Silchar: The much expected and much-awaited Bhoomi pujan of Bishnupriya Manipuri cultural training, research and auditorium complex with an initial fund of Rs 50 lakh was performed with all solemnity and sacredness on Sunday in the presence of invited guests, members of the community and of the advisory board. The eventful ceremony was held at Divyaashram, west Kachudaram, near this town. The complex funded by the State government is being built in memory of eminent educationist and philosopher Dr Kaliprasad Sinha. Besides being a teacher of vast erudition, he has authored a good number of books, highly acclaimed in academics.
At a simple function held in this connection, MLA Dilip Kumar Paul who graced the occasion as chief guest hoped that this centre of cultural and academic activities would go a long way in promoting Bishnupriya Manipuri culture and education. This would also help them in perpetuating the memory of Dr Kaliprasad Sinha and his works as well as all those men of letters who have contributed towards enrichment of art, culture and literature of the community.
Gopidas Sinha, chairman, cultural complex managing board, said bhoomi pujan is the beginning of a new era in the field of Bishnupriya Manipuri cultural development. He expressed his profound gratitude to Naba Kumar Doley, Minister of Culture etc., government of Assam, for sanctioning the fund of Rs 50 lakh for the complex at the initial stage and hoped more funds would be available when required.
In order to maintain transparency and accountability, the work for construction has been assigned by the State as its declared policy to PWD (Building). This has been highly acclaimed by the civil society. Anil Rajkumar, chief advisor, was all praise for Sonowal government for extending help to all linguistic, ethnic and religious groups for the protection and promotion of their culture and tradition. Ramkrishna Sinha, ZPC member, said the bhoomi pujan is one of the most significant developments and a day to remember for ‘all of us’. Nawab Aram Hussain, culture development officer, assured all necessary help to Bishnupriya Manipuris to meet their cultural aspirations. The community has a rich legacy of culture and tradition and Rabindranath Tagore, as he said, was highly moved to witness Rash-Lila presented before him during his reception at a Bishnupriya Manipuri village near the town of Sylhet.