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Cultural icon Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala remembered

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT


Dibrugarh, Jan 17: Along with the other parts of the State, Silpi Divas , the death anniversary of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, was observed by several organizations, including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU). The AASU sponsored two-day celebration, which concluded on Tuesday, was attended by several noted litterateurs, scholars and leaders of AASU and members of other organizations.

In the concluding day event, pPresident of AASU, Dipankar Kumar th hoisted the AASU flag, while general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi paid tribute to the martyrs. Later, floral tributes were paid before the portrait of Rupkonwar by chief adviser of AASU, Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya.

The open meeting presided over by AASU president, Dipankar Kumar th ,was attended by the former president of Axam Xahitya Xabha, Dr. gen Saikia , Dr. Anda Bormudoi and Dr. Samujjal Bhattacharyya. The speakers in their respective deliberations, spoke at length on the life and works of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala and his immeasurable contribution towards the cultural spheres of music, literature, cinema and drama.

Silpi Divas was also observed by Dibrugarh Sadar Prathamik Shiksha Parishad (DSPSP) at theDistrict Library . In the meeting, which was attended by ADC, Ankur Bharali and Deputy Inspector of Schools, Sangita Baruah, president of DSPSP, Nomita Devi lit the traditiol lamp before the portrait of Rupkonwar.

Earlier, the secretary of the Parishad, Ashok Mazumdar , spoke about the objectives of the meeting , while ADC Ankur Bharali talked about the life and works of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.

A magazine titled Gyam written by school students was released on the occasion , while certificates were distributed to meritorious students of various schools of the district.

Meanwhile, the MLA of Lahowal , Ritupar Baruah in a memorandum written to Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal , requested him to preserve the house of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, in Tamulbari Tea Estate where he was born as a heritage site. Baruah has even called upon CM Sonowal to install a statue of Rupkonwar at Tamulbari Tea Estate and preserve his belongings. He further urged upon the Chief Minister Sonowal to declared the site as a tourist destition. He has even asked him to allocate a special fund in the upcoming budget session for the said work, the memorandum added

TEZPUR, Jan 17: Various cultural and social organizations and school and colleges in and around Tezpur town, including POKI (Jyoti Bharati), Trimurti Uddyan, Tezpur Xahitya Xabha, Kamalprashad Agarwala Memorial School and Holeswar Uttar Anchalick Sanskritic Yubak Sangha, observed Silpi Divas to mark the 66th death anniversary of cultural icon Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.

At Tezpur Xahitya Xabha, paying floral tribute to the cultural icon, president of Tezpur Xahitya Xabha, Hemanta Baruah said that Rupkwonor Jyoti Prashad Agarwala was a revolutiory artiste who always stood for the cause of the common masses. “For devoting himself to build a bold Assamese tion, he had to face many tough challenges in his life. However, the government is yet to give adequate recognition to the three cultural icons, Kalaguru Bishnu Prashad Rabha, Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala and tasurya Phani Sharma as it is seen that their creations, their crematoriums, besides Jyotiprasad’s POKI (Jyotibharati), Juki Cinema and Jyoti Kola Kendra Sangeet Mahavidyala (the first ever music college in the State), are yet to be preserved in a proper manner,” he lamented.

Prior to this, Assamese cine-artiste, Krish Das th, started the programme by illumiting the lamp in front of the statue of the cultural icon.

At Jyoti Bharati (POKI), a day-long programme was held to commemorate the cultural icon which was graced by Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner, Manuj Kumar Deka, president of Sonitpur Sahitya Sabha, Dr. Sadhita Mahanta and Jyotiprasad’s daughters Joysree Saliha and Satyasree Das, among others.

DC Manuj Kumar Deka formally iugurated the programme. An open meeting was also held wherein attending as chief guest, Dr. Shadhita Mahanta said that Jyotiprasad Agrawala was an artiste of ‘light’ who always worked for the people with an optimistic view point through his cultural activities. “He was sensitive enough for the women issue which is clear through Joimoti, Sunit Kuonri, Rupalim and Karengor Ligiri,” she said and added that people should follow the ideology of the cultural icon to get honestly involved in the society’s betterment.

TANGLA, Jan 17: Under the initiative of Udalguri Xahitya Xabha and Bhuyankhat Xahitya Xabha, the central observation of Axam Xahitya Xabha (AXX) Silpi Divas concluded with a two-day colorful cultural programme at Bhuyankhat Bishnu Rabha Memorial School playground in Udalguri on Tuesday.

On the concluding day the function, was iugurated by lighting of the traditiol lamp by Girindra Sarma, noted astrologer, followed by hoisting of 100 flags marking the centery celebration by noted persons of the locality.

Ganesh Sarania offered floral tribute beforethe portrait of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.

The open session was graced as appointed speaker by noted artist and educationist Lokth Goswami who recalled the rich musical and artistic heritage of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. Goswami, speaking further, stated that Assam would remain ever grateful to Jyoti Prasad Agarwala for his timeless contribution towards the development of Assamese language and culture.

Earlier Kak Baruah iugurated the open session where BTC EM Lmswrao Daimari delivered the welcome speech. Three artists with noted contributions in different fields - Renu Rabha, Dhepadhulia artiste, Lalit Boro, Kherai artiste, and Jhilkaram Kalita, gra am artiste were also given special felicitation on the occasion.

The function was also attended by Jagadish Sarkar, EM BTC, Dr. Padmanda Rajbongshi former chief Secretary of AXX, Sanjay Kumar Tanti, noted poet and novelist, among others.

Lively performance by cultural troupes of different communities enthralled the audience. Various exhibitions of paintings and art were also held.

GAURISAGAR, January 17: Silpi Divas was observed at the historic Jhanji Garamur under the aegis of greater Jhanji people in association with AJYCP, Jhanji Anchalik Samiti.

The programme started with hoisting of flag by Bhaben Chetia, president of the reception committee, followed by smriti tarpan performed Rajendra Prasad Gogoi, vice-president of the reception committee. The sapling plantation was done by Dr. Chandan Konwer, Medical and Health Officer, Jhanji MPHC. Later an open session was held under the chairperson of Bhaben Chetia. Addressing the gathering as a distinguished guest, Dr. Dhiren Kalita, former Professor, Kakojan College, highlighted the sacrifice of Jyotiprasad Agarwalla for promoting a rich Assamese cultural society.

In the meeting, Jogesh Kishore Phukan, former Principal, Amguri Aauniatia Hem Chandra Dev HS School was the appointed speaker and he spoke about the life, achievement and ideals of Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla. Dadul Neog, Bidya Dutta, general secretary and joint secretary respectively of AJYCP, Sivasagar district committee, Kula Prasad Saikia, State executive were present the open session.

In the evening, Dr Anil Chandra Gogoi, former Associate Professor, JB College, Jorhat lit the earthen lamp. The programme ended with a colourful cultural function. Dr. Manjit Gogoi, Principal of Jhanji HNS College, iugurated it.

JORHAT, Jan 17: The AASU Jorhat district committee celebrated Silp Divas at Kakojan Dulia gaon in Jorhat district with a day-long programme in association Kakojan regiol Students’ Union and Udayan Yuba Mancha.

AASU Jorhat district committee president Surya Kumar Bhuyan hoisted the flag which was followed by paying tribute to Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala by Suren Saikia, Principal of Kakojan Boys Higher Secondary School. Hundreds of children participated in the drawing and quiz competition.

The open meeting was presided over by Surya Kumar Bhuyan, president, AASU Jorhat district committee and Suren Saikia, Debojit Borah, former AASU leader and Bhoben Borah, social worker, spoke in the meeting about Rupkonwar.

On the other hand, Jorhat Zila Kabi Sanmilan celebrated Silp Divas at Kawoimari Higher Secondary School, Teok in Jorhat with a day-long programme. Dr. Anil Kumar Saikia, Vice- Principal of Kaojan College spoke in the meeting.

AXX Jorhat district committee celebrated Silpi Divas with a day-long programme at Radha Kanta Handique Bhavan in Jorhat.

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