GUWAHATI, Nov 14 – Children’s Day, the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, was celebrated with fanfare in the State by various schools, and government and non-government organisations today. In Guwahati too, various cultural programmes and competitions marked the occasion.
To mark the occasion, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd organised a State level prize distribution function for the winners of painting competition on energy conservation at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. Winners from the two phases of the competition have been selected for the national level competitions. The programme was presided over by Dr Anjan Jyoti Chowdhuri. Singer Manisha Hazarika, actor Malaya Goswami, Chairman of Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA) AK Dutta and General Manager of Power Grid DK Sarma also attended the programme. Children presented a Satriya dance programme on the occasion.
Society for Social Transformation and Environment Protection (SSTEP) also organised a series of activities on the occasion in the State Zoo and the various other areas of the city. At Japorigog and Lakhara ME Schools quiz competition, singing competition and poem recitation competition were organised among the children apart from the awareness meetings. At Japorigog, SSTEP took out a procession with the school authorities to highlight child rights.
The NGO also took 27 street kids for a visit to the State Zoo, where art and singing competitions were organised among them. SSTEP also initiated art competition among 450 children of 22 LP schools in the Mayong block of Morigaon district in a phased manner. The final competition among the selected children was held today.
November 14 being a Sunday, many schools and other organisations observed the day on November 13. Destination, a home for persons with special need organised a Children’s Day programme at its centre at Kahilipara. Art competition was held in two phases among the mentally challenged and normal kids. A prize distribution ceremony and cultural programme was also held on the occasion. GM Srivastava, security advisor to the Chief Minister and artiste Simanta Sekhar joined the children of Destination and explained the objectives of Childrens’ Day. Both the guests also asked the common people to accept the children with special needs as a part of the society.
Purnodaya Sangha of Jonali and NIIT Maligaon were among the other organisations that organised Children’s Day programmes. Miranda’s Creations, an NGO also celebrated Children’s Day at the Guwahati Press Club where a popular talk in consonance with the occasion was delivered by social worker, writer and singer Tultul Barua. The celebration also included the release of an Assamese audio CD for children - “Amak Ekhan Akash Diya” in which eight songs were sung by child artiste Miranda Saikia.