Speaking at a function in Barpeta on June 20, on the 48th death anniversary of Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Assam chief minister stressed that the cultural icon had immense faith on the power of the youth and the young should come forward and participate in developmental activities.
Organised by the state cultural affairs department in association with the Barpeta district administration, the event witnessed the chief minister speaking about Bishnu Prasad Rabha as an inspiration to the youth of the state. Quoting a famous song of Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Sonowal said that the life of Bishnu Prasad Rabha epitomised youth power and was an inspiration to the youth.
“Like Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Prime Minister Narednra Modi has faith on the youth power and hence several programmes to sensitise youth power have been adopted. To transform human resources of the country, Modi has helped the government to formulate several schemes,” Sonowal said.
Praying for good health and long life of Gokul Pathak of Barpeta who was once a close friend of Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Sonowal said that Barpeta represents the cultural and intellectual aspect of Assam. “Barpeta was chosen by Sankardev, Madhabdev, Damodardev to establish the foundation of intellectual life of the state. Ambikagiri Roychowdhury, Prasannalal Chowdhury, Banikanta Kakati of Barpeta played a lead role in development of literature and culture of the state,” the chief minister said.
Sonowal said Bishnu Prasad Rabha set up an edifice of a unified Assam based on harmony of all sections of the society. He also urged upon the people of Assam to follow the path shown by Bishnu Prasad Rabha to strengthen the harmony existing in the state.
On the occasion, Sonowal presented the Bishnu Rabha Award 2017 to artiste and filmmaker Pulak Gogoi and Sattriya dance exponent Sailen Saikia.