DHUBRI: To raise awareness among the people of Dhubri about the rich diversity of the cultural heritage of the place, District Museum Dhubri organized World Heritage Week, 2020 with a series of programmes at the Dhubri Lions Club premises here on Sunday.
As part of the celebration, a heritage walk was initiated where the locals of Dhubri comprising of students and senior citizens took part in large numbers. Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Anant Lal Gyani flagged off the walk.
Gyani in his inaugural speech mentioned about the importance of heritage sites in Dhubri and the need to preserve and protect them. "Tourism industry is now a huge industry and it is flourishing across the world centering around the heritage sites. To make a career in this field, three things hold the key – awareness, knowledge and proper training. If you explore all professional angles, then you can build your career in this line," Gyani added.
Dhubri district BJP president and an ardent social activist, Dr. Debamoy Sanyal also actively participated in the celebration and while addressing the students, he urged them to be the next torchbearers of Dhubri's heritage.
"Dhubri district and town have a 450-year old history which is scattered across the district in the form of monuments, buildings, religious and cultural sites. These valuable assets are history and heritage of our rich and glorious past and we need to protect and preserve them for generations to come," Dr. Sanyal added.
Walk leader and senior journalist, Bijoy Kumar Sharma motivated and advised the participants to protect and preserve the heritage sites and buildings. As part of the celebration, the students also took part in an essay competition and quiz competition. A lively quiz competition was conducted by founder of North East Youth Foundation, Ranjan K Barua where six winners were awarded with prizes at the end of the ceremony.
In the closing ceremony, senior artists of Dhubri - Dhiren Pal, Karen Chandra Roy, Dulal Roy and Bablu Roy were felicitated for their contribution towards their effort and dedicated practice in safeguarding the rich folk and other forms of art. Students from Bholanath College, Pramathesh Barua College, Rongamati College and Dhubri Law College actively participated in all the events.
Talking to The Sentinel, Dhubri District Museum Officer Mrinmoy Das informed that since 2018, the district museum had been continuously trying to generate awareness about the rich heritage of Dhubri such as the colonial buildings, historical monuments and sites, folk art and craft among the locals through various programmes.
"The support and response received so far is commendable and this has helped us in collaborating with major national organizations," Das further said. He said that the international heritage walk was observed worldwide where experts share their opinions and views about the present and future prospect of the heritage sites. Dhubri being a major colonial seat and also having remarkable archaeological background with historical importance, has tremendous scope for research and findings, Das further added.
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