GUWAHATI, Dec 25 - The year-long centenary celebration of the Assam Chatra Sanmilan started today all over the State under the aegis of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU). The Chatra Sanmilan was formed at a meeting held under the presidentship of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa at the Latasil Playground here on December 25, 1916. Noted freedom fighter late Chandra Nath Sarma had initially led the Sanmilan.
On the occasion, 99 earthen lamps were lit at public places of the district and sub-divisional headquarters of the State amidst the sound of the Assamese drum Doba, Sankh (the conch shell), Bartaal (the big clash cymbal), percussion instrument Mridanga and Uruli (ululation) as soon as the clock struck five in the evening. Local people took part in the functions enthusiastically, said an AASU press release here.
At the Latasil Playground, leading citizens, litterateurs, artistes, sports personalities, women and representatives of various organisations took part at the function that marked the beginning of the centenary celebration of the Sanmilan.
AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath, general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi and advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya informed the gathering at the Latasil Playground that AASU has chalked out an elaborate programme to celebrate the centenary of the Chatra Sanmilan.