Jorhat, Feb. 15: Trivenee, one of the oldest socio-cultural and sports organisations in Jorhat, will celebrate its golden jubilee with a number of programmes this year to restore it to its former glory.
In 1986, the organisation had brought to Jorhat the World Cup-winning cricket team (1985), sans Sunil Gavaskar, to play double-wicket cricket here.
Addressing a press meet here today, Jadav Khound, the president of the organisation, said the celebrations would start from February 21 with a tribute to former members followed by a prize money half-marathon which would be flagged off by renowned state athlete Taibun Nisha on February 23.
The 21-km run would start from the Trivenee building and go up to Tilikiaam, around Gar-Ali and back to the building.
“What we hope to do this year is to start all those events and games which we used to promote in our early days,” Khound said.
Next month, a gathering of veteran artistes will be feted. A prize-money inter-college quiz competition and inter-school chorus competition will be help in April. In August, there will be seminars and lectures on social development. In November there will be a drama festival and felicitation of eminent artistes. In January 2015, ahead of the closing ceremony, Trivenee will hold an all-Assam veteran cricket competition.
“In the last decade our activities in all these fields have been next to nil. We would like to start this year with all those things which we had done earlier, be it in cricket, table tennis, drama, the arts, quiz, debate and for other causes like giving aid to the Andhra cyclone victims,” Khound said.
The president further said Trivenee is the first organisation in Jorhat to come up with the prize money concept in holding games and drama contests. “We held the Mrinal Dutta memorial prize-money contest in table tennis for a few years but later discontinued it. Likewise, the Tapan Dutta cricket contest got so big that we could not continue it. Ours is one of the few organisations which has never taken government funds for anything,” he said.
Trivenee has 56 members, many of whom are now residing outside Jorhat.
The souvenir too, which will be edited by litterateur and member of the body Niren Barua, will have a section which would highlight social and other issues like de-horning of rhinos, systematising the tourist sector and sustainability of indigenous plant varieties.
Barua said besides these, there would be sections on the plantations, history and heritage of Jorhat and also Trivenee’s contributions to Jorhat and Assam as a whole in different spheres.
General secretary Hemanta Gohain said Trivenee in the sixties was all that the Beatles stood for — music, art, drama and culture. “Trivenee gave the state a number of actors and at least eight Ranji and East zone cricket players,” he said.