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Government urged to protect historic Joyshree Hall from demolition

A Correspondent
NAGAON, June 17: The historic cinema hall of Nagaon, Joyshree Hall will soon be a part of the pages of history as the owner of the land in which the cinema hall has been constructed, is planning to demolish the building and construct a shopping mall there. This has drawn sharp reaction from all sections of the people of the district. In a press conference held at Renaissance Junior College on Sunday, renowned short film director Parthajit Boruah and other prominent cultural workers of the district said that Joyshree Hall was cultural heritage of the district as well as the entire State. Boruah said that the Joyshree Hall was built by Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. He had taken the land on lease from his close relatives for 100 years and constructed the building in 1938. In Joyshree Hall, the second film of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Indra Malati was screened and such a hall was definitely cultural heritage.

“If it is demolished, the history of the hall and the memories of the great cultural maestro will fade away,” Boruah further added. He stated that the hall had to be conserved for the coming generations. He appealed to the local MLA and the State government to conserve the hall and convert the building into a museum.

He said that for conservation of the hall if the government had to buy the land from the owner, then it should take adequate steps. In the press conference, veteran Assamese short story teller Sivananda Kakati, Dr Akashitara Hazarika, Mukut Bhuyan, Puniram Saikia and other dignitaries also appealed to the government to take necessary steps for conservation of Joyshree Hall.

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