GUWAHATI, Nov 20 - �Nahar Phule Nuhuway,� an interactive session with legendary singer Sudakshina Sarma organised by socio-cultural organisation Jyotirupa today, left the audience spellbound as the octogenarian hummed several of her immortal songs with enthusiasm and precision.
The programme held at Lakshmiram Barua Sadan here brought together several artistes, both veterans and those belonging to the younger generation.
With a heritage bequeathed to her by the likes of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Bishnu Rabha and Phani Sarma, Sudakshina Sarma, also known as Queen, recorded her first song, Nahar Phule Nuhuway, at the age of 10 with Kamal Narayan Chaudhary.
�I believe that it is the surroundings that make you what you are. When I came to Guwahati, I got the society that was very conducive to the growth of the artiste in me. The people I met in my early stages were like the torchbearers of the cultural world and I learnt a lot from them,� she said.
She also recalled the contributions of All India Radio for the growth and popularity of Assamese music.
Popular singer Jina Rajkumari enthralled the audience with Sudakshina Sarma�s song, Puri Gol Brinaban Uri Gol Sai. The audience also got to hear the prelude in the voice of Sudakshina Sarma herself. Several other songs were sung by the veteran singer, much to the joy of the audience.
�Sarma, who mesmerized Mahatma Gandhi with an Assamese bhajan, was the soul of all the songs from the film, Maniram Dewan. Songramor Lagne Aji, the immortal song from the film, is a song very close to her heart,� said advocate Dilip Hazarika, who had acted in the film.
The duo shared several other memories related to the film with the audience.
Remembering her brother and cultural icon, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Sudakshina Sarma paid her tribute to Bhupenda. When Mahatma Gandhi passed away, Bhupenda was asked to pen a song within a night to be recorded and aired the next night by All India Radio, Calcutta. It was only him who could do this,� she said.
Earlier, the president of Jyotirupa and Editor of The Assam Tribune, PG Baruah felicitated Sudakshina Sarma with a gamosa, cheleng chador, a bouquet, sarai and a citation.
Singers Surajit Malakar, Rishiraj Sarma, Babul Kalita and Kritanjali Goswami, among others, presented several songs of Sudakshina Sarma.
Artiste Surjya Goswami, Kamal Kataki, lyricist Kirti Kamal Bhuyan, actor Dinesh Das, among others, took part in the interactive session. Abani Choudhury compered the programme.