam, we
have invited several very talented Assamese vocal artists and dancers in the US
and Canada to perform. Finally, any individual wishing to participate in the
cultural program is requested to contact the organizing committee.

Directions to Viele Lake Park

Viele Lake Park is located in the city of Boulder, and is
about 10 miles from the hotel. Take US-36 going north toward Boulder for approx
5 miles. Turn west/left on to Table Mesa Drive. Continue past Broadway, for
about 1.5 miles altogether. Turn south/left to Gillaspie Drive. Follow Gillaspie
for about 1.5 miles. See signs for Viele Lake Park.



































































July 5

12 - 2 pm

Registration

3 - 7 pm

Picnic, Viele Lake Park, Boulder

7 - 8 pm

Registration

8 pm -- midnight

Cultural Program

Midnight onward

Informal Dance

July 6

Whole Day

Registration, Basketball Tournament

9:15 - 10:15 am

ASA/AANA Meeting

10:30 - 11:30 am

AFNA Meeting

11:30 - 12:30 am

Axom Xahitya Xabha

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Youth Forum, Painting Lessons, Movie

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Satriya Dance Lesson, Movie, Perspectives on Retirement in America

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Dinner

8:00 - midnight

Cultural Program

Midnight -

Informal Dance

Registration Fees

Family

$195

Single

$95

Single Student

$50

Student Family

$100

Cultural Program Only

$25/day

Chief and Honored Guests

Dr. Mamoni Roysom Goswami, Professor of Assamese, University
of Delhi, and the 2002 recipient of the Gyanpith Literary Award given by the
Government of India, has been invited as the Chief Guest to address the
conventioneers. Professor Muhiram Saikia, ex-MP and an ex-Federeal Minister,
Government of India, has been invited to attend the convention as a Guest of
Honor.

Financial Assistance

The organizers of ASSAM 2002 solicit financial assistance
from generous individuals. The number of Assamese individuals in the state of
Colorado is very small. We are also trying to keep registration fees low. We
want to give a break to students who want to attend. It is not possible to cover
all expenses of ASSAM 2002 with registration income alone. The costs involved
with the cultural programs have to be covered by donation. We will greatly
appreciate any and all contributions. If you are interested please fill up the
attached note and send it back to us. You can pledge an amount by sending an
email to assamorado@pikespeak.uccs..edu. Our goal is to raise $8000 to meet
costs not covered by registration fees. If you want to avail of the tax benefits
of contributing through a non-profit organization, you can make your check
payable to either UOANA or IFAA or AFNA (please write down ASSAM 2002 in the
memo section of your check) and mail the check to the address below. If you
donít want to take these benefits for whatever reasons, you can make the check
payable to ASSAM 2002 and mail the check to the address: Devajit Gogoi,
Treasurer, Assam 2002 Host Committee, 12031 W Dumbarton Drive, Morrison, CO
80465

RSVP Requested

If you plan to attend ASSAM 2002, we would appreciate if you
fill up the attached note and send it back to us, telling us your name and how
many people will be attending. Having this information will help us plan a
better conference. You could also send a note to assamorado@pikespeak.uccs.edu
as RSVP and for any information you need. You can also contact one of the
members of the Host Committee.

Snacks

The organizer are also kindly requesting those amazing cooks
of Assam to bring assortment of snacks to the conference for all the attendees
to enjoy. Please contact the organizing committee members in charge of food if
you kindly decide to join this endeavor.

Assam 2002 Web Site

Please visit our Web site http://assam2002.assam.org. It has
all pertinent information regarding the conference. We will update the website
with new and timely information regarding Assam 2002. If you haven't been to
this Web site yet, please do so as soon as possible. You will be pleasantly
surprised.

Plan A Family Vacation

Nature has been kind to Colorado. Few places on earth display
the natural world with such drama and abundance, as does Colorado. From the
Mighty Rocky Mountains to canyons to sand dunes to powerful rivers to
grasslands, Colorado has it all. Within a land area of 104,100 square miles,
Colorado boasts three national parks, five national monuments and eleven
separate national forests. Colorado is best known, of course, for the towering
mountains that are the Rockies. Forget, if you can, that Colorado boasts 54
peaks taller than 14,000 feet, the most famous being Pikes Peak, a few miles
from the City of Colorado Springs. Equally impressive is the fact that nearly
800 more rise above 13,000 feet. A surprising percentage of these may be seen
from major highways along popular tourist routes. Apart from attending the
conference, do not forget to plan some time to visit the hot spots of Colorado.
Keep this in mind, you won't have to travel too far from the Omni to visit these
spots. If you want to drive in the mountains, climb a fourteeneer (a peak above
14,000 feet), camp by a stream in the midst of mountain pines, play golf, go
whitewater rafting, hike in a wooded forest, visit museums, eat in fine
restaurants, Colorado is the perfect place to be. We need your help to make
ASSAM 2002 a success. Thank you for your generous support, and looking forward
to seeing you in Boulder in July.












Relevant Tourist URLs

State of Colorado

http://www.colorado.worldweb.com

http://www.colorado.gov

City of Aspen:

http://www.aspen.worldweb.com

City of Boulder

http://www.colorado.com

City of Breckenridge

http://www.coloradorockies.worldweb.com

City Colorado Springs

http://www.coloradosprings-travel.com

City of Denver

http://www.colorado.com

http://www.denver.worldweb.com

City of Vail

http://www.visitvailvalley.com

Rocky Mountain National Park

http://www.gorp.com

http://www.nps.gov/romo

Yellowstone National Park

http://www.nps.gov/yell

http://www.yellowstone.net

 













Organizing/Host Committee

President

Jugal Kalita (719 574 3656)

Vice President

Dipendra Goswami (970 267 3404)

General Secretary

Reeta Kastner (303 674 3277)

Treasurer

Devajit Gogoi (303 948 5794)

Cultural Program

Bonmayuri Kalita (719 574 3656), Deepak Chakravarty (303 451 8282)

Food Management

Anima Goswami (970 267 5404), Ganesh Bhuyan (303 466 3398), Reeta
Kastner

Welcoming Committee

Barnali Tahbildar (303 832 3277), Lipika Das (303 690 5286), Bhaskar
Das (303 690 5286)

Web Site and Publicity

Probal Tahbildar (732 951 1311)

Souvenir Publication



Jukti Kalita (732 821 4325), Rabin Deka (deka@assam.faithweb.com),
Caustoobh Bezboruah (503 970 3196)

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