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Rich tributes paid to Rupkonwar across State


BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 18 - The chief advisor of AASU, Dr Samajjul Bhattacharya has urged the Assam Government to take steps to preserve the historical monuments that recall the memories of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala.

It may be mentioned here that the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) observed the Silpi Divas centrally at Kamalakanta Kshetra here with a three-day programme on January 15, 16 and 17.

Participating in the main function of the programme, the AASU leader also gave a call to establish universities in the memory of the maestro. Earlier, the programme commenced with the flag hoisting by Dipanka Kumar Nath, president, All Assam Students� Union. Subsequently, the swahid tarpan was initiated by Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, general secretary of All Assam Students� Union. The chief advisor of AASU, Dr Samajjul Bhattacharya paid floral tributes and lit the earthen lamps in front of the statue of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala.

It was followed by a cultural gathering and presentation of Guard of Honour. AASU general secretary, Lurin Jyoti Gogoi elaborated on the aims and objectives of the student body. He also dwelt at length the activities undertaken by them for the welfare and benefit of the people of the State.

The open session was attended by dignitaries, including Dr Samajjul Bhattacharya, Dipanka Kumar Nath, Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, Duldul Borkataki, Prajnan Bhuyan and the office bearers of several student bodies and other organisations.

Earlier, the divas began with dihanaam and drawing competitions on January 15.

The second day�s programmes included cultural and literary competition while the exhibition was inaugurated by Dhiraj Jyoti Kalita, Deputy Commissioner of Biswanath district. The cultural night was inaugurated by Diganta Kumar Choudhury, Superintendent of Police, Biswanath.

DERGAON: The death anniversary of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala was observed with a day-long programme at Missamara near here yesterday. The programme was organised by a group of students of Rural Agricultural Work Experience Programme (RAWEP) at Burahlikson Sugarcane Research Station (BSRS) Missamara under Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, in association with the Khanikar Senior Basic School.

In the morning, the programme was initiated by assistant teacher of the school Prasen Dutta with floral tributes in front of the portrait of Jyotiprasad Agarwala after a cleanliness drive and prayer. This was followed by art and poem recitation competition which was inaugurated by the president of school management committee Jatin Phukan.

Thereafter, a programme was held in which several cultural items were presented by the students of RAWEP. Among them, the dance drama directed by Devangana Barua was appreciated by all. In the programme, the chief scientist of BSRS, Dr Bijnan Chandra Bordoloi, retired headmaster of Sankardev High School Birendra Nath Barua, teacher of the school Jyoti Rajkhowa spoke on the contributions of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala to Assamese culture. The programme ended with the vote of thanks offered by Pankaj Puran on behalf of RAWEP students and HM Arun Bikash Barua on behalf of Khanikar SB school.

KALAIGAON : On the occasion of his 67th death anniversary, people of Tangla paid rich tributes to Jyotiprasad Agarwala. The programme was held at Purani Tangla LP school premises with a day-long programme. The event was organised jointly by the primary and high school management committees in collaboration with Purani Tangla Bhaskarjyoti Sangha.The event began with paying of homage and lighting of earthen lamps in front of the portrait of the cultural icon. Various cultural and sports competitions were organised for children.

In the open session, retired headmaster of Tangla HS School, Nilamoni Bora recalled the life and contributions of Rupkonwar. He further said that Rupkonwar was instrumental in bringing a sea change in Assamese cultural world. �Rupkonwar will always be remembered for his contributions to the Assamese cinema,� he said and appealed to the youths to follow his footsteps.

Participating in the programme, Moti Ram Rabha, headmaster of Purani Tangla High School, said that Rupkonwar was a true patriot and a symbol of unity and integrality, who dedicated himself for the betterment of Assamese culture.

NAGAON: Asam Sahitya Sabha in collaboration with Ajmal Foundation, observed the Silpi Divas centrally at Mariyam Ajmal College of Science and Technology premises, Hojai. The function started with the hoisting of flag by the president of celebration committee followed by paying of floral tributes at the portrait of Jyotiprasad Agarwala which was initiated by local singer Aftab Ahmed.

The open session was chaired by president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora. Addressing the session, newly-elected president of the Sabha, Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi explained the importance of observing Silpi Divas in the State.

To mark the occasion, Asam Sahitya Sabha felicitated eleven persons namely Bidya Rao, Aimi Borooah, Guna Mahanta, Sattriya dancer Saradi Saikia, singer Aftab Ahmed, dancer Chandan Dev, actress Pakiza Begum, singer Trishna Devi and artist Tikendrajit Saikia.

A souvenir Jyoti Prabah, edited by Professor Rajib Hussain was formally released at the function. President Dr Bora also released the mouthpiece of Hojai Sahitya Sabha and a collection of poems by Holy Bora. Students of Mariyam Ajmal College of Science and Technology presented a cultural programme on the occasion.

Nagaon district committee of Bharatiya Gana Natya Sangha and AJYCP also observed the Silpi Divas at Nagaon Press Club. Retired Professor and journalist Sabharam Majumdar, Debajani Borooah, Tulasi Muhan Bora, Mulan Laskar, Puja Saikia, Dipti Kumar Borooah, Birendra Nath Bora spoke on the occasion.

Several cultural programmes were presented at the function by Sagarika Bora, Helen Pandit, Upasana Das, Kaustavmani Kalita, Reshminara Begum, Dr Deben Muktier and others. Nijara Saikia, district secretary of the Gana Natya Sangha and her team neatly planned the programme and all the audience appreciated them.

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