GUWAHATI, Jan 17 � Along with the rest of the State, various organisations of Guwahati observed Silpi Diwas, the death anniversary of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala today.
The All Guwahati Students� Union (AGSU) organised a programme at Swahid Nyas, which was inaugurated by music maestro Ramen Barua. Along with the students of various schools and colleges of the city, many eminent artistes and litterateurs took part in the programme.
After the tribute paying ceremony, a screening of Rupkonwar's masterpiece Joymoti was held. The film has been carefully preserved by cultural activist Altaf Mazid.
The Central Guwahati Students' Union also remembered the Rupkonwar on the occasion of Silpi Diwas by organising a tribute ceremony at Gandhibasti. Noted social scientist Kabindra Mohan Das spoke on the contributions of the cultural and literary icon in enriching the cultural heritage of the State.
Silpi Diwas was also celebrated in the premises of Assam Jatiya Bidyalaya, Noonmati, where students paid homage to the great artiste through songs, dance and poetry.
The Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS) today paid tributes to the hallowed memory of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala and the numerous known and unknown artistes who dedicated their lives for the cultural enrichment of the Assamese society.
The meeting held under the presidentship of Urmila Chakravarty, president, BPSS, began with the placing of floral wreaths and lighting of the ceremonial lamp at the portrait of Jyotiprasad Agarwala by senior journalist DN Chakravartty.
Chakarvartty, in his speech, expressed distress at the pitiable economic condition of a large number of talented artistes who for want of economic support either died in penury like Brajanath Sarma, or had to live a miserable life amidst tremendous financial hardship.
Chakravartty suggested the imposition of a token cess of Rs 1 at every assessment � be it municipal tax, land tax or excise or sales tax impositions � which would be known as cultural cess and utilized fully and primarily for the economic benefit of the economically oppressed artistes.
Chakravartty also mentioned the great contribution of Jyotiprasad Agarwala and said that the Rupkonwar was a versatile genius who brought about the most astonishing fusion of traditional Assamese music with modern western music, producing thereby one of the finest products in modern oriental music.