GUWAHATI, Jan 17 - Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, Noonmati observed Silpi Divas today to pay tribute to Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala on his 67th death anniversary.
The programme started at 9.45 am with Jatiya Bidyalay Rector Ranjit Narayan Deka lighting the ceremonial lamp and garlanding the portrait of Rupkonwar, the icon of modern Assamese culture.
After the welcome speech by the Principal, Gayatri Saikia, teacher of the Department of Assamese and Sanskrit spoke on the significance of celebrating Silpi Divas.
The chief guest of the programme, noted singer Dr Sangita Kakati dwelt on the life and contributions of the Rupkonwar. She also presented many famous Jyoti Sangeet numbers.
Kabita Patgiri, head of the Department of Assamese and Sanskrit delivered a speech on �Jyoti Ramayana�.
A wall magazine prepared by the ex-students of Assam Jatiya Bidyalay was a special attraction of the day.
Several cultural items were presented on stage by the students of the school. Sonalee Gogoi, head of the Department of Social Science offered the vote of thanks. The overall in charge of the programme was Nijara Gohain, a senior teacher of the Department of Social Science.
Nilachal Jatiya Vidyalaya of Namoni Kamakhya also observed the day with cultural programmes. On the occasion, Principal of the school Rajib Kalita spoke on the contributions made by Jyotiprasad Agarwala to society.