Assamese world over enjoy Bihu on Net
Guwahati , April 18 :
Kamalesh Goswami, a manager with NIIT Asia Pacific, says in distant
Australia. He could not make it to Assam during the Bihu celebrations last
weekend. Unlike the previous years, however, Goswami was able to watch the
Bihu celebrations here while sitting in his North Sydney home.
Kumud Borah, who describes himself as "a die-hard Assamese now staying
outside my beloved motherland", was also able to participate in the Bihu
celebrations, albeit not in person.
There are thousands of Assamese, like Goswami and Borah who were able to
be a part of the Bihu celebrations, despite being miles away from Assam,
thanks to the Internet. Bringing them live the Bihu celebrations was
www.vedanti.com, the portal of the pioneering dotcom company of the North
East, SM Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd (SMCC).
It was for the first time in the state that a public event was live
webcast in cyberspace. And, it is probably the first time in their lives
that the Assamese, living away from their homeland, had something to cheer
about this Bihu.
For four consecutive days, April 13 to 16, events of the Pub-Guwahati
Bihu Sanmilan at Chandmari, were available live for net surfers with
recorded deferred webcast on the following days. Not surprisingly,
homesick Assamese in their thousands, in the US, Australia, Europe, West
Asia and just about everywhere else, logged on to the net.
"The response was tremendous", says SMCC director Mamoni Barthakur, who
with her husband Sanjib, the brain behind the project, worked day and
night with their 10-member team of technicians to ensure the successful webcast.
It all began with a whim. But once the decision was taken there was no
going back. "We set up the entire system in just two days," says Mamoni.
It was not an easy task. Cameras, computers, metres of cables- they had to
be set up at the at the site from where the uplinking was done. On top was
the anxiety about the safety of the expensive equipment.
But in the end, everything fell into place. "The committee members were
very helpful and without that we could have run into rough weather",
recalls Mamoni. There was a slight hitch though. The quality of the images
were not as good as one seen in television and there were a few jerks as
"It was because of the non-availability of broad band services in these
parts," explains Sanjib. Apart from this, the webcast attempt was a great
success. Though the actual number of hits during the webcast has not been
collated as yet, the Barthakur couple expects it to cross several thousands.
Vedanti.com, even on ordinary days, records upto 4,000 hits each day.
The portal has over a thousand pages of information on Assam and the North
East covering the entire gamut of the regions life, people, culture,
history and resources. One of its specialties is the Cultural and
political history of Assam, available in Assamese script. The site
provides daily news updates and has features like 100 per cent on-line
e-commerce activity, a discussion forum with eminent personalities,
on-line virtual exhibitions, free e-mail service, placement services,
yellow pages and what have you.
SMCC has many ambitious plans for the future for Vedanti.com. One of
the immediate plans is to cover the ensuing Assembly elections in the
State extensively. The detailed coverage will include analysis, study of
trends, results and public polls.
Vedanti.com already conducts regular polls on various social, political
and cultural issues concerning Assam.
Live internet marriage
Guwahati, January 24 :
An Assamese wedding was uplinked live on to the internet on January 22
at 9 p.m. and continued till 3.30 a.m.
it was for the first time in the North-East region and for the second
time in the whole of India that ‘Internet Live Marriage’ has been
arranged. The live event on the internet was hosted by S M Computer
Consultants (SMCC), a city based IT company. The company is pioneer in
website hosting, development and designing in the NE Region. The company’s
own website www.vedanti.com carries details on website programme whereas
it is in the site www.azury.com hosted by SM Computer Consultants, that
the live event was available.
Sri Sanjib Borthakur of SMCC informs that the company now proposes to
publish webpages in Assamese language, as well. The company hosts and
designs website both in virtual (Domain) and non-virtual structures for
organizations and any ‘Live Events’.
Millennium greetings on Internet
Guwahati , December 30 :
Chief Minister PK Mahanta welcomed the coming millennium deferred Live
on the internet. The video presentation shall be available on the website
www.vedanti.com promoted, hosted and developed by SM Computer Consultants
of Guwahati from January 1, 2000 onwards for the entire month for the
people across the globe to view. Mahanta in his speech highlighted the
need of the hour to bring about peace and prosperity not only to the State
but the whole country by defeating insurgency.
The other dignitaries who would appear in the website welcoming the
millennium include Pranabananda Pathak, Advocate General Mizoram, Dr Gautam
Barua, Prof. Computer Science and Dean R&D Administration IIT, Guwahati, R
N Mathur (Admn) Assam, D N Barua, ex MD AIDC, J M Mishra, chief general
manager, Assam Telecom and Biju Phukan noted film personality. Sri Apurba
Kumar Das noted singer and journalist would be performing song written by
celebrated poet Sri Navakanta Barua.
Vedanti.com- final showdown
City based dot com company SM Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd. has
recently re-launched a website www.vedanti.com on the internet with lots
of improvements on content since the site was earlier launched on August
It may be mentioned that vedanti.com is the first full domain website of
the entire North East and has now entered its third year of web presence.
Besides having state views updated every evening, the site periodically
publishes features on present burning topics of Assam from eminent
writers. The site has a mammoth 1000 pages concrete, analytical and
statistical information of the economy, industry, planning,
infrastructure, natural hazards, wild-life, vegetation, unemployment,
resources, income, population, climate, irrigation, communication, forest,
minerals, and physiography of the State of Assam. One can read the entire
political and cultural history of Assam in Assamese script as well.
The site is a pioneer also in featuring a 100% true online e-commerce
activity. It has more than 500 volumes of different order and items in
musical numbers, books, cosmetics, and handicrafts exclusively from the NE
for online shopping. Visitors browsing the site may enter discussion. Forum
for online conversation with leading city-based doctors, astrologers,
computer exponents and beauticians. There is provision for live web
casting of any event-taking place in the city, which may be later watched
from the archival section also.
The other features include online virtual exhibition, online
classifieds, selling and buying of any item and free home pages upto IMB
space which a visitor can create online. Movies and movie albums are
regularly reviewed and placed for online listening and watching pleasure.
Any visitor can enter his data on the Yellow Pages online.
Guwahati, April 7 :
The colourful Rongali Bihu of the State is all set to go online soon
when the celebrations of the Pub- Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani would be
available in the internet for all four days of the festival from April 13.
This would enable interested persons with access to internet to go through
the programmes of the festivals at the click of a mouse whenever they want
for exclusive, uninterrupted live webcast on LCD projectors. The
arrangements have been made by the city-based SM Computers and its portal
www.vedanti.com, informed a press release of the organisation.
Bihu on the Net
Guwahati, April 14, 2001 :
For the first time in the State www.vedanti.com, the portal of the
pioneer dot com company of NE , SM Computer Consultants Pvt Ltd (SMCC) has
launched the Rongali Bihu into cyberspace with live webcast of the
cultural events of the Pub-Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan, Chandmari. The cultural
events starting from 6 p.m. onwards will be available on the Internet from
April 13th to 16th. In a press release, it was stated that without the
availability of broad band
services, the quality of the images would not be similar and continuous as
television images. But attempts are made to make the audio quality at par
with the best that is available. Computers, cameras with other accessories
are being installed on the ground at Chandmari. City dwellers can watch
the webcast from the ‘Bihu Toli’.
CM’s millennium greetings on Internet
Guwahati, December 31 :
Chief Minister PK Mahanata’s millennium greetings will be delivered
live on the Internet which will be available on website www.vedanti.com
all over the globe from January 1, onward for a whole month. In his
greetings the CM has stressed upon the need for peace and prosperity by
defeating insurgency all over the country and usher in an atmosphere of
all round development and success.
According to a press release, this presentation is promoted, developed
and hosted by SM Computer Consultants who are a pioneering institution of
the whole of NE region who has for the first time ever telecasted live
events on the internet.
Internet browsers will also be able to view cultural and political history of
Assam in Assamese HTML script, stated the release. In addition several
other dignitaries which includes Mr Pranabanada Pathak, Advocate General,
Assam, D N Barua, J M Mishra, CG, Assam Telecom, Biju Phukan, noted film
personality and Mr Apurba Das, noted musician would be performing a song
by prominent litterateur, Dr Navakanta Barua welcoming the new millennium,
the release added.
CM’s Bihu greetings on Internet
Guwahati, April 13 :
Chief Minister PK Mahanta’s Rongali Bihu greetings will be available on
the Internet on the website www.smcconsultants.com and www.vedanti.com
from April 14 onwards for a month, a press release said. This live video
presentation and the websites have been promoted, developed and hosted by
S.M. Computer Consultants of Guwahati , who are a pioneer in web-related
activities in the North-east, and are also the first in the region to web
cast live events in the Internet. In his greetings, the Chief Minister has
conveyed his heartiest Rongali Bihu greetings to all the people of Assam
as well as to all those NRIs from Assam living at various places across
the globe. He asked the people of Assam to work for peace and harmony
within the State and fight terrorism and violence, the release added.
www.vedanti.com with new looks
Guwahati, February 11:
The city based dot com company, SM Computer Consultants Private Limited
has recently launched a website www.vedanti.com on the
Internet with lots of improvement on the contents since the launching of
the site on August 15, 1998, stated a press release. It may be mentioned
that vedanti.com is the first full domain website of the entire North-east
as it has now entered its third year of web presence. Besides having State
news updated every evening, the site periodically publishes features on
present burning topics of Assam from eminent writers.
The site also has a mammoth 1,000 pages of analytical and statistical
information of the economy, industry, planning, infrastructure, natural
hazards, wildlife, vegetation, unemployment, resources, income,
population, climate, irrigation, communication, forest, minerals and
physiography of the State of Assam.
One can go through the entire political and cultural history of Assam
in Assamese script as well. The site is a pioneer in featuring cent per
cent, true on-line e-commerce activity. The site also features on-line
trading in terms such as - musical items, books, cosmetics and handicrafts
exclusively from the north-east.
Virtual exhibition, on-line classifieds, selling and buying of any item
and free home pages up to 1 MB space which visitors can create on-line are
some of the features of the site. Job seekers can put up their resume
on-line for placement and students can train themselves on e-commerce and
web development on-line too. Besides, its has free journalism columns
where writers may write on any chosen topic on-line.
Bihu Live on Internet
Guwahati, April 7:
SM Computer Consultants Pvt Ltd (SMCC) and its portal www.vedanti.com
is all set to webcast live the Bihu celebration of Pub- Guwahati Bihu
Sanmilani at Chandmari on the Internet, a press release states. SMCC is
geared up for an exclusive coverage of the event all over the globe from
April 13 to 16.
Tie-up with portal for webcast
Internet debut for
Guwahati, March 29 :
From the Bihutolis (traditional venues) to the world wide web.
Bihu is set to go places. Assam's most dazzling cultural event will shortly
make its debut in the hallowed precincts of the virtual world.
In tune with the changing times, the Pub-Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan is
preparing to launch the coming Rongali Bihu into cyberspace with "live
webcast" of the celebrations.
General secretary of Bihu Sanmilan, Basanta Das told The Telegraph that
"webcasting" of the event was almost final. The Sanmilan had tied up with
city-based portal <vedanti.com> for the purpose, he added.
"We want to do something different and reach out to all those who
cannot be present through this inventive medium. This would enlarge our audience. People interested in
this region and its rich culture would also find it interesting," he said.
Bihu celebrations at the Assam Engineering Institute grounds at
Chandmari would be held from April 13 to 16. All the programmes would be
available on the world wide web.
The cultural function of the Pub- Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan- started in
1961 - is one of the most eagerly awaited annual events in the city.
This year’s attractions include a cultural troupe from Kokrajhar which
would showcase various Bodo dance forms. Performances by a troupe from
Monipur is also in the offing.
A spokesman for <vedanti.com> , acknowledging that the project was in
its final phase, said it would be the first on-line webcasting of a public
Pixel by pixel, the portal intends to extend real-time coverage through
at least four cameras that would beam uninterrupted images of the
celebrations into cyberspace. The portal would use the three "hubs" in the
city-VSNL, Satyam on-line and Smart- for the purpose.
He, however admitted that without the availability of broad band
services, the quality of the images would not be similar to television
But the audio quality will be at par with the best that is available.
The cost of the webcasting would not be less than Rs 5,000 per hour, he
The city portal shot into limelight when it webcast a traditional
Assamese marriage over the internet in 1998, the first such venture.
It also has an extensive database on various topics of Assam and the
Its regular pages, numbering about 1,000 offer a variety of information
from regional, political history to cultural history and e-commerce.
www.vedanti.com in the city
Guwahati, February 15 :
SM Computer Consultants Pvt Ltd has recently launched a website
www.vedanti.com on the internet with lots of improvement on content (since
the site was earlier launched on August 15, 1998), stated a press release
It may be mentioned that vedanti.com is the first full domain website
of the entire North-east as it has now entered its third year of web
presence. Besides having state news updated every evening, the site
periodically publishes features on burning issues of Assam by eminent
writers. The site has a mammoth 1000 pages concrete, analytical and
statistical information of the economy , industry, planning,
infrastructure, natural hazards, wildlife, vegetation, unemployment,
resources, Income, population, climate, Irrigation, communication, forest,
minerals, and physiography of Assam. One can read the entire political and
cultural history of Assam in Assamese script as well. The site is a
pioneer also in featuring a 100% true online e-commerce activity. It has
more than 500 volumes of different orders of items in musical numbers,
books, cosmetics and handicrafts exclusively from the NE for online
shopping stated the release.
Rongali Bihu : In Assam and Detroit alike
Guwahati, April 14 :
FROM LUSH paddy fields to wooden platform and off to the Internet,
Rangali Bihu has traversed a long way. In perfect tune with vicissitudes
of nature, this integral dance festival of Assam has made an indelible
imprint in the hearts of many.
For the first time the essence of this Spring Festival would be frozen
on the web for everyone across the globe to see around the year. A
Guwahati based website has decided to telecast Bihu programmes live via
its portal www.vedanti.com.
"This is a novel idea. We felt that with rapid increase in the numbers
of Internet user in the region, this added attraction would create more
impact and bring a variation in the way we view festivals", said Sanjib
Borthakur of SM Computer Consultants, the brain behind the idea.
The site was launched keeping in mind, Assamese people residing outside
Assam. Despite being miles away from their homeland, the live telecast of
Bihu would bring unfathomable joy right into their living rooms be it in
Delhi or Detroit. This year the telecast would focus solely on the pub-Guwahati
Bihu Sanmilani that will be held at Chandmari in Guwahati. The telecast
would start on April 13, the inaugural day of Bihu and would continue for
another three days. The telecast would start at seven in the evening, said
Netizens who would miss the programme can view it the next day. "The
programme would be available on the net for one month and the recorded
version of the same would be available on demand," said Borthakur. The
organizers have struck a deal with Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd and private
Internet service providers to uplink the telecast on the net. But then,
with bliss, blemish is also on the cards.
According to Borthakur, unlike the metros, there is no broad band in
Guwahati and this would, unfortunately, affect the picture quality.
April 24, 2002
Net brings Bihu closer to NRAs
Guwahati : Rongali Bihu this time witnessed tremendous
web interface by the global Assamese community. Enthusiastic Assamese
abroad- Non-Resident Assamese (NRAs) -as well as in India were requesting
living legend Dr Bhupen Hazarika for their favourite numbers and
exchanging views through on-line interaction and live webcast on the
The programme, displayed on the three giant screens at
the Pub-Guwahati Bihutoli, Chandmari by SM Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd.,
Guwahati through its popular website www.vedanti.com witnessed
unprecedented response from almost one corner of the world to the other.
During the Bihu Celebrations this web portal brought to
the world the programmes arranged by Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan and
demonstrating the very best of web technology comprising video, audio and
text conferencing including IP telephony on broad band which several
thousand netizens (browsers) across the globe used for interacting with
each other as well as with the performing artists during the live webcast.
It may be mentioned that the portal (vedanti.com) had
brought Bihu to the world through the net in collaboration with Pub
Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan last year. Then it was something unprecedented for
the whole Assamese community abroad and was a topic of discussion for
quite some time.
But this year’s programming was more pragamatic as it
involved live interaction through the internet involving a number of
Achieving something good at the new time of the year is
always a unique experience. And when this new achieved through the wonders
of scientific and technological excellence, the feeling and the atmosphere
is always different- that’s a combination of joy and fulfillment. Here
the joy was for the global Assamese community and fulfillment for the
During the programme Netizen Nandini Borah Das says from
USA, "To be able to view Bihu on-line from USA is a dream come true
for us." Abhilash Barua from Canada says, "I am happy to see the
Bihu Programme of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and talk to him from Canada through
vedanti.com. Thanks to vedanti.com and Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan,
Chandmari for bringing the entire Assamese community across the globe
together during Bihu and enrolling us to be a part of the Bihu celebration
at Chandmari, Guwahati although we are far away at Canada. Mala says from
Singapore "I feel homesick during Bihu, but the on-line interactive
Bihu has comforted me." Rajib Gohain from Arizona, USA sends, "Antarik
Bihur Ulog to the people of Assam." Suresh says from Singapore
"Bhupenda is looking better this year." Dipankar and Rajkanya
Talukdar from Santa Clara, California wishes Bhupenda and everyone else
"Happy Bihu". They further chat on-line with Bhupenda requesting
him to sing "Asom Amar Rupohi" and "Xuno Xuno Re
Xuno". Excited Bhupenda interacts with them and is all too happy
to sing their favourite number. Enthusiast netizens Utpal Das and Pranita
Das says from Michigan, USA. "Your Live programme is excellent!"
They interact with Bhupenda to sing "Bristrina Parore" and
Bhupenda does so. Mubinul Islam interacts from Milan, Italy " I am
proud of being able to talk to Bhupenda from Milan and forward my request
to him for a song "Aoi nilaj pahar". Jaan and Ankita from
Arizona, USA, Nilakshi Medhi from Syracuse University; Rashmi from
England; Himadri from Birmingham; Jugabrata from Kenya and many more
interacted on-line through vedanti.com with Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Requests
for various other popular songs kept pouring in continuously. Many a times
more than one request poured in on-line simultaneously from various parts
of the world much to the excitement of the spectators at the Chandmari
Bihutoli and they witnessed the on-line interaction of Dr Hazarika with
each of the callers who were from various parts of the world. Dr Hazarika
had patiently obliged by singing "Mahabahu
Brahmaputra" and "Bohag Mathu Eti..".
Another interesting feature was the interaction between
friends and relatives staying across the globe exchanging greetings and
jointly discussing about what song would they request Dr Hazarika to sing.
There was Suresh from Singapore who was exchanging greeting with Rashmi
from England on-line through vedanti.com and they both were chatting and
exchanging complements on Dr Hazarika, on-line Bihu and the Pub Guwahati
Bihu Committee and had jointly decided what song should be sung by
Bhupenda! Similarly, Partha from England chatted with Juri of Bangalore.
This was followed by many more on-line chats and requests to Dr Hazarika.
There were requests for the noted singer Malabika Bora, also from Rajib
Barua and Simanta from Boston, USA to sing from the film
There were also on-line chatting, greetings, requests
from netizen from various parts of India like Jayanta Borah (Bangalore),
Bhaskar Chetia (Pune), Rishi Pathak (Hyderabad), Shyam Pratim Dev
Choudhury (Delhi), Gunajit Sharma (Bangalore), Dipankar Talukdar (Silchar)
The interaction during those three days April 15, 16 and
17 was immense and the site vedanti.com was hit over 2 lakh times during
the period of Bihu activity raising more than 1GB of data transfer; and
these figures are phenomenal by all standards of web activity and only
goes on to witness the tremendous interaction viewers had on the Internet
Today, when a large number of people have become
global-minded, ready to venture out of the state at the slightest
opportunity to pursue a career that involves comparatively higher
standards of living and scientific and technological know-how to keep them
at par with the ultra-modern world, the one thing they can hope far always
is that they can enjoy Bihu at the touch of a button when the season
Date : April 1, 2002
4-Day Bihu extravaganza
Guwahati : As in previous years, Pub Guwahati Bihu
Sanmilan will celebrate Rongali Bihu at the Assam Engineering Institute
playground, Chandmari from April 14 to 17, according to a press statement.
As usual the 4-day extravaganza will include cultural items, competitions,
children’s programmes etc. For the second year in succession the
programme will be available on the internet and local cable TV channel,
Prag Channel. A special feature of this year’s programme will be the
internet facility (www.vedanti.com) through which viewers from all over
the world can request any song of their choice, from Dr Bhupen Hazarika
while he is performing on stage.
Membership service from Vedanti.com
The city-based www.vedanti.com the first and the
complete web-portal of N-E region, after its success in live webcasting of
Bihu celebrations, Cotton College Centenary Celebrations and Election
Analysis earlier this year, has come out with a unique membership service.
Individuals may apply for membership of the Vedanti community on an annual
basis, either on-line through the website or through membership forms
available at the company’s office and in several other outlets across
Guwahati. The membership forms shall be made available in the major towns
of Assam and elsewhere in the country as well. After becoming a member,
one gets access to financial benefits and other services.
There shall be a fortnightly draw, beginning
mid-November this year on which, a member has to attempt on-line quizzes
and score points on it. After meeting the qualifying requirements by
taking different quizzes, once or twice in a day, a member can win prizes
worth Rs 15,000 every 15 days. There shall be a minimum of 24 such draws,
during the period of membership, extended over a period of one year, and
members can thus , win upto Rs 3,60,000 by year end. In an another
category of membership, there is provision for a super-draw with a prize
money of additional Rs 1,00,000 by year end. Moreover, apart from these
financial benefits, a member can download MP3 Assamese Music from an
archive of one thousand odd numbers constituting renowned artists like-
Bhupen Hazarika, Jayanta Hazarika, Zubin Garg, Biren Dutta, Khagen Mahanta
and many others. There is a service, called Movie-on-Demand which a member
can avail of clicking a button and watching thereby classic Assamese
movies on-line. Prominent shopping centres in the city are giving
attractive discounts to the members of the Vedanti Community.
For details contact S M Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd.,
GNB Road, Silpukhuri, Phone No.-662105, 662156, e-mail:
Guwahati : vedanti.com will webcast live celebration
programmes of Cotton College centenary. Interested persons can log on to
the Vedanti website by clicking www.vedanti.com/cottoncollege.
The alumni day of the centenary celebrations will be
organised tomorrow beginning 8.30 in the morning.
The Cotton alumni of Barak Valley also held a rally
recently at Cachar College, Silchar.
Cotton College centenary today
Guwahati : A flurry of activities amidst a festive
spirit marked the day today as everyone- present day students as well as
former ones- is waiting with baited breath for the big event starting
tomorrow early morning- the hundredth birthday of the great alma mater-
Already informal events like meet of former
office-bearers of the Cotton College Union Society (CCUS), yesterday, that
of officials and employees today have started much to the happiness of
those who managed to attend these programmes.
In yesterday’s meet of the office-bearers of CCUS from
past years which was made lively and enjoyable by the recalling of
reminiscences and anecdotes by the stalwarts who passed out of the college
including Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Minister of State for Home Pradyut
Bordoloi, Dr Anima Guhaan alumnus of the 1949-50 batch of the college.
Another major attraction of yesterday’s event was the
recalling of her remembrances of her grandfather and founder principal of
the college late Mr Submersion and also of her memories about the college
in those days in a voice choked with emotion by Mrs P White.
The CCUS of the present term has come out with a good
collection of T-shirts commemorative of the ‘big event’ for boys as
well as for the female students costing Rs 130 and Rs 150 respectively. An
office-bearer informed at the college premises that sales have already
been picking up and expected it to continue in the coming few days of the
Significantly the Prag Channel and SM Computers have
taken up the initiative for live webcasting and telecasting of all the
events for the three days including those of the cultural evenings except
the performance by noted singer Sri Hariharan.
Gogoi urges NRIs to invest in State
Guwahati : Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has appealed to
the NRIs belonging to Assam to exchange know-how in various fields and
invest in the State to bring about its all-around development.
Industrialisation of the State would reduce unemployment
and help restore peace, Gogoi said during an interview with
www.vedanti.com the web portal of the city-based SM Computer Consultants
Pvt. Ltd. This was stated in a press release issued by the company this
evening. The full interview is currently available on the portal.
According to the release, Gogoi suggested that the
Assamese staying in the developed countries can contribute in the areas of
education, agriculture, industry, etc. He agreed that the economy of the
State was currently in bad shape and said that a committee of experts will
be constituted soon to suggest ways and means to raise resources to
overcome the crisis.
Wide response to poll updates on city website
Guwahati : www.vedanti.com, the web portal dotcom
company of the NE region, S M Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (SMCC),
provided election result updates both on the website as well as over their
two telephones 662156, 662105, to the anxious voters from all over, Assam,
from Karimganj to Tezpur and from Sadiya to Dhubri, a press release said.
Every minute there was a phone call on both the telephones and the
vedanti.com team had direct interactions with each caller who wanted to
know about the election result updates, and this continued from 9 am on
May 13 throughout the night till the counting continued next day. There
were nearly 2000 telephone calls including local and STD.
Live poll results update on Net
Guwahati : Here is good news for all those interested in
getting minute-by-minute updates on the results of the State Assembly
elections www.vedanti.com the web portal of the region’s pioneering dot
com company. SM Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (SMCC), will bring for net
surfers worldwide, complete analyses and onwards on May 13.
According to a release from the company, one of the
highlights will be the live video presentation of discussions and analyses
on the recent trends and the political scenario of the State. To be hosted
by senior journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap, the discussion will have
representatives from the AGP, BJP, Congress, TGP, etc. putting forward
The site will also have running audio commentary during
the counting process. There will also be analyses based on exit poll
survey. Viewers can also put in their queries regarding the elections by
sending e-mails on email@example.com or by calling on phone numbers
662105 and 662156 on May 13 from 11 am, the release added.
Bihu on web
Guwahati : Sir,-Thanks to modern technology, I and a few
friends were able to watch Rongali Bihu live on the web. It brought back
lovely memories to me when I used to climb on my father's shoulder to
watch the faraway dancers dancing on the stage among the sea of humanity
fighting my sleep and tiredness. I congratulate the creators of
vedanti.com for providing a pretty comprehensive website that captures
many issues about what Assam is. Though the webcast was not the best I
have seen, I am sure that it will be better overtime and many more such
enterprising portals will come about which tell people of the beauty and
culture of Assam and the whole of North East. People, most Indians in
fact, still are pretty ignorant about the North East India and we need to
show them that there is much more to the North East than guns, bombs and
fear.- Yours etc., SHANTANU K DAS , Minneapolis, USA.
Date : 24 April 2002
Non-resident Assamese enjoy city Bihu function,
thanks to net
Guwahati : There was tremendous web interface on April
15 from the global Assamese community requesting the living legend Dr
Bhupen Hazarika for numbers and exchanging views through on-line
interaction and live webcast on the internet the SM Computer Consultants,
which organized the interface, in a press release here. Being displayed on
the giant screens at the Pub Guwahati Bihutoli, Chandmari by the
The programme was welcome by several viewers across the
world. Netizen Nandini Borah Das said, from USA. "To be able to view
Bihu online from USA is a dream come true for us." Abhilash Barua
from Canada says, I am happy to see the Bihu programme of Dr Bhupen
Hazarika and talk to him from Canada through vedanti.com. Thanks to
vedanti.com and Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan, Chandmari for bringing the
entire Assamese Community across the globe together during Bihu and
enabling us to be a part of the Bihu celebration at Chandmari, Guwahati
although we are far away at Canada." Requests for various other
popular songs kept pouring in continuously. Many a times more than one
requests poured in on-line simultaneously from various parts of the world
much to the excitement of the spectators at the Chandmari Bihutoli and
they witnessed the on-line interaction of Dr Hazarika with each of the
callers who were from various parts of the World. Dr Hazarika had
patiently obliged at requests for songs one after another.
Another interesting feature was the interaction between
friends and relatives staying across the globe exchanging greetings and
jointly discussing about what song would they request Dr Hazarika to sing.
Partha from England chatted with Juri of Bangalore. This was followed by
many more on-line charts and requests for the noted singer Malabika Bora
also from Rajib Barua and Simanta from Boston, USA to Sing from the film
"Hiya Diya Niya." There were also on-line chatting, greetings,
requests from netizens from various parts of India like- Jayanta Borah (Bangalore),
Bhaskar Chetia (Pune), Rishi Pathak (Hyderabad), Shyam Pratim Dev
Choudhury (Delhi), Gunajit Sharma (Bangalore), Dipankar Talukdar (Silchar)
It needs to be mentioned that the site vedanti.com had
been hit more than 2 lakhs time during this period of Bihu activity
raising more than 1GB of data transfer. These figures are phenomenal by
all standards of web activity and only goes on to witness the tremendous
interaction viewers had on the Internet those days.
Date : 17 April, 2002
Dr Hazarika enthrals global viewers from Pub Guwahati
Guwahati : People from across the globe enjoyed the live
performance of the living legend Dr Hazarika last night at the Pub
Guwahati Bihu Sanmilanee. Thanks to the technology used by the SM Computer
Consultants private limited in the
When Dr Hazarika appeared in the stage at 11.35 p.m.,
requests from the NRIs, and specially those of Assam origin from the
various countries, started to pour in. Dr Hazarika, in his more than 90
minutes program had fulfillment each and every request of the NRIs. He
enthralled the user of www.vedanti.com along with more than ten thousand
enthusiastic crowd at the Bihutoli with his old melodies which were
requested by the users as well as the audience here.
It may be mentioned that the people from across the
globe enjoyed the performance of Dr Hazarika through the interactive
webcasting of the Bihu with the web-site, www.vedanti.com. With the
conferencing facilities using video, audio or text tools user from places
like USA, Canada, Russia, France, Italy, Australia, Kenya, Singapore,
United Kingdom, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Tezpur and even from the various
places of the city, requested Dr Hazarika to sing their favorite numbers.
The user also used IP telephony, video and audio tools to interact with Dr
Hazarika. The giant screen at the Bihutoli even displayed the
caller’s video and the text.
Terming this interactive webcasting of the programme
where people of the globe got the opportunity to enjoy it as a positive
step, Dr Hazarika said, this development will help the Assamese songs to
attain global popularity more easily.
Date : 14 April, 2002
Interactive live webcasting of Bihu
Guwahati : Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan, Chandmari, has
entered into a negotiation with SM Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd.,
Guwahati for live interactive web cast of their Bihu celebrations this
year through their popular web site www.vedanti.com
, stated a press release.
Although web casting will be at the same rune as that of
last year when 22,000 hts were recorded in just four days, there shall be
two major exceptions to it. Firstly, the web casting will be interactive
in which the Internet user shall be able to communicate with the
performing artists at the Bihutoli at the same time with conferencing
facilities using video, audio or text tools.
The user may asked for a number to the performed by
Bhupen Hazarika on April 15 or even discuss using IP telephony, video and
audio tools. The giant screens at the premises shall even go on to display
the caller’s video, text and amplify his audio message to the general
public. A local TV channel will also telecast the video and audio feed
received by the web site. Secondly, the web cast shall be on breadboard
connectivity so that signal feeds are faster and better, the release
Date : 3 April, 2002
Pub Guwahati Bihu celebration from April 14
Guwahati : The Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan is going to
celebrate this year’s Rongali Bihu from April 14 to 17 at Chandmari
field, stated a press release. The Sanmilan, according to it, has emerged
as the biggest Bihu Sanmilan of Assam and will stress on the folk cultural
of Assam as well as North-east. Several eminent artist like Dr Bhupen
Hazarika, Mr Dwepen Barua, Mr Samar Hazarika will enlighten the occasion
along with Mouchumi Saharia and Trishna Devi among others. The programme
will be available at the website www.vedanti.com besides the local cable
TV channel, "Prag Channel".
Date : 1 April, 2002
Singer to perform on request from fans via video mail
at Chandmari Bihutoli
Bihu gift for Bhupen cyber club
Guwahati : "Just Request". Organisers of the
Chandmari Bihutoli may not have taken a cue from a popular music channels
programmes of the same name, but then worldwide audiences can actually
have Bhupen Hazarika croon their favourite numbers
through an Internet "request" programme this Bihu.
As dusk settles over the Chandmari field on April 15.
Hazarika will have a tough time obliging his fans at the venue.
Additionally, he will have to entertain hundreds of e-mail requests from
around the globe.
Rongali Bihu celebrations at the Chandmari playground
are organised by the Pub Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan committee. Web portal <vedanti.com>
will offer a live interaction programme with Hazarika during his stage
performance this year.
"We wanted to extend this interaction facility to
other artistes as well, but had to drop the idea because of several
constraints," Basanta Das, general secretary of the Bihu committee,
The Bihu function in Chandmari is believed to be
Hazarika’s personal favorite. He refers to it as his "para Bihu"
Das said the image of a fan (making a request), as
captured by a web camera, would be reproduced on giant screens at the
"The audience will witness the interaction between
Hazarika and his fans elsewhere. It need not be just the song it could
also be a conversation between the maestro and one of his countless
fans," he said.
Das said the portal received 22,000 e-mail messages
after its pioneering webcast of last year’s Bihu celebrations.
"Everyone wanted us to do a similar thing this Bihu. But we thought
of doing something different. Our aim is to make use of modern technology
to promote our culture."
The Bhupen Hazarika concert will be telecast live on a
local cable channel, as in previous years.
Other singers who will perform at the same Bihu function
include Dwipen Barua. Samar Hazarika, Trishna Devi, Malabika Bora,
Moushumi Saharia, Kalpana Patowary, Pankaj Dutta and Mayukh Hazarika.
Another highlight of the Bihu celebrations at the
Chandmari playground will be the "Asom Bihutoli’ competition for
"Bihu Ranis" and "Bihu Kunwaris" from across the
The contests for the titles of best Bihu dancer (male
and female) and best Bihu team are slated for April 15 and 16.
Date : July 24
Local dotcoms brave meltdown
Guwahati : With the meltdown in the US economy, the IT
industry has been badly affected. No wonder that Indian companies like
infosys, Satyam, Wipro, together with Internet portals such as
123india.com, indya.com, go4i.com and the like are facing different times.
However, in the middle of this rubble, there are still a
few who have managed to not only remain standing but have also consolidate
their position. It, therefore, is perhaps a matter of pride that quite a
few websites from the region did not had to bit the dust. Rather, a number
of them have already started to gear up to combat the poor response to
e-commerce and trading.
Says Sanjib Barthakur of vedanti.com, one of the
earliest North-East web sites launched on August 15, 1998. "The
response to e-business has been very poor. Even through on an average we
get 4000-5000 ‘hits’ everyday, the public is not yet accustomed to the
idea of buying and selling online."
The web site has various stores such as books, music and
video- it even allows one to trade online through classified ads. Even
then, these categories haven’t really done as well as expected. Although
there are four methods through which one can buy things- credit card,
cheque, demand draft and cash-on-delivery, people are still apprehensive
about the security of such transactions.
Vedanti.com, therefore, has other means- web casting to
be precise - to rope in viewers. During the Bihu celebrations this year,
the web site transmitted live as well as deferred telecast of the
functions held at various ‘bihutolis’ around Guwahati . The web
casting was the first of its kind in the entire North-East. Reliving its
short history, Barthakur stated that the web site initially had an
investment of Rs. 65,000. The annual costs, too, were not very high for
the first two years. But after re-launching itself, its annual costs have
risen to Rs 35 lakhs. "The fact is that vedanti.com would break even
within the next 6 months," he said.
On future plans, Barthakur said the site would go in for
major changes and include MP3 music (including vernacular ones!) as well
as on-demand web cast 24 hours a day. For this, the site has already
acquired broadband facilities. The servers, on the other hand, are located
at Gurgaon, Haryana and a mirror site at Colorado, USA.
"I expect areas of e-commerce such as membership
services to do well but have doubts about direct buying and selling,"
But the first purely B2B (Business-to-business) and B2C
(Business-to-commerce) web site from the North East is guwhati4u.com.
Launched last November, this web site was started as a reaction to the
fact that Guwahati lacked a proper e-commerce web site. It also helped
that one of the partners had the required infrastructure in place already.
The total initial investment was therefore Rs 1.5 lakhs.
"The monthly costs roughly work out to Rs 25,000-
by next month, we should break even, said Sunil Jain of guwhati4u.com.
Guwahati4u.com is a youth centric portal and its chat
rooms are very popular according to Jain. Another popular feature is
pizzas delivery. "We have a large choice of pizzas at fairly
reasonable prices. They are delivered at your doorstep within 45
minutes," Jain said.
Date : November 5
Vedanti.com introduces new package
Guwahati : After the successful live webcasting of Bihu
celebrations, Cotton College centenary celebrations and last election
analysis, vedanti.com, the first and the complete web portal of the
North-east, introduced a new package with a unique membership programme.
One may earn huge money and many her incentives by participating in the
After becoming a member, one gets access to financial
benefits and other services. On the fortnightly drew which will begin in
the middle of this month, a member will have to attempt on-line quizzes
and score points on it. After meeting the qualifying requirements by
taking different quizzes, once or twice in a day a member can win prizes
worth Rs 15,000 every 15 days. There will be a minimum of 24 such draws,
during the period membership, extended over a period of one year and
members can thus win up Rs 3,60,000 by the year end. In another category
of membership, there is provision for a super draw with a prize money of
additional Rs 1,00,000 by the year end.
Moreover, apart from these financial benefits, a members
can download MP3 Assamese music from an archive of 1000 odd numbers
constituting renowned artists like Bhupen Hazarika, Biren Dutta, Khagen
Mahanta, Zubin Garg and many others. There is a service, called
Movie-on-demand which a member can avail of by clicking a button and
watching thereby classic Assamese movies on-line. Prominent shopping
centres in the city are giving attractive discounts to the members of the vedanti
community. Some of them include Kay Cee Computers (on HCL computers),
Cyber Zone (on internet browsing service), Computer Book Centre (on
computer books), Digital Computech System (on computers). Satyam On-line,
the leading ISP of Asia, is offering various value-added services and free
gifts to vedanti members. Multibyte Computers, the leading and
fully accredited DOEACC ‘O’ Level Institute is offering up to 10 per
cent discount for various computer programmes. The winners every fortnight
will be felicitated in a public function and their profiles will be
publicised in various media including TV membership forms will be accepted
on-line only from non-resident Indians and the details of which may be
found in the website.
Individuals may apply for membership of the portal on an
annual basis through on-line services of the website. Membership forms are
also available at the company’s office and several other outlets across
the city. The membership forms will be made available in the major towns
of Assam and elsewhere in the country as well.
Forms are available at cyber Zone (B Barooah Road,
opposite to Nehru Stadium), Kay Cee Computers (GS Road), Computer Book
Centre (Panbazar), Digital Computech System (RGB Road, near Commerce
College), Asom On-line (Silpukhuri, opposite to Goswami Service), Dolly’s
Point Hallmark Card Gallary (RGB Road, opposite to Usha Court), besides
the promoters SM Computer Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (GNB Road, Silpukhuri,
Guwahati -3) Phone No 662105, 662156; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Date : November 12, 2006'
Showing the way - Vijayanta Sharma Pathak writes about vedantiNET,
the first high bandwidth high profile Metro Area Network of Eastern India.
The IT sector has proved beyond doubt that Indian films take on the
world. The new breed of Indian entrepreneurs is confident it can break
even with the best of the world. Aggressive and fearless, some have even
built brands that are recognized globally .Back home, the project called
Vedanti Net is the first and foremost high bandwidth high -profile fiber-
enhanced Metro Area Network of eastern India in Guwahati. This network is
the first in the country to cover a whole city. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune,
Delhi & Chennai have done it in parts. Indian Express's sister
publication, Express Computer has written that Guwahati has shown the way
with VedantiNet blanketing Asom's capital city & providing multiple
services, including news, e-ticking and even online software licensing.
One has to think
big to achieve big. Setting up search a project with the infrastructure
and manpower available in the Northeast is something like reaching for the
starch. Guwahati is recognized as the Gateway to the North East not only
in terms of Communication access and geographic location but also in terms
of IT infrastructure development ant strategic nodal point. the government
has also offered good incentives in the form of bonus subsides to IT
projects in the region. SM Computer Consultants has taken up the
ambitious task of networking personal compuers(PCs)across Guwahati by
means of metropolitan area network (MAN). with technology, function,
services and operation s focused at the highest international level, there
has been no compromise in quality at a reasonably affordable limit.
The project offers multiple
services to the subscribers using a fiber optic backbone. The fiber
backbone is laid overhead across the city's main streets across 40 km upon
300 prefabricated steel posts. It is an inter-networking environment
of independent households , sky rise, industry houses, corporate offices
and all other set-up, including schools, colleges and universities. The
inter-networking facilitates internet gateway access with video, voice and
data services. Video on demand and audio on demand are two top business
propositions in the US and this is being offered in the city. Apart fro
the Broadband internet, video conferencing and voice over internet
protocol (VOIP), SM Computer Consultants offers Instant News.
In addition to web casting
video-audio news capsules at scheduled intervals, every viewers gets
access to telescripts of news in automated process around - the -clock.
Events are fed from local, national and international news networks on
current and latest affairs. Reputed TV producers present weekly news
programs called video magazine from the local context. City monitoring
provides information on Guwahati city, which includes every possible
department. It also renders information on weathers, entertainment, road
show, yellow pages, sports cultural, profession, police and you name it.
The Guwahatian would no longer
need to trudge to the air, rain and surface transport offices for
reservation originating in Guwahati. E-ticketing in the metro area Network
enables a member to get the status of booking online, and better still,
the ticket gets delivered on your door steps next day. Tele Medicine
service offers scheduled medical consultation involving leading city-based
Nursing homes. The consultation is confidential and it can be carried out
on video or scripts. Medicines and other prescribed steps also get
delivered on the patient's premises after electronic billing expenditure
is met. The only difference is that there is no physical examination of
Members can get access
to a library of over 50,000 digitally redesigned MP3 Audio albums fro
traditional and classical chartbusters with the numbers increasing with
regular intervals, a member has the privileges of demanding his
individuals choice of album being played number less times at the click of
the mouse. Video on demand enables a member to access a library of over
5,000 digitally re-mastered video albums from Bollywood , Hollywood and
Asomiya and Bengali Chartbusters, including documentaries. Another service
is access to 100 and more web TV channels dealing with news, music,
sports, video and other entertainment area.
IP-VPN service allows
corporate, institutional, Banking and other business in the city to be
network into a fool prove private Network of their own for inter-office
actives. A single or multi-layer access to the backbone and internet
allows coordination's and transfer of files, distributed processing,
multimode report generation and online liaison and E-shopping activities
among branches. Online software leasing enables as members to procure
software from leading manufactures such as Microsoft, lotus, Novel, AT and
T, Borland, Norton and others. Electronic cash transfer through online
trading of services is also on offer in E-Shopping. In network Gaming,
hobbyist and enthusiasts of computer game play online from a library of
3,500 titles over the network for amazingly different experience. one
plays football or cricket with 11 others in private over the network.
Early on in 2002, SM Computer Consultants, through its web portal
www.vedanti.com, demonstrated the
best of web technology compromising video, audio and text
conferencing including IP telephony or Broadband to bring Bihu to several
thousand browsers across the global. the program displayed on three
giant screens at the pub Guwahati. Bihutoli, Chandmari witnessed
unprecedented response from various corners of the worlds. Non- resident
Assamese requested Dr.Bhupen Hazarika to sing their favorite numbers even
as they exchanged videos through online interaction.
The state government is
using this services of the national informatics centre for linking
district and sub divisional headquarters with Dispur. Another project in
the pipeline is the Assam State Wide Area Network (ASWAN), a
government of India project. Because VedantiNet is a private enterprises,
it become a policy matter for the government to avail of its services. But
if it so prefers, the concepts of E-governance or paperless governances
can be applied through the network in the city to cater to government
departments. "Apart from the flow of information at great speed and
resultant decisions, there is, more importantly, enough time for work
analysis which no one is doing literally", says Sanjeeb Barthakur, CEO of
"What we had on our minds was high-speed connectivity access of our
customers. We sought to offer a number of services through a physically
laid-out network and the idea was all about using Metropolitan Area
Network". Conceived in mid-2004, the project went live in May, 2006 and
still growing. In the near future thousands of computers would be
linked to the MAN grid even as IDBI, Indian Oil and NEDFi avail multiple
sources of the network in Assam Capital city.