Silchar, July 9: There is no denying the fact that a historical place like that of Silchar needs a museum to preserve and protect its relics, things of the past and historical and ancient objects. In this regard, Silchar based choreographer Saumitra Shankar Choudhury who is also the president of Dancer Circle, has raised the demand way back in the year 2017 on the eve of Namami Barak. He represented Dancer Circle at a citizens’ meet which was graced by the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Banga Bhawan in Silchar. He also proposed the same before Minister Parimal Suklabaidya. Later, the government agreed to build a full fledged museum in Silchar.
Saumitra Shankar Choudhury wrote to Preetom Saikia, IAS, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Cultural Affairs, government of Assam and urged him to see that an art and music library or archive section be kept in the museum. Talking to The Sentinel, Saumitra Shankar Choudhury said, “It is indeed great news for us. I wrote to Preetom Saikia and requested him to see that sufficient space is kept for art and music library or archive. I have requested that names of legendary artistes and musical artistes be named in the fond memory of late Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee, late Mukundadas Bhattacharjee, late Ananta Kumar Bhattacharjee and other legends if possible.”
“The Department has also declared September 11, the birthday of late folk musician Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee, as ‘Loko Songhoti Diwas’. A statue of late Kalika Prasad will be a great idea. The music section of the museum can be named as ‘Kalika Prasad Memorial Hall’,” Saumitra Shankar Choudhury added.