BARPETA, June 18 - Four books were released in a solemn function held at Sarthebari Public Library recently. The meeting held on the occasion was organised jointly by Mrityunjay Prakashan, the publisher of the books and Sarthebari Anchalik Committee of AASU and was presided over by Adhar Chandra Deka, retired Principal of Sarthebari Higher Secondary School.
Releasing the book Loka Sangeet Sanchayan Vol 1, Dr Madhurjyamandit Baruah, Head of the Assamese Department at Krishnaguru Adhyatmik Viswavidyalay said that history of folk songs in Assam can be traced back to 3000 BC. But it got royal recognition when Kumar Bhaskar Barma the then emperor of Assam used to present folk songs before the then visiting dignitary Hiuen Tsang every evening during his stay here. Dr Barua an erudite scholar in the field of literature and culture said that tribals are an indispensable part of the greater Assamese society and hence efforts to differentiate folk songs as tribal folk songs and Assamese folk songs is a sign of immaturity.
Bora also lamented that Mahapurush Sri Sri Harideva and Sri Sri Damodardeva have not been able to get their due honour in Assam. He opined that Assam is yet to recognise their scholastic depth of knowledge and it is time to unearth their creativity and thought so that these two saints can be bestowed their due honour and recognition.
Releasing Naam Sarathi, Dr Daksheswar Deka, Principal in charge of Rangia College said that word is the most powerful tool for creativity, the proper use of which can change a society and world as whole.
In his speech, Hemkanta Mahanta, satradhikar of the historic Gomura Satra, who released the book Lok Sangeet Sanchayan Vol 2 lauded the effort of Chandra Kanta Barman, the anthologer for his efforts to preserve the treasures of folk culture which are facing extinction.
The fourth book Prarthana was released by Harendra Nath Deka, retired headmaster of BR Milan High School and former secretary of the Sadou Assam Dev Damodar Sangha. Deka in his speech stated that Assam is facing tough times warned that if we don�t stand unitedly irrespective of caste, creed and religious affiliation our identity and our language will be at stake.Foundation stone of Nagaon Cancer Hospital laid
NAGAON, June 18 - The bhumi puja of Nagaon Cancer Hospital was performed today by Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu at Mahkhuli here. In his address, Pegu said that June 18 is a remarkable day for the entire State because today bhumi puja of 19 cancer hospitals were being performed which will be built jointly by Assam government and the Tata Trust. These hospitals will serve the people of Assam and the North East.
Anil Kumar, on behalf of Tata Trust, Nagaon DIPRO Samar Kalita, DTO Samar Pujari, officers and employees of Health department and general public were present in the function.