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State-level workshop on zikir held

From our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, Oct 12: A day-long State-level workshop on jikir was organized recently by the Department of Assamese  in association with Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) at DHSK Commerce College here with AIR/TV recognized folk-artist and renowned jikir exponent Babul Ali as the resource person.
Altogether 32 participants from different places of the States, including students from nearby DHSK College, MDK Girls’ College and Little Flower HS School, besides students, faculty and librarian of the host college, took part in the workshop. Sajad Ali, associate to the resource person, and Hemanta Hazarika, renowned folk-instrumentalist also offered training in the workshop.
Inaugurating the workshop, Principal of the college, Dr. K.M. Bhagawati hoped that the workshop would help at least to a little extent in preserving as well as publicity of jikirs—the folk songs of Assam. Pulin Rajbongshi, Vice-Principal and Dr. Bhupesh Bhagawati, Head of the Department of Commerce, also graced the occasion as the special guests and praised the initiative taken by the Assamese department of the college to make aware the new generation about the jikir, a heart-touching as well as assimilative folk song of Assam. Madhurjya Moran, a student of the organizing department, presented  Jeevane marone moi chirodin Asomeeya, a song penned by Syed Abdul Malik in the function. Nabajyoti Dutta, Head of the Department of Assamese as well as co-ordinator of the workshop, anchored the inaugural function of the workshop and also delivered the welcome address to the gathering.
Certificates of appreciation were distributed in the concluding function chaired by Dr. KM Bhagawati, Principal and president of the organizing committee. Attending the function as the chief guest, senior journalist Ikbal Ahmed praised the efforts of the Assamese department of the college for its initiative to hold the workshop with an aim of keeping alive the essence of the Assamese folk life as well as the roots of the race concerned. Lalit Sharma, an alumnus of the college and a senior journalist attended the function as a special guest and enthralled  the gathering with performing of a bhajan. Babul Ali, the resource person in his speech as the guest of honour, lauded the efforts of the organizing department concerned for holding such a workshop within a short span of a time with an ambition to serve the field of folk music as well as the greater Assamese society.
On behalf of the participants, Rihan Ali, secretary of Surabhi Environment Trust, a Guwahati-based NGO; Abdul Rekib (Bikky), secretary of popular Facebook group as well as State-level NGO ‘Ajori Poror Itibachok Chinta’ (APIC), Mainee Gogoi, Pahari Sonowal and Arifa Parveen also spoke on the occasion. The trainees presented three jikirs in the function. Besides, Mayuri Nirmaliya and Mainee Gogoi enthralled the gathering with Goalpriya Lokageet and Kamrupee Lokageet respectively. Nabajyoti Dutta, co-ordinator of the workshop, offered vote of thanks. The workshop came to an end with the song O’ moor aponar desh.