DHUBRI: The 81st birth anniversary of Dr Pannalal Oswal, was observed with a two-day programme on Saturday and Sunday here in Dhubri district.
Altogether 35 students of seven schools were taken out for an educational outing to the Asharikandi Terracotta cluster of the village and Alokjhari Reserve Forest centring around the Sri Sri Mahamaya Paduka Dham.
The students along with the teachers of the respective schools-- Sankardev Sishu Vidya Niketan of Dhubri, Gauripur and Golokganj, Happy Convent school, Jawahar Hindi High School, S.P.Higher Secondary school and Bholanath College, were first taken to Asharikandi Terracotta cluster of villages were led by the Director of North East Craft And Rural Development Organisation( Necardo) and architect of modern Asharikandi Terracotta village, Binoy Bhattacharjee.
In Asharikandi, Bhattacharjee explained to the students various aspects of the terracotta art in clay and items are made. A live demonstration was presented by artisans. A senior artisan and state awardee, Mahadeb Paul was felicitated by the memorial committee in a simple function held there.
From there, the students were taken to the Alokjhari Reserve Forest where the Sri Sri Mahamaya Paduka Dham is situated amid a serene natural environment. The team was led by Prof. Dhruba Mahato. He elaborately explained various aspects of the sacred forest and stressed the need and importance of the conservation of nature.
The Memorial committee donated waste boxes, mustard oil to lit the lamps of the temple, cash amounts and other materials to the Alokjhari Maa-Mahamaya Dham committee.
On Sunday, an art competition among the students held at Dhubri Lions Club premises was organised by the Rongrup Chitrashilpi Gosthi. It was followed by a memorial meeting.
Heritage conservation activist, Bijoy Kumar Sharma spoke at length as an appointed speaker on the heritage sites of Dhubri town and district as well and stressed and explained the importance for the preservation of these heritage sites as they carry the glorious past including mythology, folk, history, heritage and culture of this part of Assam.
The memorial meeting was chaired by the Principal of Bholanath College, Dr Dhruba Chakrabortty who in his address recalled the contribution of Dr Pannalal Oswal in various fields.
" After Dr Oswal's premature death, Dr Pannalal Oswal Memorial Committee was formed in 2000, and the committee has been doing the works of Dr Oswal had liked to do most", Dr Chakrabortty said.
The memorial meeting was also addressed by Dhubri district BJP President, Dr Debamoy Sanyal and artist, Kamal Das while the objective of the meeting was explained by committee member, Nirupam Ghose.
In the end, prizes to the winners of the art competition and certificates of participation in outings were formally given away by dignitaries present with gift packets containing educational materials and water bottles.