GOALPARA, Jan 21 - Emphasising on the cultural pluralism and eclecticism of the greater Assamese society as reflected in the writings, dramas, poems and music of the great cultural doyen Jyotiprasad Agarwalla, keynote speaker, essayist and poet, as also the general secretary of Natun Sahitya Parishad, Samindra Huzuri said while addressing the open session on the occasion of Silpi Divas organised by the New Goapara Kala Kristi Sangha here that his creative contribution has become more relevant in contemporary Assamese society and people need to imbibe his ideals in order to live in peace and harmony.
He also said that according to Jyotiprasad Agarwalla, the word �Silpi� which is synonymous with culture is not confined to art and music only but rather it encompasses all the characteristics, viz., cutoms and tradition and manifestations of intellectual achievements of particular people or society and also said that all the people living in the society are �silpis� who work for the betterment of society in unique and paradoxical ways.
Referring to the writings and poems of the cultural doyen, Huzuri said that there has been a considerable influence on unifying the greater Assamese society and arousing the feelings of nationalism and patriotism among the masses during the turbulent days of freedom movement. His songs during that time attracted and evoked revolutionary zeal among the youths and referred to the use of a female protagonist in the first ever Assamese film Joymoti by the doyen.
Huzuri also mentioned that Jyotiprasad Agarwalla dedicated himself to fight against the counter culture spread by capitalism and imperialism and emphasised on local resources and composite structure for the growth of the Assamese society. He also said that all his dramas were written with social commitment and he gave insight on the play Labhita. Huzuri urged the Government to preserve the Bholaguri Tea Estate as a historical monument of Assam.
Earlier, Prof Ranjit Choudhury while explaining the objective of the meeting said that how the ideas and works of Jyotiprasad Agarwalla can influence different communities to live peacefully and harmoniously and how by popularising his works among the common people will have bearings on the present and future of the greater Assamese society in the making. The meeting was presided over by the president of New Goalpara Kala Kristi Sangha Khirod Kalita and coordinated by former principal Goalpara College Ratan Bhattacharya. An art competition was organised on the occasion and members of the Sangha presented the opening chorus at the open session. A cultural programme was also held in the evening.