GUWAHATI, March 6 � Artists, men of letters, students, and politicians rubbed shoulders with hundreds of others in paying their tributes to eminent artist and sculptor Sobha Brahma who passed away yesterday. The funeral procession from his residence to a number of venues, and finally to Bhutnath cremation ground was attended by many people, some travelling long distances to attend the funeral.
Brahma�s last rites were performed by his son Rajashree Brahma, around 3.30 pm in the presence of family members, admirers, and others including representatives of various cultural, literary and student organisations.
BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary had travelled with the procession and was present at the cremation ground. Ashok Narzary, a school teacher had come from Barama, Nalbari, seeking to pay his tributes to a �true artist, who contributed to the culture of Assam.� Among the mourners was Radhika Barman, an amateur painter, who had travelled alone from Sonapur to pay her respect to an artist who had inspired many like her.
Mourners assembled at Brahma�s residence in the morning, from where the funeral cortege moved to Bathoupuri High School, where his admirers had an opportunity to offer floral wreaths to his mortal remains. The procession then proceeded to Government Art College, which he served as a teacher and a principal. Homage was also paid by staff members of Sankardeva Kalakshetra after the procession reached there.
A gathering of people, including Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Sekhar Mooshahary paid their tributes to the artist at the JB Hagjer Bhawan of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Ganeshguri.
Members of the Guwahati Artists� Guild and Assam Fine Arts Society paid their final tributes when the procession passed by their premises. The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) honoured Brahma�s mortal remains when the funeral cortege reached the Swahid Nyas Bhawan. AASU leaders along with other people present prayed in silence for the eternal peace of Brahma�s soul.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune, Taren Boro, former vice president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha described Sobha Brahma as a great son of Assam, who played a pioneering role in promoting art and culture. Apart from being a fine artist, he was a man of intellect and integrity who stood for peace and humanism, Boro mentioned.