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Pratima Pandey Award to Snehalata Das

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GUWAHATI, Dec 27 - The Pratima Baruah Pandey Memorial Award for the year 2015 was formally handed over to Kamrupi folk music exponent Snehalata Das at Swahid Udyan at Chandmari here today.

Instituted by the All Assam Students� Union (AASU), the award, commemorating the 13th death anniversary of legendary Goalporiya folk singer Pratima Baruah Pandey, carries Rs 25,000 cash, an eri shawl and a shorai.

A popular All India Radio artiste, Das was chosen for the award for spearheading the cause of Kamrupi folk music through her tireless involvement in the field over the last many years. The award was presented by AASU chief adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, its president Dipankar Kumar Nath and general secretary Lorin Jyoti Gogoi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bhattacharya said Pratima Baruah Pandey was a silent crusader of folk music and was able to catapult the State�s folk music to the world stage.

�Now it is our responsibility to further popularise her legacy and promote folk music, especially among the next generation. The State Government must take initiatives to preserve and popularise her work. There is a huge scope for research in her works. Her Matiyabag residence (Gauripur) needs to be preserved and turned into a museum for the world to see and acknowledge,� he said.

The AASU also demanded that the State Government along with the universities introduce chairs in the name of legends like Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Jyotiprasad Agarwala, Phani Sarma, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Pratima Baruah Pandey and Rameshwar Pathak.

Receiving the award, Snehalata Das said she was humbled by the fact the she has been chosen for an award named in the memory of a legendary folk artiste who has been the torchbearer of folk music in Assam.

�The award will further boost my spirit to work for promotion of our folk music, especially among the new generation,� Das said.

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Pratima Pandey Award to Snehalata Das

GUWAHATI, Dec 27 - The Pratima Baruah Pandey Memorial Award for the year 2015 was formally handed over to Kamrupi folk music exponent Snehalata Das at Swahid Udyan at Chandmari here today.

Instituted by the All Assam Students� Union (AASU), the award, commemorating the 13th death anniversary of legendary Goalporiya folk singer Pratima Baruah Pandey, carries Rs 25,000 cash, an eri shawl and a shorai.

A popular All India Radio artiste, Das was chosen for the award for spearheading the cause of Kamrupi folk music through her tireless involvement in the field over the last many years. The award was presented by AASU chief adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, its president Dipankar Kumar Nath and general secretary Lorin Jyoti Gogoi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bhattacharya said Pratima Baruah Pandey was a silent crusader of folk music and was able to catapult the State�s folk music to the world stage.

�Now it is our responsibility to further popularise her legacy and promote folk music, especially among the next generation. The State Government must take initiatives to preserve and popularise her work. There is a huge scope for research in her works. Her Matiyabag residence (Gauripur) needs to be preserved and turned into a museum for the world to see and acknowledge,� he said.

The AASU also demanded that the State Government along with the universities introduce chairs in the name of legends like Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Jyotiprasad Agarwala, Phani Sarma, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Pratima Baruah Pandey and Rameshwar Pathak.

Receiving the award, Snehalata Das said she was humbled by the fact the she has been chosen for an award named in the memory of a legendary folk artiste who has been the torchbearer of folk music in Assam.

�The award will further boost my spirit to work for promotion of our folk music, especially among the new generation,� Das said.