NALBARI, Feb 24 - Prominent artist Benu Misra was conferred the Jivan Silpi Award for 2016 in a function held on the Nalbari Art School premises here on the occasion of the first death anniversary of renowned artist, sculpture Jivan Silpi Adya Sarma on Monday.
The award consisting Rs 10,000, a memento and a citation, among others, has been instituted by the Nalbari Art School from this year.
Receiving the award, Misra lamented that the State Government has failed to give due recognition to artist Adya Sarma. He called upon the government to take steps to upgrade the Nalbari Art School founded by late Adya Sarma as a full-fledged art college. Misra also called upon the State government to take a cue from Bihar that has at least five art colleges.
The award giving function, presided over by Pabin Sarma, president of Nalbari Art School, was addressed among others by Ramani Barman, former State Education Minister, Jnanendra Barkakati, a senior artist and Rajlaxmi Misra, wife of Benu Misra.
In the evening, earthen lamps were lit at the Adya Sarma Udyan in the town. The Nalbari district unit of the AASU also organised a special programme billed Rang-Bhabana at the Gurdon Field in the evening to commemorate the death anniversary of the legendary artist.