From Our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Feb 23: Strong resentments have been aired by various social organization and conscious circles of Darrang and Udalguri districts in the wake of the dragging of upcoming musical talent with gifted voice Mashi Saharia into a unnecessary controversy. They are of the view that the controversy has been created by circles with vested interest to demoralise the child artist while exerting huge mental pressure on her as the grand file draws nearer. In a video clipping that has gone viral on the social media, eminent singer Papon Angarag Mahanta has been shown as kissing the child singer during a shooting for the grand musical competition ‘Voice India Kids’. Her parents, instrumentalist Anupam Saharia and his singer wife Jitu Moni Saharia have been staying with Mashi in Mumbai since quite sometime and did not make any complain on the matter, taking it as a pure ‘Guru-Shishya’relation.
However, a circle seemingly with vested interest has raked up the controversy. Secretary of Mangaldai Media Circle and a senior jourlist Mayukh Goswami while talking to The Sentinel termed it as pre-planned conspiracy against the growing musical talent. He also described it as a mystery that instead of the parents of Mashi Saharia some outsiders were creating the controversy. “In view of the galloping progress made by Mashi Saharia those persons are bent on putting mental pressure on the artiste before the mega fil,” said Mayukh Goswami. Executive Member of Bodoland Territorial Council Jagadish Sarkar expressed strong resentment over the unnecessary controversy and dragging the child artiste into it. “She is not an orphan. Her parents are staying with Mashi in Mumbai and they have not smelt any rat. Why are some persons not related to Mashi creating all this?” questioned the Sarkar.
President of Mangaldai Media Circle Hitesh Hazarika has also expressed similar views and termed it as very unfortute. “We are eagerly waiting to see our loving Mashi in the grand file and be crowned. But a section has created this controversy” he said. At Kalaigaon, the hometown of Mashi, a number of responsible citizens described it as very unfortute while cautioning those with evil design not to play with the life of the child artiste. “It is the high time that we extend all support to Mashi,” said Dandi Kumar Boro, Secretary of ‘Kendukalai’, an NGO of Kalaigaon.