DIBRUGARH, June 20 - The Directorate of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Dibrugarh district administration organised the central Bishnu Rabha Divas programme at the auditorium of Sri Sri Auniati Sakha Satra here today where Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was present.
The new auditorium of the Satra, built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.55 crore, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister yesterday.
The Chief Minister also presented the Bishnu Rabha Award 2020 to veteran artist Kandarpa Nath Sarma and dance exponent Jharna Saikia in the function. The award comprised a citation, sarai, angabastra and Rs 2 lakh.
Recalling the immense contributions of Bishnu Prasad Rabha, the Chief Minister announced that the State government would preserve the Samadhi Kshetra of cultural icon and set up a museum at Tezpur.
Describing Bishnu Rabha as an epitome of the rich cultural life of Assam, Sonowal said Bishnu Rabha Divas should not be restricted to the State alone but must be observed by the young generation everywhere. His life and cultural works must also be taught to the new generation, he said.
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Rameswar Teli, Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley, Director of Cultural Affairs Bishnu Kamal Bora, Media Adviser to Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami, Lahowal MLA Rituparna Baruah also paid their tribute to Bishnu Rabh and spoke on the occasion.
The award recipients also shared their thoughts on being honoured by the government.