Silchar, Jan 11: The tender kids of Chorus, a dramatic and social organization of this town, marched down with balloons afloat in their hands in a body to Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, S Viswanathan and handed him over a memorandum, urging upon him to rename the Children’s Park as ‘Balloonwala’. As already pointed out, the image of the ‘Balloonwala’, Lakhi Nath of Nadia, who used to sell balloons to the children by moving around the lanes and by-lanes, continues to haunt the citizens of this town. ‘Balloonwala’ was a popular moving figure and though he left this world in a few years back, a section of guardians who once rushed after hearing his voice to have their choicest colour of balloons have put the children in the forefront to demand the park after his name.
There was no place or park for children of this town prior to 2005. It was the kids of Chorus who took the initiative and the then Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Sunanda Sengupta, allotted a plot of land against the scenic background. This plot of land has been developed and beautified in all possible manners to give it an attractive look. Today, it has become a centre of cultural activities. The guardians in their emotional nostalgia have, in fact, propelled the children to take up the renaming of park. This will be a befitting way to pay respect to the memory of the Lakhi Nath who made this town his homeland and it was here that after entertaining the kids for decades left this abode.