JORHAT, Nov 11 - The Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial All Assam Art Competition for Jorhat district was held on Sunday at the Chandrakanta Handique Bhawan here.
Organised by the Assam Tribune Sports Club, the annual art competition for the participants of Jorhat district was inaugurated by noted artist Jabalika Khound by lighting a lamp in front of the photograph of Radha Govinda Baruah.
Despite inclement weather with drizzle continuing, there was great enthusiasm among the participants and their parents and guardians in bringing their children to join the contest.
Khound, speaking on the occasion, paid glowing tributes to Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah, the founder of the Assam Tribune Group of Publications and a pioneer of sports in the State who contributed a lot to the society�s development.
Khound also lauded the initiative of the Assam Tribune Sports Club in organising the contest.
Over 150 students participated in the competition in two groups � from Class V to VIII and from Class IX to XII. Former Ward Commissioner of Jorhat Municipal Board and owner of Jorhat Changkakoti Book Stall Nirod Changkakoti was present on the occasion as a special guest.
In his address, Changkakoti while paying tributes to Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah, recalled the immense contributions of Baruah towards the growth of newspapers in Assam.
Our Morigaon Correspondent adds: The Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial All Assam Art Competition, 2019 was successfully held here yesterday at Sanjivani Kala Niketan, Morigaon with enthusiasm. More than 100 students of different schools of the district participated.
Inaugurating the art competition, Rituraj Bora, Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon recalled the contributions of late RG Baruah, the pioneer of newspaper industry of Assam and said that Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah was the architect of modern Assam. He thanked the Assam Tribune Sports Club under whose auspices the art competition is being held throughout the State. This will help the younger generation to know about the life and works of RG Baruah, he said and added that through the competition a healthy atmosphere of painting will prevail at the school level.
Addressing the gathering, Kishore Das, Secretary, Guwahati Artists Guild said that creativity of young students of Assam must be developed and Singhapurush RG Baruah Art Competition will help in this direction. He appealed to the district administration to establish a platform for the artists of Morigaon so that development of artistic activities continue in the district.
Speaking on the occasion , Narendra Nath Keot, retired Principal of Morigaon College thanked the Assam Tribune Sports Club for the positive step in creating an environment to mould young artists through Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Art Competition, which is also a real tribute to RG Baruah.
Addressing the gathering, Mileswar Pator, former President of Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha said that the Assam Tribune Sports Club should go ahead with this event which will show the young generation the path of art and culture in a correct way. The entire art competition was conducted by Jyoti Prasad Mahanta, Principal, Morigaon Sanjivani Kala Niketan and he was assisted by Mridul Bora, Kamal Mahanta, Mridul Deka and Dipjyoti Saikia.
ANN Service from Raha adds: �With its ethical and responsible stand, the Assam Tribune Group has kept people�s faith in journalism intact. The group has set an example for others by not deviating from the path shown and established by Radha Govinda Baruah decades back,� said Pallavi Kachary, Circle Officer, Raha while formally inaugurating the Singhapurush RG Baruah Memorial All Assam Art Competition here.
�The Assam Tribune Sports Club has done a commendable job by organizing the art competition among the students throughout the State. The competition has inspired the students to exhibit their artistic talents as well as learn about the architect of modern Assam RG Baruah and his great works,� she said in her inaugural speech. The Circle Officer inaugurated the competition by drawing a picture of a bird and a flower in a minute.
The competition was organized at Raha Adarsha Sishu Bikash Kendra in association with �Akonir Kabita Ghor�, a children organization of Raha. More than 100 contestants came to participate in the competition despite incessant rainfall.
Dr Krishna Kanta Tamuli, Dean, College of Fisheries, Raha, Manash Saikia, DSP, Nagaon, Mridul Hazarika, member, AASU central committee, Lakshman Das, OC, Raha PS, Dhruba Das, Chairman, Raha municipality, Chayanika Deka, Headmistress, Rambha Dutta , senior teacher, Raha Adarsha Sishu Bikash Kendra attended the inaugural function as distinguished guests.
Dr Tamuli and Manash Saikia lit the earthen lamp before the portrait of RG Baruah. Floral tributes were also paid before his portrait.
Chayanika Deka, in her speech, spoke on the great works of the Lion Man of Assam. She called upon the student participants to follow the ideals of great personalities like late RG Baruah.
Dr Tamuli, in his speech, thanked the Assam Tribune Sports Club for organizing such a competition on an all-Assam basis and wished the contestants success.
At the beginning, all the guests were felicitated with a phulam gamusa by Dibya J Borthakur on behalf of the Assam Tribune Sports Club. The invigilators of the competition Abani Saikia, Rantu Mudoi, Pankaj Paroi were also felicitated. The programme was anchored by Rantu Mudoi of Akonir Kabita Ghor.
It might be added here that Aradhana Bordoloi of Amsoi, Raha who secured the first position in last year�s RG Baruah All Assam Memorial Art Competition also joined the competition on Sunday as one of the contestants.