GUWAHATI, Jan 16 � The State honoured two veteran artistes, Rajeswar Bordoloi and Nurul Haque with the Silpi Bota, 2014 today at a function held at the Rabindra Bhawan on the occasion of Silpi Divas.
The award carries Rs 1 lakh each, a sarai and a citation. The award was presented to both the artistes by Revenue Minister Prithvi Majhi.
Organized by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, in association with the Purbanchalia Sanskritik Kendra of Kolkata, the function was also attended by Minister of Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan.
Extending his heartfelt gratitude to the people of Assam for the recognition that has come his way today, Rajeswar Bordoloi, a renowned composer, said that his journey in the world of music will continue and with added meaning from now on. He said that such recognitions are morale boosters to his fraternity that is engrossed in creative pursuits.
Bordoloi, also an accomplished instrumentalist, has composed music for several Assamese films.
On the other hand, Nurul Haque, a well known lyricist said that he was elated at receiving the honour and it has multiplied his responsibility towards his job and fans. Haque has written songs for many hit Assamese movies and his
lyrics have been standing out on account of their simplicity and fidelity to nature. �I will continue to serve the society with my music,� he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Majhi stressed the importance of promoting the ideology of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala amongst the masses, particularly the younger generation, which is susceptible to the adverse impact of the social changes. Majhi called upon all to spread the message of unity and amity of Jyotiprasad Agarwala for a better future of the society.
Earlier, floral tributes were paid before the portrait of Rupkonwar by the dignitaries.
The Silpi Divas was observed across the State today and the contributions of Rupkonwar was recalled at various functions organized by different organisations, including the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and the Asom Gana Parisahd and its youth wing.
The AASU centrally observed the day at the birth place of Rupkonwar in Dibrugarh. The programme, held at Tamulbari Tea Estate, featured songs and poems as a tribute to the great literary man and included felicitation of several artistes.