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Call to study Rabha legacy

Kokrajhar, June 17: The All Assam Students Union today urged Dispur to start centres in all state universities to study the life and creations of cultural icon Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha and to introduce the new generation to his creative legacy.

Speaking to reporters at the Sahitya Sabha Bhawan here today, AASU president Shankar Prasad Roy said the union’s central body would be observing Bishnu Rabha Divas centrally for the first time in the district and appealed to the people to extend their support in making the programme a success.

The union will observe Bishnu Rabha Divas centrally at the Kokrajhar Government Higher Secondary and Multipurpose School grounds on June 20.

“Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha was a revolutionary figure, a poet, a writer and a great classical icon of Assam. He was a symbol of amity, integrity and solidarity and acted as a bridge between the various ethnic groups of the state. He wanted to create a greater Assamese society by assimilating the different ethnic groups of the region and his contribution to society is immense. But the state government has done little to recognise his contributions,” Roy said.

“We demand that the government should introduce a centre in his name in the state universities to carry forward the contributions he made to Assamese society,” he added.

On June 20, Roy will unfurl the organisational flag at 8.30am, following which a cultural procession will be taken out. An art competition for students will also be held in the morning.

At 2pm, an open session chaired by Bodo Sahitya Sabha president Kameswar Brahma will be held. Amarjyoti Choudhury, ex vice-chancellor of Tezpur University will be the chief guest.

Rabha, a freedom fighter who contributed immensely to Assamese art and culture through songs, poems, plays and cinema, died on June 20, 1969, in Tezpur, Assam. Rabha Divas is observed across the state on his death anniversary.


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