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Schools urged to promote ‘culture’

- Official cites Bhupen example

Jorhat, Jan. 27: The late Bhupen Hazarika has always been held up to be emulated, written on and researched, whether it is for promotion of culture among schoolchildren or the release of books by the Asam Sahitya Sabha.

In a prize distribution ceremony organised by the education department here today, to schoolchildren who competed in an inter-school competition in song, dance and music within the district, Upper Assam commissioner S.I. Hussain said culture was under-utilised in schools here.

Hussain held up the example of Bhupen Hazarika to elementary students gathered at the district library auditorium and said Paul Robeson had once told Hazarika that the guitar was not merely a musical instrument but an instrument of social change.

“Schools can move out from the sphere of only imparting formal education by promoting culture. Song and dance can be used as media to create a better society. But I feel that in schools this medium is under-utilised,” he said.

The commissioner sang a part of Bhupen Hazarika’s famous song Manuhe manuhor babe jodihe okonu nabhabe to put across his point.

Superintendent of police Sanjukta Parasor released a souvenir, Ragini, and inspector of schools Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said the competition was an initiative to go beyond scholastic and co scholastic evaluation of students.

“We are trying to ensure that talent comes to the fore and those who have won prizes in this competition will go on to compete in the state and national levels and bring laurels to the district like Anamika Choudhury and Priyanka Bharali,” he said.

In another function held at Radha Kanta Handique Bhawan here today, the Asam Sahitya Sabha, as part of its agenda to promote and publish Assamese books, released its quarterly magazine as a special edition on Bhupen Hazarika.

The book form of the magazine is titled Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Jibon aru karma.

A compilation of articles edited by Jyoti Rekha Hazarika, lecturer in Assamese, JB College, was also released among the 10 books and journals.

The meet, studded with literary luminaries, called for more research on Bhupen Hazarika and bringing to the fore those aspects which were not known by the people.

The Sabha’s special annual conference to be held at Ledo in Tinsukia district from February 1 to 5 will deliberate on this and other issues.