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Workshop on old and rare Assamese songs

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GAURISAGAR, July 8: Dikhowmukh Janajati High School on the outskirts of Gaurisagar in Sivasagar district organized a week-long workshop on old and valuable Assamese songs in association with Ashis, a socio-cultural organization of Dikhowmukh at Bhupen Hazarika auditorium of the school with a view to popularize these songs among the upcoming generation. The workshop successfully concluded on Saturday. On the occasion, a ceremonial function was held. The day-long programme started with lighting of earthen lamp before the portraits of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva, Madhabdeva, Jyotiprasad Agarwala, Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Girindra Haloi, prominent radio artiste and trainer of the workshop lit the earthen lamp. Thereafter, guru sewa programme was held. A total of 85 participants of the workshop sincerely performed guru sewa by bowing before their guru Girindra Haloi.

In the week-long workshop, eight rare Assamese songs were taught. In the closing function, the school fraternity warmly felicitated Girindra Haloi with a gamosa, seleng, safura and citation. Haloi said, “If we do not take steps for preservation of rare and valuable songs, they will be lost forever.”

The dignitaries who attended the function included Khirud Khanikar, president of the School Managing Committee and Associate Professor, Dikhowmukh College, Sabharam Bharali, former Vice-Principal of Dikhowmukh HS School, Rajib Dutta, secretary of Gaurisagar Press Club, and journalist Jamaluddin Ahmed. At the end of the programme, certificates of participation were distributed among the participants of the workshop by the dignitaries.

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