Bihu, Bihū: 3 definitions


Bihu means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

India history and geography

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Dance: Classical Dance: Folk

Bihū is a most colourful and gay folk dance from Assam. It is an integral part of the Bihū festival which is celebrated in mid-April, during the harvesting time, and lasts for about a month. Young men and women take part and dance to the lilting music of the Bihū songs which are often mildly erotic in import. The songs consist of short couplets of love which are constantly repeated. Musical accompaniment includes the dhol, the pati-tala (cymbals), taka or takka (the bamboo clappers), gagana (a kind of jew’s harp) and a buffalo horn pipe. The dance begins in a circle, but soon breaks up into parallel lines. The dancers execute beautiful figures of intertwined semi-circles. The drummer is the natural leader; he often utters the bols (mnemonics) first and then plays them on the drum, sometimes dancing with fantastic skill with his drum.

Source: Shodhganga: Vernacular architecture of Assam with special reference to Brahmaputra Valley

Bihu is an Assamese term referring to “The chief traditional seasonal festival of Assam”.—It appears in the study dealing with the vernacular architecture (local building construction) of Assam whose rich tradition is backed by the numerous communities and traditional cultures.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bīhu (ಬೀಹು):—[noun] = ಬೀವು [bivu]1.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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