LAKHIMPUR: With a view to spreading the perennial ideologies of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha across the border of the State of Assam, a biography on the noble figure was published in Kolkata in the Bengali language.
The biography titled Amader Bishnu Prasad Rabha was released at St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College by former Regional Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi, Dr. Ram Kumar Mukhopadhyay. This was informed by Dr Arabinda Rajkhowa, the assistant professor of the Assamese Department of North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous), through a press release.
North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous), the reputed higher academic institution of the State, held a national-level seminar on Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha on February 17 and February 18 at St. Paul Cathedral Mission College adding a new dimension to the intellectual moves on understanding of the Bengal-Assam relationship.
The seminar was jointly organized by the Assamese Department of North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous) and Bengali Department of St. Paul Cathedral Mission College as an outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the two colleges in September last year with a view to enhance the academic and research work co-ordination and understanding of Bengal-Assam relationship. Through the press release, Dr. Arabinda Rajkhowa further stated that the biography- Amader Bishnu Prasad Rabha, authored by Bengali academician Basudev Das, which is the outcome of the joint initiative taken by both colleges, was released in the same event.
Releasing the book, Dr. Ram Kumar Mukhopadhyay lauded the admirable initiative on the part of both colleges. He further appealed to strengthen the bond of co-ordination and harmony between the Assamese and Bengali communities. On the other hand, author of the biography, Basudev Das said that the scripting of the book was the most memorable and unprecedented experience of his life. “I feel immense pleasure because of the fact that the two colleges have done what was to be done by the governments of Assam and West Bengal,” said Basudev Das in his speech.
The press release further stated that St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College Principal, Professor Debashish Mandal delivered the welcome address in the seminar while noted cultural researcher of the State, Dr Anil Saikia delivered the key-note lecture.
The seminar was organized on the themse ‘Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Indian Culture with special reference to Bengal-Assam relationship’.
A total of 70 noted academicians and researchers from both the States presented their research papers in the Assamese, Bengali and English languages on the main theme and the sub-themes. The inaugural programme of the seminar was held under the management of the joint co-ordinators of the seminar, Dr. Arabinda Rajkhowa and Dr Sheikh Maqbul Islam. Dr. Mahesh Deka released a book named Pankhuya, authored by Dr. Sheikh Maqbul Islam in the event. A total of 10 sessions were held in the entire seminar wherein a lot of undiscovered information about the academic life of Bishnu Rabha came to light. Bishnu Prasad Rabha was one of the brilliant students of St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College. In connection with the seminar, a cultural programme was also organized wherein Bishnu Rabha’s selected songs were presented by the students of North Lakhimpur College and other artistes in addition to performing Xatriya Nritya, Rabindra Sangeet and Bihu, stated the press release. On the other hand, though North Lakhimpur College applied for financial assistance from the State Government in order to conduct the seminar in Kolkata, the college has still got nothing from the government, said Dr. Arabinda Rajkhowa.