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Wednesday , January 2 , 2013
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The musical soul

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was the greatest representative of Indian instrumental music on the world stage.

He gave a new dimension to Hindustani classical music, creating new ragas, and occupied a unique niche in the musical hall of fame. His rendition of ragas and the beauty created through his music will endure.

Ernest Newman, the great music critic, once said of Beethoven: “It is the peculiarity of Beethoven’s imagination that again and again he lifts us to a height from which we revaluate not only all music, but all life, all emotion and all thought”. Perhaps the same words could be used as a eulogy to Ravi Shankar, the musical soul.

Ashoke Datta,Tezpur


Impasse in Seba

For the past couple of years, a lot of news has appeared in the media regarding the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba), the institution responsible for holding the High School Leaving Certificate and the Madarsa examinations of the state. These two examinations are considered important for students. However, the news that poured in almost immediately after appointment of the present chairman Shantikam Hazarika by the state government, is not all good.

In the last HSLC examination, there was a lot of confusion and complaints regarding mismanagement under the chairmanship of Hazarika. It is very unfortunate that within a year, the state government had to change the secretaries of Seba as they refused to work according to the instructions of the present chairman.

We understand that considering the current state of activities in the Seba, most schools have decided to switch over to the CBSE course. Mere changing of secretaries will not solve the impasse unless the state government initiates some drastic changes. I suggest that the state government consider reconstructing of the board immediately, removing the present chairman and constituting an advisory committee.

Pradip Kakati,Nabagraha Path, Guwahati


Woeful tale of Sivasagar

Having worked at Sivasagar for a pretty long time, I developed an attachment to this historical town of Upper Assam. Naturally, any injustice by the state government meted out to this beloved town irks me. After a long gap, I visited Sivasagar to attend the last rites of my mother-in-law and the funeral took place at Phukan Nagar crematorium. I was stunned to see the shabby facade. Barring the cremation ground, along with an encircled place for beautification, the entire area is like a jungle. While our PWD minister is busy leaving no stone unturned to enhance the look of roads of her own constituency, along with those of the chief minister, the roads of Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and some other towns wear a pitiable look. The municipality board plays a pivotal role, which, with the aid of the funds from the state government, can take steps to beautify their respective towns. Why is Sivasagar not taken into consideration?

Ashok Bordoloi, Amolapatty,Dibrugarh