NAGAON, Jan 3 - In an effort to discuss the problems of Majuli, the Society for Sreemanta Sankardev in collaboration with Assam Foundation of North America organised Majuli Frienship Day here today.
Inaugurating the event, Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, Vice Chancellor of Mahapurush Sreemanta Sankardev Vishwavidyalaya expressed serious concern over unabated flood-induced river bank erosion suffered by Majuli since several decades now. He stressed on plantation of trees and taking proper scientific measures to address the problem of erosion faced by river island Majuli in Jorhat district.
A number of eminent personalities, including Dr Rajan Vaidya of Assam University, Silchar, Janardan Goswami, Satradhikar of Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Majuli, Professor Prasanta Kumar Bordoloi, Director of Kaziranga University, Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, president of Majuli Island Protection and Development Council, celebrated self-taught naturalist Jadav Payeng, engineer Shantanu Bhattacharjyya, Dr Binoy Bordoloi, Director of Assam Foundation, North America, Professor Dilip Kumar Medhi, retired professor of Gauhati University shed light on different problems afflicting river island Majuli, like partially arresting the erosion problem by planting trees and taming the turbulent Brahmaputra.
The speakers also expressed collective concern for not including Majuli in the World Heritage Site list and subsequently put forward a number of suggestions so as to help wrest the coveted title in the near future.
Earlier, Dr S Borkakoti, president of the Society for Sreemanta Sankardev, welcomed the guests
An exhibition of photographs and different items used in enacting bhaona were displayed. A number of Satriya cultural events like Borgeet, Gayon Bayon, Thionaam, Satriya dance, Diha Naam, folk songs etc were presented in the function.
As a part of the itinerary, highly celebrated internationally renowned naturalist Jadav Payeng of Majuli was felicitated at the function.