LAKHIMPUR: Commemorating Assamese cultural icon 'Rupkonwar' Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Shilpi Divas was observed across Lakhimpur district on his 71st death anniversary on Monday. Various academic, cultural, literary, social institutions and organizations of the district paid rich tributes to the noted playwright, songwriter, poet, writer and film-maker by observing the event in a befitting manner.
All the regional committees under Lakhimpur district unit of All Assam Students' Union observed the event by organizing programmes with their own agenda. The programme organized by North Lakhimpur regional body of the organization began with the unfurling of the organizational flag by president Bitopan Bhuyan. Noted theatre personality Tarun Gogoi administered the smriti tarpan event. In the programme, North Lakhimpur regional AASU accorded warm felicitation to five artistes of Lakhimpur who have contributed a lot to the cultural arena of the district. These feted artistes are— theatre personalities Tarun Gogoi, Ankur Gogoi, handicraft artiste Sundar Gohain, Xatriya cultural exponent Ghana Kanta 'Bayan' and dance artiste Mayuri Dutta.
Thereafter the organization took out 'Sur Bahini'— a rally of the cultural artistes, throughout North Lakhimpur performing the evergreen songs and reciting the poems composed by Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. In the evening, the activists of the organization lit the earthen lamps paying profound homage to the "Worshipper of Beauty".
Rasa Sindhu, the cultural and performing art wing of the 'Nischreyas' of Lakhimpur, observed the event at its office premises, located at KB Road in North Lakhimpur town. The programme started with the lighting of earthen lamp by Rasa Sindhu Sakshik Pradhan Dwipen Baruah. In the programme, students Ankita Saikia Anshudhara Dutta, Prapti Borah, Deenashree Gogoi presented Jyoti Sangeet by playing violin while Bhargav Bordoloi presented it by blowing flute. Mriganka Baruah performed Jyoti Sangeet on keyboard. Sampurna Dutta Borah acted the Sewali character of Jyoti Prasad's play Karengor Ligiri. Teacher Bulbuli Devi threw light into the life and works of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. Pragya Sadhan Dhyan Yoga Kendra secretary Indrajeet Kakati explained the aims and objectives, activities of the Nischreyas. The Lakhimpur District Xahitya Xabha observed the Shilpi Divas in Naoboicha in a befitting manner in association with Udiyaman Shilpi Samaj.
JAMUGURIHAT: Along with rest of the State, Silpi Divas was observed in various parts of Sootea and Jamugurihat on Monday. In this connection, Sootea regional committee of AASU organised a meeting at Bhaskar Jyoti Adarsha Vidyapeeth. The day long program began with hoisting of the AASU flag by Bhaskar Buragohain, president of Sootea AASU assisted by Anjurani Bora, headmistress of the school followed by a public meeting. Kamal Rajbanshi, senior teacher of the school recalled the contributions made by Jyoti Prasad Agarwal in the field of art, culture and literature followed by Jyoti Sangeet performed by the students. All the proceedings of the meeting were conducted by Kaju Mandal, secretary of Sootea AASU unit. Besides, many educational institutions of Jamugurihat including Kusumtola Anchalic HSS, No. 2 Gotaimari LPS, Nehru LP school observed Silpi Divas by offering floral tributes to the legendary artiste.