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Singhapurush RG Baruah Memorial Art Competition evokes enthusiastic response
Staff Correspondent

Children taking part in the Singhapurush RG Baruah Memorial Art Competition at Nalbari on Sunday. – Photo: Correspondent
 SILCHAR, Nov 10 - Along with 29 other centres across the State, Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial all Assam Art competition was held with great enthusiasm in Barak Valley on Sunday.

Despite inclement weather and constant rain, there was great spirit among the participants and more so among the parents and guardians in bringing their sons and daughters from different parts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts.

Amidst a large gathering of participants from class V to class XII, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri inaugurated the central event by paying floral tributes to the photograph of Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah. Other invited guests and staff of The Assam Tribune publication also paid their respects and floral tributes to the architect of modern Assam on the occasion.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the initiative taken by the Assam Tribune Sports Club to organise such an art competition in the memory of Singhapurush RG Baruah across the State was very laudable. “Art helps to manifest imagination and keeps us on a good stead. I thank the organisers and wish that such events brings out the creative best from the young minds,” she said.

Dr Apratim Nag, faculty at Department of Physics at GC College went down memory lane and threw light on the life and works of RG Baruah and how he founded The Assam Tribune. Dr Apratim, who is also son of Late Amit Kumar Nag, the former Silchar reporter of The Assam Tribune said, “the doyen of journalism left an indelible mark in journalism and the socio-cultural life in Assam including sports and his glorious legacy is flourishing with great pride even today. The competition will help the budding artists in shaping their ideas, Dr Nag maintained.

Former president of Silchar DSA and veteran sports administrator Badal Dey also spoke about the contributions of RG Baruah. The staff correspondent of The Assam Tribune Arindam Gupta gave the welcome address while young singer Bhagyashree Bhattacharjee sang Chitralekha, the famous song of Bharat Ratna Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika. The Hailakandi correspondent of The Asam Tribune Satananda Bhattacharjee delivered the vote of thanks recognising the help and assistance from District Sports Association Silchar for providing the venue, members of Redesign NGO for supporting the event with volunteers and Ghar Samriddhi, an NGO for supporting the participants with refreshments along with Abahan and Batayan in organising the event successfully.

A Correspondent adds from Dhemaji: Along with the other parts of the State, the Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial Art Competition was held at Dhemaji today at the Monalisa Art Accademy under the aegis of Assam Tribune Sports Club. More than 600 students from different schools of Dhemaji district including Dhemaji Town ME School, Dhemaji Town High School, Kiran Accademy, Sankardev Shishu Vidya Niketan, Dhemaji, Ghuguha High School etc., participated in the art competition.

The competition was organised in two categories – ‘A’ and ‘B’. Category ‘A’ included the students from class V to class VIII while the category ‘B’ included the participants from class IX to XII. The subject of the art competition for the first category was ‘I wish to fly’ while the subject of the category B was ‘Advancement of Science’.

The competition was inaugurated by litterateur Bimala Gogoi. In her inaugural speech, she inspired the art competitors to be creative and hard-working. The ceremony initiated by Pranab Dihingia, principal of Monalisa Art Academy was addressed by journalist Dilip Kumar Hazarika who, in his speech spoke about the contributions of Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah to the society and the nation. The inaugural ceremony was attended by journalist Jiban Konwar as the invited guest.

Our Rangiya Correspondent adds: As a part of the all Assam art competition organised by Assam Tribune Sports Club in memory of Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah, the contest was held at the Rangiya TT College premises today. The contest, being held for the first time ever at Rangiya was participated by nearly 250 school students from classes V to VIII (group A) and IX to XII (group B) of the Rangiya subdivision, Baihata Chariali, Tamulpur, Changsari, Bezera, Kamalpur, Dimu, Chanmaguri and other parts of the greater Kamrup district.

Earlier, noted artiste and faculty member of Rangiya College, Kabin Das lit an earthen lamp at the portrait of RG Baruah. The contest was inaugurated by Principal of Rangiya TT College, Dr Partha Phukan Mahanta, who in his inaugural speech recalled the great contributions of RG Baruah and subsequent contribution of the entire Assam Tribune Group in the development of the society. “Such a great initiative by the Assam Tribune Group and Sports Club is a commendable work for the benefit and encouragement of our student fraternity” Dr Mahanta said. He urged the students to follow the footprints of great painters and artists like Leonardo da Vinci who had created immortal masterpieces like Mona Lisa etc.

Senior citizen, artiste pensioner and social worker Narendra Sama, senior scribe of Asomiya Pratidin Mustafa Kamal Ahmed, literary body Rangiya Alochani Sabha president Pabitra Kalita, noted poet Nurul Amin, journalist pensioner Mukul Kalita, Tamulpur’s Dainik Asam correspondent Utpal Deka, social worker and teacher of Arimatta Vidyapith HSS, Helen Bhuyan were also present in the inaugural ceremony.

Coinciding with the occasion, budding painters of the locality Rupam Kalita, Amulya Nath, Purabi Nath and Ratul Nath were felicitated by the organisers. The entire event was moderated by senior scribe and Rangiya correspondent of Dainik Asam, Mirajul Islam.

Our Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: Along with other parts of the State, the Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial All Assam Art Competition was also held today at Kokrajhar.

The competition was held at Rupnath Brahma Vidyapith School, Kokrajhar.

Debeswar Bora, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar, formally inaugurated the competition by lighting a lamp in presence of Malay Kanti Shom, the local newspaper agent, Bishnu Maya Sharma, Head Mistress of Rupnath Brahma Vidyapith School, Kishore Sarkar, Kokrajhar correspondent of The Assam Tribune, Ashok Kr Barman, Kokrajhar correspondent of Dainik Asam, Rubul Pathak, correspondent Dainik Asam, Gossaigaon and other invited guests and dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, Bora dwelt at length on the contributions of Late RG Baruah towards modern journalism of Assam. He also thanked the Assam Tribune Sports Club for organising the competition throughout the State.

More than 50 students from different schools of Kokrajhar participated in the event which was held this morning from 11 am.

Our North Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: The Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial All Assam Art Competition for Lakhimpur district was held today at Genius Academy Junior College in North Lakhimpur today.

Organised by the Assam Tribune Sports Club on an all Assam basis, the annual art competition for the participants of Lakhimpur district was inaugurated by Dr Pushpa Borah, retired Principal, Dhemaji College. An inaugural function was held for that occasion at the venue where glowing tributes were paid to Radha Govinda Baruah, the founder of Assam Tribune Group of Publications and a pioneer of sports and many modern practices in Assam. The function began with lamp lighting before the portrait of Radha Govinda Baruah by Dr Pushpa Borah and Rukma Gohain Baruah, principal of Lakhimpur PGT College.

The meeting was also attended by noted artist and sculptor Prasenjeet Sarma and the principal of Genius Academy Junior College Satyaranjan Goswami. The inaugural function was anchored by Sazzad Hussain, Professor, Lakhimpur Commerce College and columnist. More than 150 students of two groups (from Class V to VIII and from Class IX to XII) participated in the competition. The correspondents of The Assam Tribune and Dainik Asam from North Lakhimpur and the Harmutty correspondent of Dainik Asam also assisted in organising the art competition. Newspaper agent Subrata Saha also participated in the programme in extending services.

Our Nalbari Correspondent adds: Despite incessant rainfall, 285 students from different parts of Nalbari district joined the Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah all Assam art competition held at the Nalbari Girls’ HS School today.

The competition was formally inaugurated by noted artist Abinash Mazumdar. In his speech, Mazumdar recalled the contributions of Late Radha Govinda Baruah towards the society. He said that the State-level art competition will encourage the new generation involved in the field of art. Mazumdar requested the students to do something for the betterment of the society with the artistic patience.

Addressing the inaugural programme as chief guest, Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari, Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury said that Late Radha Govinda Baruah was a visionary. He added that the newspapers The Assam Tribune and the Dainik Asam have been playing a pivotal role in the developmental issues of Assam with their impartial reporting. Dev Choudhury said that if the new generation follows the ideals of Late RG Baruah, they could act as inspirations for the society.

The inaugural meeting was conducted by Ramen Kalita, convenor of the art competition. In the inaugural programme, the senior newspaper agent of the district, who is the proprietor of Journal Emporium, Surendra Nath Baishya was felicitated with a phulam gamosa. The invigilators of the competition, Dr Sailendra Prasad Sarma, Rubul Barman, Riyajuddin Ahmed, Khagen Das, Ajit Chakravarty were also felicitated with a gamosa. In the inaugural function, more than 400 students and their guardians attended.

Our Bongaigaon correspondent adds: The Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah Memorial All Assam Art Competition, 2019 under the aegis of Assam Tribune Sports Club was held today at Bongaigaon like in other parts of the State.

Local child specialist and social worker Dr Itesh Bordoloi inaugurated the competition which was organised at the Jnanodaya Jatiya Vidyalaya, North Bongaigaon here after paying tributes to a portrait of RG Baruah.

Dr Bordoloi spoke about the contributions and ideals of Radha Govinda Baruah.

The education secretary of Jnanodaya Jatiya Vidyalaya, Ashok Das and senior journalist Ranjit Kumar Sarma were present as the chief guest and invited guest respectively in the inaugural ceremony of the competition.

The Dhaligaon Sports correspondent of Dainik Asam Durlabh Talukdar presented the opening address while the Bongaigaon Correspondent of Dainik Asam Tejesh Tripathy welcomed the guests. However, many participants remained absent due to sudden inclement weather.

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