GUWAHATI, July 6 - A CD, the first of a series of evergreen Assamese songs of the popular All India Radio Guwahati programme Geetimalika, was formally released at a function in the Vivekananda Kendra auditorium this evening.
Prasar Bharati Chairman and writer Dr A Surya Prakash formally released the CD comprising 60 numbers in the presence of a gathering that included a number of eminent artistes of yesteryear.
Addressing the function, Dr Prakash termed the AIR Guwahati initiative a laudable venture which also reflected the overall responsibility and mandate of Prasar Bharati.
�It�s a unique initiative towards preserving our diverse cultural heritage. Geetimalika has been a niche programme spanning seven decades that comprises compositions by a number of eminent artistes including singers, lyricists and composers,� he said.
He added that Geetimalika�s time-tested endurance was testified to by the connect it made to three generations of Assamese music lovers, something unique for any radio station in the world.
Mitali Chatterjee, Deputy Director General of AIR Guwahati, in her welcome speech said that it was a difficult task to choose sixty songs from among the many gems preserved in the AIR Guwahati archives and which had been holding the audience for generations.
Station Director Dilip Kumar Das also addressed the function.