JORHAT, Jan 29 - The coveted Bokul Bon Award 2016 was conferred on noted folk artiste Ajit Bora of Dergaon in recognition of his four decades of dedicated service in preserving and propagating Assamese lullabies, Bihu songs, Bongeet and many other traditional songs of the State.
In memory of �Bokul Bonor Kobi� Ananda Chandra Baruah, the award is presented every year to such a personality who has dedicated his or her life in an exemplary manner towards preservation and propagation of folk art, culture, traditional songs and dances of the State.
On behalf of the Bokul Bon Trust, Assam, the president of the Trust Samiran Bordoloi and eminent researcher and practitioner of Satriya culture Sonaram Sarma Burabhakat of the Titabor-based Kamalabari Satra conferred the award to Ajit Bora at a solemn function held at the Danbir Radhakanta Handique Bhaban here on Wednesday.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 along with a citation.
Praising Ajit Bora�s immense contribution in propagating Assamese folk songs among the young generation of the State, Bordoloi informed that several youths have over the years started learning traditional songs and music under Bora�s tutelage as he could attract the young learners through his skill in teaching such songs and music.
Along with the trustees and representatives of Bokul Bon Samaj, besides the president of Jorhat Sahitya Sabha Dhirendra Nath Gogoi, two sons and daughter-in-laws of Ananda Chandra Baruah also attended the programme, while representatives of many other organisations were also present.