The Programme of Performing Arts, Assam down town University organized an unique program at Guwahati Press Club to pay tribute to Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Ravana. The event commenced with a solemn tribute on the artist’s portrait, by Dr N N Dutta, Chancellor, Assam Down Town University symbolizing deep respect and remembrance.
Dipjyoti Das and Deepankar Arandhara, who were bestowed with the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Award, were invited as the special guest. Representing the university, the Dean of Studies, Bandana Dutta, felicitated the talented artists, recognizing their exceptional achievements in the field of performing arts. In gratitude, the young artists expressed their appreciation to the organizers and shared their excitement for future creative endeavours.
A highlight of the program was the launch of the audio CD titled ‘Bindu Bindu.’ This compilation encompasses eight melodious songs composed by renowned composers such as Jiten Deb, Ratan Hazarika, Bhupen Nath, Lakshhira Das, Shashindra Kumar Adhikari. The lyricists are Parag Kumar Bhattacharya, Idris Ali, Hiren Bhatt, and Pradeep Barua. Professor Bandana Dutta, an eminent figure in Borgeet and Modern Songs of Aakashbani Guwahati, former Professor of Cotton College, and current Dean of Assam Down Town University, rendered voice for these captivating melodies. The CD aims to preserve and popularize some of the most cherished Assamese modern songs for future generations. Professor Dutta stated, “This CD is designed to make the melodies of Assamese modern songs, which have captivated our hearts, readily available to future generations.” The songs will be released on YouTube, and interested individuals can also obtain digital copies of the songs free of charge from the University Library. Dipjyoti and Dipankar released the cd for the public.
Nibedita Baishya and Anurag offer a heartfelt tribute to the Kalaguru through their soul-stirring renditions of Kalaguru’s songs. Additionally, Pankhi Kashyap graces the occasion by reciting poignant poems penned by esteemed Assamese poets, resonating with the emotions that arose in the wake of the Kalaguru’s demise.
The program was expertly moderated by Dr. Ruby Goswami, who ensured its smooth progression. Utpal Datta, the Dean of the Department of Performing Arts, delivered the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants and attendees for their valuable contributions. Dr Ritismita Sandilya, Maryuri Bora, Paushali Dutta and Misimi Bharali shouldered the responsibilities of this huge event.