JORHAT, Nov 7 - Two veteran artistes of Jorhat � Sangeetpran Indreswar Sarma and Bibhucharan Baruah, who were closely associated with Dr Bhupen Hazarika, were felicitated by the Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) at a function in the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) here on the occasion of Dr Hazarika�s fourth death anniversary on Thursday.
Both of them have made immense contributions to the field of Assamese songs and music.
With the support of Jorhat district administration and AAU authority, DIPR organised the programme where eminent journalist Padma Bhushan Shekhar Gupta delivered the fourth Dr Bhupen Hazarika Memorial lecture on the topic, �Perspective of Media and its future in the context of present political scenario of India: The role of new generation in bringing transparency.�
Recounting his varied experiences as a reporter in the State during the Assam agitation, Gupta said though that particular period was a difficult one for the people it was an interesting period for a journalist as he had report on different kinds of situations that occurred in different pockets.
Citing the praiseworthy exposures of Assamese youths in national and international arenas, Gupta expressed his optimistic views on the talents of the new generation, many of whom had already made the people proud by their performances in different fields including the media.
He said that journalists as well as the society are now more empowered because of transparency. However, he said that he still opposed the idea of citizen journalists as sometimes many reports of such journalists lose credibility.
�If there is no citizen-advocate and citizen-doctor why there should be citizen-journalists? The serious and responsible profession of journalism requires proper training. I am still opposing the idea of citizen-journalism,� said Gupta. However, he refrained from speaking about the perspective of media �in the context of present political scenario of India� though the topic needed his views on that particular subject.
Along with several local citizens, the teachers and students of AAU, the programme was attended by DIPR director Ranjit Gogoi, AAU Vice-Chancellor Dr KM Bujarbaruah, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Solanki Vishal Vasant, Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami and many other dignitaries.