FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, March 20: The sudden death of the renowned folk artiste and Dohar band’s lead artiste Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee has sent shock waves to the music and cultural fraternity across the states of West Bengal and Assam. The Silchar born folk artiste met with an accident on his way to attend a programme. Since that day, music lovers have been crying buckets. Sammilito Sanskritik Mancha, a socio-cultural organization organized a day-long grand cultural programme at the District Library auditorium last night, to commemorate the dear departed.
The event was graced by the presence of stalwarts from the cultural world.The rendition of two songs by the Grand choir which comprised about more than 85 singers left no dry eyes. The daylong programme began with painters painting Kalika Prasad on canvas. The whole ambience and scene was filled with Kalika Prasad’s memories, photos and discussions. An exhibition of his photos adorned the walls of District Library. The exhibition defined Kalika Prasad both as a person and as an artiste of repute.
The exhibition attracted a large number of viewers. The documentary on Kalika Prasad brought to light his chequered life and his contribution to folk music and culture. There was not a single unoccupied seat in the auditorium. People from all walks of life came to attend the programme. ‘Tomay Hridmajhare Rakhibo’ was an equally emotive event. A number of artistes sang Dhamail, Gazi, Sufi and Uzhar songs in the event titled ‘Kalika Tarpan’. The event ‘Suya Urilo Re’ was conducted beautifully by Dr Amalendu Bhattacharjee, an authority on folk culture and tradition and playwright Shekhar Debroy.