DHUBRI, Dec 29 - Rich tributes were paid to Padma Shri Pratima Pandey Baruah on the occasion of her 17th death anniversary across Dhubri district.
Under the aegis of the Assam Directorate of Cultural Affairs and the Gauripur Cultural Centre, a sraddhanjali programme was organised at Gauripur where 60 artistes played the ‘dotara’, on the music of different Goalparia folk songs together, to pay their homage to the cultural icon.
District Cultural Development Officer Jiten Kumar Das informed that the directorate is all set to promote Goalparia music globally. “These are just 60 artistes playing the ‘dotara’ as a tribute to the great Goalparia folk singer, but we have also planned for a Guinness Book of World Records performance by playing the musical instrument by 100 artistes on popular songs by Pandey.”
He said since the last few months, a workshop on playing and manufacturing of ‘dotara’ and ‘sarangi’ is going on at the Gauripur Cultural Centre.
Meanwhile in Dhubri and Bilasipara towns, under the initiative of the respective branches of the Sahitya Sabha and AASU, rich tributes were paid to the award-winning folk singer. They not only paid floral tributes to Pandey, but also organised cultural programmes and meetings and discussed the achievements and teachings of the great singer.