GUWAHATI, Jan 17 - Tributes were paid to the memory of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala and his manifold contributions towards the enrichment of Assamese literature, music, and cultural life were recalled at a memorial function held under the auspices of the Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS) in the Baghorbori Asomi Mahila Samiti campus today.
The death anniversary of Rupkonwar, who was a literary genius and also a pioneer of Indian cinema, was observed in collaboration with the Mahila Samiti. The function was presided over by Nagen Bhuyan, president, BPSS.
Dr Chandraprabha Bhuyan welcomed the guests and explained the day�s significance.
Addressing the function as the chief guest, eminent sculptor Biren Singha dwelt at length on the way in which Jyotiprasad introduced a new momentum in the cultural milieu of Assam through his immortal creations in music and cinema.
Appointed speaker DN Chakravartty in his speech, said that Jyotiprasad sang the glory of freedom and inspired the common masses with his soul-stirring music and energised them for revolutionary action through his fiery writings.
Dr Surendra Mohan Mahanta, Mahendra Bora, Ranajit Sutradhar, Urmila Chakravarty and Bhanu Deka paid tributes to the memory of the great artiste and poet.
Poems, songs and dances were presented at the function. A drawing competition among children was also held and prizes distributed.