GUWAHATI, Nov 29 � The year-long diamond jubilee celebrations of the New Art Players (NAP), a premier socio-cultural organisation, began with a daylong programme on November 23, stated a press release. The celebration started with the flag hoisting programme organised on the club premises at Jorpukhuripar here. The flag was unfurled by the club president, Dipok Kumar Barthakur amid a large gathering.
The inaugural function of the celebration, organised at the Rabindra Bhawan, started with a �Mangalacharan� presented by Kritanjali Goswami. Eminent educationist, litterateur and singer Prof Birendra Nath Datta was the chief guest who inaugurated the yearlong diamond jubilee celebration by lighting a lamp. Prof Datta congratulated the NAP members for completing 60 years, giving a new meaning to the words, �Society,� �Friendship� and �Art� and redefining the notion of �Amateur� by becoming the trendsetters.
Prof Datta also said that 60 years of meaningful existence is a glorious achievement for an amateur socio-cultural organisation like the NAP. The NAP has utilised art and artisans for cultural revitalisation. Eminent dramatist, actor and director Kulada Kumar Bhattacharya attended the function as the guest of honour. In his address, Bhattacharya said that the NAP has made commendable contribution to the society due to which the NAP has a glorious past, a fulfilling present and a promising future.
Earlier, NAP vice president Madhurima Kakoty welcomed the gathering, while Ajoy Dutta, vice president of the club, also spoke a few words about his association with this organisation. One of the founder members of the NAP, Dr Pradip Sarma gave a briefing on the 60-year journey of the club. General secretary of the club, Rathindra Narayan Bhattacharya announced the details of the year-long programme.
Dipok Kumar Barthakur, NAP president, in his presidential address, recalled his memories of 1954 when a group of school-leaving examinees and their associates, propelled by the fire of youth and their love for dramatics, decided to stage a play in free time. These dynamic young men were given a sense of direction by a stalwart called Mahendra Kumar Barua and thus, an organisation was born which was christened NAP.
The function concluded with the chanting of �Shanti Path� by Sushanta Sarkar.
Kalyan K Das, in a press release, said that to commemorate the occasion, a chorus was presented by the club members, which was conducted by Anupam Choudhory. Members of the NAP presented a full-length play, Abhijatree, which was directed by Dr Chinmoy Chakraborty at the same venue after the inaugural function.
The inaugural function was anchored by the NAP�s Ladies� Wing secretary, Mallika Barua.