AMGURI, Aug 10 � A ten-day workshop on �Jayanta Hazarikar Geet, Biyanaam aru Borgeet� was organised at Amguri Natya Mandir by Puberun Sangeet Aru Charukala Mahabidyalay, a sister institution of Puberun Shilpi Samaj of Amguri recently.
The first day�s programme began with a chorus of the Mahabidyalaya by a group of students. Utpal Dale, BDO, Amguri Development Block and Revenue Circle Officer of Amguri formally inaugurated the workshop on Jayanta Hazarikar Geet.
In his inaugural speech, Utpal Dale mentioned that being a fan of Jayanta Hazarika, he has strong interest in the former artiste�s songs. He concluded his speech singing a few lines from a Jayanta Hazarika song.
Singing a hymn of Ghosha (Brahma Adi Kori...) a standing prayer was offered by all present at the inaugural function for an early recovery of musical maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika and eminent litterateur Mamoni Raisom Goswami from their illness.
Manisha Hazarika, wife of late Jayanta Hazarika and a noted singer of Assamese as well as Bengali songs attended the workshop as the chief resource person. Lighting an earthen lamp in front of the portrait of late Jayanta Hazarika, she initiated the shradhanjali.
Chief resource person Manisha Hazarika and co-resource person and singer Papori Thakuriya stressed upon the tune and the notations of the songs of Jayanta Hazarika and offered training to the trainees. The resource person duo were accompanied on the guitar by Raju Anchari, on the tabla by Dipak Talukdar, and on the key-board by Amar Deka.
The closing function included an interaction among the trainees, music loving local people and the resource persons. The trainees collectively sang a song of Jayanta Hazarika. On the other hand, after the interaction, on the request of the trainees and the audience, Manisha Hazarika sang the song Akash Aji Mor Nai... and she became emotional with tears in her eyes.
The soul stirring tune of the song sung by Manisha Hazarika brought tears to the eyes of the audience too. Co-resource person Papori Thakuriya sang three Goalpariya lokogeets. Guitarist Raju Anchari also sang two ghazals.
Manisha Hazarika was felicitated with a phoolam gamosa and a sambardhana patra. The other four co-resource persons were also felicitated with phoolam gamosas and other presentations. Certificates were distributed among the 40 trainees.
On the morning of July 24, the workshop on Biyanaam and Borgeet was inaugurated jointly by the resource person Dr Anil Saikia and Pradeep Dutta, the president of Sivasagar District Journalists� Association by lighting an earthen lamp. It needs mention that Dr Anil Saikia is also a researcher and practitioner of Assamese folk culture.
The workshop on Biyanaam started in the traditional way with �Dora Adora�. The bridegroom and his best friend with the open umbrella, waiting at the entrance gate decorated by two plaintains tied up with an mango tree stick keeping both the plaintains apart, were welcomed by ayoties singing Bianaams� composed in a lighter vein.
Resource person Dr Anil Saikia and co-resource person and radio artiste Dipali Dutta Saikia (wife of Dr Anil Saikia) were felicitated in the closing function of the workshop on Biyanaam. Twenty five trainees participated in the workshop. Certificates were formally distributed among them.
The workshop on Borgeet started in the afternoon. Parama Kakati Borbayon of Shri Shri Kamalabari Satra (Titabar) attended the workshop on Borgeet as the resource person. Twenty five participants undertook training in this workshop on Borgeet.
On July 28 last, the training concluded. In the closing function, resource person Parama Kakati Borbayon was formally felicitated. Certificates were distributed among the trainees.