On the occasion of the death anniversary of Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha – celebrated as Rabha Divas in Assam – who contributed immensely to the literary, cultural and political landscape of Assam, Tezpur University organised a glittering event on June 20.
The day started with a floral tribute to the Kalaguru. Vice chancellor VK Jain was accompanied by several other members of Tezpur University fraternity in paying respect to the cultural icon of Assam. On the occasion, Jain talked about the contributions of Kalaguru towards the betterment of humankind and termed him as a “social, economic and political scientist and at the bottom of his heart he had a burning desire that every Indian lives a life of dignity, where there is no discrimination, truly a great son of India”.
It was followed by a cultural programme in the evening. The programme started with a rendition of Rabha Sangeet by the members of Pragati Women’s Association. A short video exhibiting some rare photographs of Bishnu Rabha prepared by Parikshit Sarma, research scholar, cultural studies department, was shown to the audience. DC Baruah, senior faculty from the energy department delivered the welcome address and emphasized on inheriting the ideals directed by Bishnuprasad Rabha.
Pro vice chancellor, Tezpur University, DK Saikia, delivered the inaugural address and talked about the important role of Bishnuprasad Rabha in shaping the greater Assamese community. “Bishnuprasad Rabha was a multifaceted personality with an indomitable spirit, who left a permanent mark in the history of Assam through his revolutionary ideas and thinking,” he said.
It was followed by speech by DIPR director Rajib Prakash Baruah and performance by renowned singer Sangeeta Baruah.