ilchar, Sept 27: In a matter of pride and great joy for the people of Barak Valley and Assam at large, Moulina Bhattacharjee, a student of Class IX at Daffodils School Silchar won the first prize in the state-level online painting competition organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Assam.
An attractive oil pastel sketch of the historic Rang Ghar in Sivasagar district, Moulina bagged the first prize on the theme Heritage Monuments of Assam in the group B category covering students from Class VIII to Class IX. Mriganka Hazarika from Gyan Vikas Academy, Sootea and Probal Pratim Kalita from Maharishi Vidya Mandir in Tihu were the second and third prize winners respectively in the group B category.
Students of classes III-VII in Group A had sent their paintings on Wildlife in Assam while students of classes X-XII in Group C submitted their paintings on Mighty Brahmaputra and rivers of Assam.
In sync with this year's central theme: Tourism for Inclusive Growth, the Government of Assam underscored the importance of restarting tourism in the state in the post COVID situation.
At the state level celebration of World Tourism Day 2021 at the Srimanta Sankardeva International auditorium (Kalakshetra) on Monday, Moulina received her prize including a cash award, memento, gift hamper and certificate from the State Minister of Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare, Cultural Affairs and Power Bimal Borah in the presence of Chief Executive Member Bodoland Territorial Council Promod Boro, additional chief secretary Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare, Cultural Affairs PK Borthakur, Executive members from Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, Dr Amitabh Dey, principal Institute of Hotel Management, Guwahati and other officials.
"We are celebrating World Tourism Day today and I welcome all to Assam, a state blessed with nature's bounty together with rich linguistic and cultural heritage. But in the past, certain hindrances deterred attracting tourists to our state. But now Assam is on course to become a tourist's paradise. I thank everyone for their collective efforts towards the objective," Borah said in his speech.
Expressing her reactions after receiving the prize, Moulina said, "I am elated to receive the prize. The unique architecture of Rang Ghar had attracted me for the sketch. The Honourable Tourism Minister congratulated me and encouraged me for the work which is all the more inspiring." She was quick to thank her teachers and her school for their guidance and support. "I wish to pursue a career in Visual Arts," Moulina added.
"We are happy for our daughter and will support her in her ambition in life ahead," said Abhijit Bhattacharjee, father of Moulina. Sandipan Dutta Purakayastha, teacher of visual arts at the Daffodils School Silchar also shared his happiness appreciating Moulina's achievement.