Sunday, 31 January 2010

Kashmir For Me

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

image: eenar 6

I am neither a Kashmiri nor a tourist who is writing a travelogue on Kashmir. But my past relation with this land has prompted me to pen down my thoughts.

The story goes back to those days when I was a teenager. I have spent good years of my schooldays in Kashmir from 1991 to 1996-97 which are my cherished memories even today. Living in a Kasmiri’s house and among few Kashmiri friends who didn’t flee after ‘terrorism’ started in the valley, developed my affinity for them. (For many Kashmiris, the word ‘terrorism’ might not go down their throat. For them, it is a ‘freedom movement’.)

It’s been more than a decade my family left Kashmir. I wonder why there is a sudden urge in me to put down my thought on Kashmir, and that is after a decade. Understanding that writing on Kashmir will be one more addition on the machinery that is involved into the whole issue of Kashmir problem.

I think Kashmir has not been portrayed from a teenager’s perspective so far, whose father’s job in defence brought him to the valley. More than that, I feel, especially after terrorism hit the valley, Kashmir is represented either by the pro-independence Kashmiris or by the pro-Pakistan Kashmiris. And if there is something Indianness in Kashmir, it is the presence of Indian army, Indian media, the country ‘India’, and the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Here, I am beginning with this post describing Kashmir from the perspective of a teenager who is not a Kashmiri and is not a part of the Indian machinery. I will be describing my own perception about Kashmir and the events unfolding around me during my stay.

Another reason which has driven me to write this post is the mere feeling that sons and daughters of Indian armed forces personnel serving in Kashmir lived a cocooned and fenced life. For them, Kashmir ends in their heavily guarded camps. They don’t know anything about Kashmir, the Kashmiri people. All things of necessity are delivered inside the campus. Their life begins and ends inside campus. Our campus in this respect was fluid – we used to visit market, playground.

We had Hindu Kashmiri neighbours and Kashmiri Punjabi friends. Our doodhwala was a muslim Kashmiri. We didn’t stay in quarters but in Kashmiri homes at Sanatnagar. I had my schooling in KV No.2, Air Force Station, Srinagar.

I would peep into the (i) lives of children of defence personnel during their stay in Kashmir, (ii) the Mast Gul episode in the Charar-e-sharief siege (iii) 1993 Sopore episode (iv)on terrorist (v) fiyadeen attack (vi) Indian armed forces (vii) and of course there will be many memorable personal events on Kashmir and on Kashmiriyat. In three words, it will be on ‘Kashmir’, ‘India’ and ‘Pakistan’. Happy reading! Do drop your comment.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Televised documentary on Bishnupriya Manipuri culture and custom


Here it is brought to the public domain a televised documentary (it was aired in the Doordarshan Silchar Kendra) on Bishnupriya Manipuri culture and custom. It was composed by Jogendra Kumar Sinha, President, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishad. Script written by Banabir Sinha and Uday Sinha.

These online resource with six videos will definitely go a long way to bridge our knowledge gap, henceforth showcasing to the world about the community.

Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 Video 6

Friday, 29 January 2010

A poem by Sanjib Sinha

By Sanjib Sinha, Guwahati

Sanjib's Kabita

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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Sau Seva Samiti celebrates Silver Jubilee on Feb 14


Sau Seva Samiti, a Kailashahar (Tripura)-based NGO is going to celebrate silver jubilee (Rajat Jayanti) celebration on February 14, 2010 (Sunday). The programme will start at 09:00 am and the venue of the programme will be at Goldharpur (Rudra Sinha Dwadash Shreni Vidyalaya), Kailashahar, North Tripura.

Since 25 years Sau Seva Samiti has been supporting Bishnupriya Manipuri students to pursue higher studies in various fields of general and professional education by providing them financial assistance.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Meeting held to discuss Shishya-Proshishya Sammilan


Shishya-Proshishya Sammilan on Obhishek Aradhana Mahotsav 

A preliminary meeting took place at Radha Gobinda Mandir precincts in Nabadwip, West Bengal, on January 16-17, 2010, to discuss the budget and other related matters for the forthcoming Shishya-Proshishya Sammilan on Obhishek Aradhana Mahotsav, to be held in January 2011 on the auspicious occasion of Maghi-purnima Celebration.

Rebati Mohan Sinha requested both Sevait and the member of Inspection Committee to expedite the installation of white marble statue of Sri Sri Bhubaneshwar Sadhu Thakur in the Natmandir (malthep), facing the Radha Gobinda idols, on that very celebration day.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Happy Republic Day

Children's Corner

By Ritwick Sinha, Class-III,
Don Bosco Sr. Secondary School,

Every year on January 26, we celebrate the Republic Day. On this day, India became a Democratic Republic in 1950. Therefore, this is celebrated as the Republic Day. A special parade is held at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. The President of India takes the salute of the Republic Day parade from the armed forces. Foreign dignitaries also come to see the special parade.

Tanks, missiles, many other military weapons of war and fighter jets are displayed in the big parade. Military band, police and children from various schools participate in the parade. A picturesque presentation is shown from all the states. They display the dresses and customs of the people of their own states. Folk dances and songs of different states of India are performed. Colourful balloons are also seen floating in the air.

On this special day, brave children are honoured and awarded. Being citizens of India, we feel proud of the Republic Day celebrations.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Million-plus views


In December 2009, Google first-time officially shared the Most Watched You Tube videos.

As expected Susan Boyle, Britain Got Talent participant, with 120+ million viewers tops the list. About her ascendancy to success, it has become talk of the town world over. Watch her.

And there is David After Dentist, with 37+ million viewers, tops the second most watched You Tube video.

JK Wedding Entrance Dance, is another video that everybody would love to watch it (and experience it). It will definitely tickle your funny bone!

And finally, in the Most Watched You Tube videos, comes the Evian Rollers Babies with 27 + million views. About the video, it was reported that after it got hit in the You Tube, the sale of the product went down.

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

Music Passion

By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati, Assam

Music defines his life. His regular job in a bank even failed to stop him to pursue his long passion: Music.

Gautam Sinha is a well-known name in the classical music field in the northeastern part of India. Despite sharing stage with luminaries like Suman Chattopadhyay, Nachiketa Chakraborty, Runa Laila, Padma Shree Awardee Bhupen Hazarika, Pinaj Masani, Zohra Bai, Nirmal Mishra, Banoshree Sengupta, Indranil Sen, Indrani Sen, Gautam still feel there is more music in him.

Blend of picnic and literature


Bishnupriya Manipuri writers' meet

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: That picnic and literature can go together has been proved yet again when the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF) successfully blended the two, atop a five-storeyed building at Rehabari in Guwahati on Saturday.

Host of the programme and BMWF president DILS Lakshindra Sinha made an arrangement where a picnic, a literary discussion and a cultural event could go together. The programme began with a picnic that also provided scope for literature and culture.

When cooking was under way BMWF members and their family members started a programme where the litterateurs could read out their self-composed poems and short stories, and the artistes could perform songs and dance. While DILS Sinha, BMWF vice-president Narendra Kumar Sinha, Sanjib Sinha, Sujit Sinha and Mrinal Kanti Sinha read out their self-composed poems, DILS Sinha, Rumi Sinha, Rittik Sinha and Nani Gopal Sinha mesmerized others with their songs.

After the lunch, the cultural and literary meet resumed and it was joined by Dr Prabhat Kumar Sinha, a professor of RM College, Silchar, chief guest Santa Sinha and others. It was followed by a meeting of the Forum that examined and passed the expenditure report of the Gokulananda Geetiswami Birth Anniversary Programme that had been observed by the Forum in November last.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (January 11, 2010)

Friday, 22 January 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuris want a clean person as ALMDB member


From a Staff Reporter

SILCHAR, Jan 19: Bishnupriya Manipuri Students’ Union (BMSU) president Gobinda Rajkumar, Bishnupriya Manipuri Ex-Servicemen Association (BMESA) secretary Lalit Sinha, Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahila Samiti (BMMS) leader Jyotsna Rajkumari, the Bishnurpiya Manipuri Andolan Parishad (BMAP) general secretary Uma Kanta Sinha and other organizations of the community thanked the Assam Government for inclusion of the Bishnupriya Manipuris in the Assam Linguistic Minority Development Board (ALMDB).

The organizations, however, demanded of the government to take immediate steps to replace the person who has been representing the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in the board with a man of clean image, failing which, they will resort to agitation. The organizations made it clear that they would not tolerate any bid to enter the proposed Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) through the back door.

Related reading:

Gopidas Sinha included in the Assam Linguistic Minorities Development Board [Sunday, 27 December 2009]

Courtesy: The Sentinel (January 20, 2010)

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri body recalls contribution of Rajmohan Nath


Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, Jan 17: Glowing tributes were paid by eminent personalities to the great scholar and prolific writer of Barak Valley Rajmohan Nath at a memorial discussion organized by the Bishnupriya Manipuri Kristi Sanskriti Vikash Kendra today under the presidentship of Manoranjan Sinha held at Shingari near this town. It was the occasion of 111th birth anniversary of distinguished historian whose contributions towards culture, literature, creative and constructive works were sharply brought into limelight by the speakers.

Those who participated in the discussion included MP Kabindra Purkayastha, MLAs Dr Rumi Nath, Parimal Shuklabaidya, eminent journalist and poet Atin Das and Trailakya Bhushan Nath. All of them in their own way described Rajmohan Nath as a prolific writer who penned 41 books and authored about 200 research papers on archeology, history and Indian culture in various languages. His magnum opus “The Background of Assamese Culture” was published in 1948.

Bishnupriya Manipuris have special regard and respect for him who wrote that they were the first ruling race of Manipur. His observation on page 83 of the book was specifically quoted by Chandra Kanta Sinha which said the Manipuris are divided into two main tribes – the Khalachais who call themselves Bishnupriyas and the Meiteis who call themselves real Manipuris who are supposed to have been the next immigrants.

He also pointed out that the Khalachai language is more akin to Kamrupi tongue; the Meitei language is more akin to the Bodo-Chinese group.

The Bishnupriya Manipuris got recognition of their language on the strength of the observations of Rajmohan Nath pointed out Manoranjan Sinha. In the legal battle fought by the Bishnupriya Manipuris before the Assam Backward Classes Commission, Gauhati High Court and Supreme Court, his observations were deciding factor in favour of Bishnupriya Manipuris.

The cultural body took the opportunity to extend their profound homage to the great soul for his invaluable service to this linguistic minority group. A souvenir on the life and achievements of Rajmohan Nath was also released at the meet by Kabindra Purkayastha.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (January 18, 2009)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Masughat L.P. School organises its Centenary Celebration


61 No. Masughat L.P. School had organised a grand function to celebrate centenary years of its being on December 27, 2009 in the premises of the school at Masughat in Silchar under Cachar district.

On this auspicious occasion, many guests were invited. Huge audience was present in the function. During the function, various programmes were organised to commemorate the hundred glorious years of Masughat L.P. School.

The day-long function was started at morning 8.30 a.m. with National Flag Hoisting programme and Opening Song programme. Soon after the opening song, distinguished guests were invited to light up the lamp. The president gave the Welcome speech. It was followed by the felicitation of Ex-students for their Excellency. Cultural programme was also held during the function. At night 10.30 p.m. the function was ended with a programme 'cultural nite'.

The Chief Guest of the programme was Dinesh Prasad Goala, Minister of Urban Development & Housing, Government Of Assam. Patherkandi M.L.A Kartik Sena Sinha was the Guest of Honour and Kumkum Sinha, the Deputy Director of  Elementary Education, Assam was invited as the Special Guest. Dr. Rumi Nath, M.L.A. Barkhola, Cachar, Mishbahul Islam Laskar, Ex-Minister, Assam, Dr. Debendra Kr. Sinha, President, MBMM, Moni Kanta Sinha, General Secretary, Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sabha, Raj Kumar Anil Krishna Sinha, President, N.B.M.S.U., Sri Subal Sinha, Chairman, B.M.G.S.P., Gautam Ganguly, D.C. Cachar, Silchar, Rabin Langtasha, B.D.O. Barkhola Dev. Block, Mr. Abdul Wahid, B.E.E.O. Udarbond, Cachar were among other invited guests.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Immar Thar, a poem by Sushil Kumar Sinha

Immar Thar
By Sushil Kumar Sinha, New Delhi

Ahaya Aji ammar Immara ekhnal karik- 2
Ahi bhiyan-han phuwanir pothe, Mikhnal karik Immar nanghan a matir bhuke,
Dhole dhole, palla pappa, ahaya baibhuni e-khnal karik-2

Imma thaili jhigoi puria, bishnupriyar matith badhia
uddar karik washak koria,jhigha havia sajia sajia
ahaya aji ammar Immara..... karik.

Nadhi, Nala, Khang ,Bhil, ammi Bangal haviya mil,
Dhak celkom rohia, koiyat murghot badhiya,
jhigha havi chaloya, ammi havi palloya,

Friday, 15 January 2010

Imaar Sade, a poem by Ramendu Sinha

Imaar Sade
By Ramendu Sinha, Guwahati

Napeyar Imaa tor sade mannapa
Imaa homa diyar tor sricharane
Ngak koredis tor kopalthipa jiputore
Sat-samudra laloiya bichareya cheilang
Napeyar Imaa tor sade mannapa
Na pahurtangai Imaa tor banapani
Kade kade buliyar ami dine-ratiye
Ngak koredis tor kopalthipa jiputore
Tin beibunir taja rokote, jingta koranir sale
Dese-bidese buliya cheilang
Tebou nuwarlang jingta korani
Napeyar Imaa tor sade mannapa
Ngak koredis tor kopalthipa jiputore
Imaa Homa diyar tor sricharane

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

For Whom I Cry


By Dils Debojyoti Sinha, Mumbai

For whom I cry nobody understood
They thought it otherwise
Though I cry only for their good.
They do not think for the hard days to come
Rather busy in finding faults with others;
When I talk of reforms they thought
I do it only to coverup my weaknesses.
Nobody thinks about the hard days ahead
Rather passing the days foppishly
By giving to others the whole dividend.
They have the eyes to see
But no mind to apply,
When I try to point it out
Simply termed me as selfish and rubbish.
I told them to be spendthrift
To go for self-woven clothes at best possible
They thought that I am talking of it
Only for my gain.
I warned that poverty is gripping fast
And to go for measures proper,
They turned deaf ears and remained lavish
Only to be stripped to the fun of others.
I wandered from place to place
And sang my heart out
I got, indeed, a pleasant audience
But a little who can judge and act.

In practice nobody paid any heed to my words
But I warn again to be down to earth
Lest it gets out of bounds.
For whom I cry nobody understood
They thought it otherwise
Though I cry only for their good.

Source of Article:  Published Poem  in  “SMARANIKA” Souvenir published on the occasion of the 113th Birth Anniversary of Gokulananda Geetiswami by the Guwahati Gokulananda Geetiswami Jonmoutsav Celebration Committee held on November 29, 2009, at Silpagram, Panjabari, Guwahati.

(Based on Gokulananda Geetiswami's - “Kar Kaje Kadurita” )

Monday, 11 January 2010

My Favourite Letter ‘C’


Children's Corner

By Ritwick Sinha
Class-III, Don Bosco Sr. Secondary School, Guwahati.

My village's name is Chincoorie.
My village is in district Cachar.
I like to drink Coffee.
My favourite food is Cake and Chappati.
My favourite place is Chennai.
My favourite outdoor game is Cricket.
My favourite indoor games are Chess and Carrom.
My favourite T.V. channel is Cartoon Network.
My favourite subject is Computer.

A shared moment with Bangladeshi Singer Meera Sinha

By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

It is always a moment of excitement when we come across a person from a foreign country and get the opportunity to know the individual and share feelings and information about the Country. The meeting becomes more pleasurable and memorable when the person happens to be of same community and religion, follows same culture and traditions.

On November 13, 2009, I got a chance to meet Meera Sinha, a talented singer from our neighbourhood country Bangladesh. She had come to Guwahati for recording some Bhajans in Bishnupriya Manipuri. I went to meet her at her residence in Christian basti and accompanied her to the recording studio at Kalakshetra in Guwahati. On the way to the studio, we had a long conversation. I expressed my curiosity to know about her in detail and about the country Bangladesh, particularly, the Bishnupriya Manipuri people living there.

She was extremely happy to share her experiences, interests, and information about her singing career and the Bishnupriya Manipuris residing at different parts of Bangladesh. Meera Sinha sings songs of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Kavi Nazrul geet, Patriotic songs, Devotional songs, Bishnupriya Manipuri folk songs, Hindi songs etc. Since many years, she has been presenting her singing performances on many devotional programmes, national programmes and cultural programmes organised in different places of Bangladesh, TV channels, and Radio centre.

Meera’s family has been living in Bangladesh for many decades. Meera was born and brought up in Uttargaon Bhanubil (Kamalganj) under the district of Moulvi Bazar in Sylhet (division) of Bangladesh. She was born on January 1,1972 to Kuleshwar Sinha (father) and Binodini Sinha (mother). Eldest of four children, Meera has two younger sisters and one younger brother.

Meera, a BA graduate from Moulvi Bazar Government College of Sylhet, is an Account Assistant by profession, in Judge Court, Moulvi Bazar (Sylhet division). She resides at Shayarpur School Road, Moulvi Bazar of Sylhet.with her husband Rabindra Kumar Sinha, and her two children, 12-year-old son Rohit and 8-year-old daughter Hritu. Her husband is employed in a private firm at Dhaka.

She is an approved Folk Singing artist in Bangladesh TV (BTv), Dhaka (Rampura) from 2007 and an approved Radio singer of Nazrul Geeti in Bangladesh Radio, Sylhet from 2006. She is also a vocal artist in a London-based TV channel ‘S’ channel from 2004. Many of her singing performances were also broadcasted in the ETv, Bangladesh. Meera had released one of her video song album “Pratham Prem Keno Bhula Jai Na” in Bengali in 2007. The album contains 11 songs consisting of romantic songs and a patriotic song (dedicated to her motherland Bangladesh). The CD was produced by MG Music Gallery of Dhaka. Suman Reja Khan was the lyricist and Dhirajit Sinha was the composer. The producer of the VCD is R.K. Singha. Artists perfomed in the VCD album are Jugeshwar Chatterjee, Sachin, Reena, Rohit, Premi, Bijon, Vani, Rony, Swapna, Jhoni and Shanti.

Meera has started singing at the early age of eight. She liked to sing on her own by listening songs of Lata Mageskar, Asha Bhosle, Kishor Kumar, Sabina Yasmin, Runa Laila, Subra Deb, Tapan Chowdhury and many other great singers.Though Meera had not got any formal training in vocal music but she was guided by her Music teachers Ms Chaya Roy, Jayanta Kr. Deb, Samir Sana (Classical Singer from Kolkata). She is presently undergoing vocal classical from Jela Shilpakala Academy of Moulvi Bazar.

In her childhood, Meera had been inspired by many people. When she was a student of class 8th, she was inspired and taught by her school Music teacher Baby Sutradhar to play harmonium and sing songs. Singer Dirojit Sinha and Bijon Sinha, her guardians J.K.Sinha and Basanti Sinha, all supported her as mentor. She also received training and guidance on vocal classical from Sushanta Sinha (Bhajan and Ghazal Singer). Meera was constantly encouraged and supported by her husband and in-laws to develop her singing talent, and allow her for stage performances. Her most of the performances are on-stage in various programmes held on different occasions.

On asking her to tell something about Bishnupriya Manipuri people of Bangladesh, she told that Bishnupriya Manipuris in Bangladesh are very well settled and established in Bangladesh. They are availing all normal facilities as other permanent residents of Bangladesh. There are some villages and areas where Bishnupriya Manipuris are residing in large numbers. Sarapathari, Japorgang, Simutola, Shibgaon, Main Madhavpur, Jaap, Tilakpur, Guramora, Bhanubil, Kiramoti, Masimpur (in Sylhet), Parua, Banugas, Bisgaon, Baligaon, Ghanashyampur, Chaishree, Kechupara, Assampara, Sripur are some of those villages. Bishnupriya Manipuris residing there are accustomed with Bishnupriya Manipuri traditions and customs, and freely celebrate them. They get cooperation in all respect from other community residents of Bangladesh.

Meera has many relatives in different parts of India. They are residing in Tripura, Assam, and Meghalaya. She always wished to visit different places of India and her relatives residing in India. Her wish fulfilled when she got an invitation to perform in the four-day Raas Purnima Festival (30-10-09 to 02-11-09) held at Kamalpur under Dhalai district of Tripura organised by Bishnupriya Manipuri community and sponsored by Tripura Government. This was her first performance outside her motherland. Ms Bijoy Lakhi, ex-Industry and Commerce and OBC Welfare Minister of Tripura, had invited her. She presented devotional and other folk songs in Bishnupriya Manipuri and Bengali in the festival and received applause from all the audiences present on the occassion. On her tour to India, besides attending the programme, she also got the opportunity at the same to meet her relatives residing here.

She had stayed in Guwahati for a week and recorded some Bhajans in Bishnupriya Manipuri language composed by Sushanta Sinha. She recorded the songs under the direction and guidance of Sushanta Sinha and Asutosh Sinha. The album will be produced by Chandrakanti Sinha from Dullabcherra.

We hope to get chance to listen to her Bhajans very shortly and wish her success in her life.

Video clips from the album:

1. “Pratham Prem Keno Bhula Jai Na” (Title song of the album) along with other video clips from the album

Patriotic Song dedicating to the land of Bangladesh in VCD album.

Contact addresses to get the copy of the VCD “Pratham Prem Keno Bhula Jai Na” are:

1. Shri R K Singha (Producer), 147/1, Araambagh, Dhaka

Contact No: 01712604330 (add the ISD Code of Bangladesh)

2. MG Music Gallery 30 Patuwatuli, Salam Mansion, Dhaka-1100

Contact No: 01711124632 (add the ISD Code of Bangladesh)

Saturday, 9 January 2010

New Year Celebration at Wagah Border


By Sonica Rajkumari 

Since my childhood, I have been celebrating New Year at my home sitting in front of TV watching the New Year programs, or by wishing my friends New Year late night via SMS. But, this time I celebrated my new year differently, in a very special way that I had never thought of and never planned for it. I would never forget the night of 31st December 2009 and the first day of New Year i.e.1st January 2010.

Last year we had NOSPLAN (National Organisation of Student of Planning) in the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi, in the month of Jan ’09. This time Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar had hosted two-day NOSPLAN on 29 December 2009 and 1 January, 2010. On the night of 26 December, we boarded train at 2 a.m from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, station to Delhi after seeing the movie 3 Idiots at a cinema hall which made our tour more enjoyable. We reached on December 28 and on the same day we had a bus to Amritsar from Lal Quila, New Delhi, and reached there next morning on 29th December. We had been staying in GNDU University only. On 30th December night, we had a group dance competition between the colleges. Obviously, I danced but this time with more proper rehearsal not like last time (Read: Small and Beautiful) when we practiced dance just few hours before the competition and we stood 2nd runner up which was completely unexpected.

This time we knew we would come in top 3 and we came 2nd runner up again. That very night and the next morning also, I was completely absorbed in the dance performance. My mind was not taking anything and I couldn’t help as it happens to me often. Last year also when I danced with my friends I was in same situation, sank into my thoughts.

Anyway, next day on 31st December night we had a DJ party in a banquet hall in Amritsar. All colleges that were present there for NOSPLAN celebrated and welcomed New Year by hitting hard the floor and having good food. Whenever some Punjabi number played that I have not heard, I used to gear up and go to dance again.

On 1 January after the distribution of prizes, we went to see Wagha border. I was so excited to see the location in real, which I watched only in TV till then. The place was very crowded. I could see we were more in number than the Pakistani audience. When we entered, songs were playing. One of my friend, two girls from MANIT (Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology) Bhopal and I, went on the road where already some women and girls were dancing. We danced on songs like ‘Jai-Ho’, ‘Rang De Basanti’. It was fun and we enjoyed a lot. After that we were told to go to our respective places.

Then a BSF officer came out with a mike in hand. He started hailing slogans 'Hindustan-Zindabad', 'Bharat Mata ki – Jai' and many. We also joined him. He was awesome. He was shouting so energetically as if he was going to kill that Pakistani soldier who was standing on the other side of the gate who was also hailing Pakistani slogans. I could see on the other side of the fence there were hardly any audience compared to us. I could hardly hear some “Jio-Jio” from Pakistani side. The BSF officer was all the time encouraging us to hail more loudly. I put my whole energy to shout as loud as I could. My throat got sore after that. I don’t remember when I shouted like this last time. After that, gates of both the countries opened and one BSF soldier from our side and one from the Pakistani side stood in front of their respective gates and started showing parade within their boundaries. Their gestures were aggressive in pride of their national identity and out of the feeling of nationality. Then flags of both the countries hoisted. The whole moment was fantastic experience. I shouted crazily as I do not know when I shall get chance like this again.

After Wagha border, we headed towards Golden Temple in Amritsar, the last Indian city, which is just 28 kilometers from the Indo-Pak border. I kept my eyes widely open so that I could catch the large precinct of Golden temple in my view. Here also, I was filled with wonder and excitement as I was seeing the temple in real. Just after entering Golden temple, our superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif came into my mind. I started looking for the spot where the heroine of the movie “Rab ne bana di Jodi” sat in front of water and saw Shah Rukh as her “Rab”. It was a long queue to the temple. First we had our dinner in the ‘Langer’ in the premises of the temple. We did not enter the temple then as it was already around 10 p.m. We saw the people taking the “Granth” in “Palki” from the temple to some building. Afterwards, we entered the temple when it was less crowded. People were cleaning the temple when we entered. As the temple is in the middle of water, it was a magnificent view from the temple. Lots of lighting was there. The image of illuminated temple was reflected on the water and the image of water was equally reflected on the temple wall. Somewhere around 11 a.m, we left the temple. I bought “Kadha” for my family and for me. Then we headed towards our rooms. We hit the bed as soon as we reached in the room as we were so tired and my throat needed rest.

I have never felt so privileged seeing such places. It was the most memorable New Year for me. I captured all these unforgettable moments in a camera.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Unique New Year gift to journalists


Ranjit Sinha (2nd from left), Associate Editor, The Arunachal Times seen along with other senior journalists of the state with a basketful of organic vegetables offered by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen. (Retd) J J Singh as a new year gift at Raj Bhawan Itanagar on Dec 29, 2009. The organic vegetables are being produced in the kitchen garden of the Governor who has taken initiatives to promote organic farming in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Great Bishnupriya Manipuris

In 2010, let us take an initiative to know our forefathers who with their sheer devotion and selfless contribution given a shape to the present Bishupriya Manipuri community.

It was interesting to know from Sushil Kumar Sinha through one of his comment here, how his Grandfathers “Dakula” Band Singha and Maitai Singha, fought with Muslims in the mouth of Dullabcharra bridge “Singla Chara River’ and saved Singla becoming the part of Bangladesh.

Besides this, there are indeed many glimpses here and there in web, where we see, through comments, the people who have indeed shaped the Bishnupriya Manipuri community since time immemorial. They were people in the field of art, music, literature, society, politics, education, profession etc.

Ashim Singha in Me and My Manipuri Things, in the First Bishnupriya Manipuris list, and here in the with few of the articles on living legends like Pt. Nilmadhab Sinha, Kunjo Sinha, have tried to encapsulate the list of people.

Though remarkable it may be, but these attempts are not enough. So, let us fill in the names of the persons and mention their contribution, not only to the community as such, it may be to different fields.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Foundation stone of Geetiswami Sanskriti Bhavan laid near Silchar


The foundation stone of the Gokulananda Geetiswami Sanskriti Bhavan was laid by MLA Kartik Sena Sinha at Hatirhar near Srikona in Cachar district recently on the sidelines of the observance of the 113th birth anniversary of Bishnupriya Manipuri national poet, bard and alternative media mogul Gokulananda Geetiswami. The birth anniversary of the alternative media maven was observed by the Gokulananda Geetiswami Kala Krishti Kendra with a day-long symposium that was presided over by Professor (Retd) Kamini Mohan Sinha and participated, among others, by Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, noted poet Brajendra Sinha, Kalasena Sinha, Gobinda Sinha, Dr Prabhat Kumar Sinha, Professor Santosh Sinha and Rajkumar Sinha.

Speaking at the symposium, DILS Sinha threw enough light on the life and work of the alternative media mogul. Kalasena Sinha, Gobinda Sinha, poet Brajendra Sinha, Rajkumar Sinha and Santosh Sinha also spoke on the occasion.

Noted artistes Chandramohan Rajkumar, Bela Sinha and Jhulan Sinha were felicitated on the occasion. Professor Prabhat Kumar Sinha was also felicitated on the occasion for obtaining doctorate on “Socio-Economic Development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Community.”

The programme also witnessed the release of a book of Bishnupriya Manipuri translation of some poems of Kabiguru Rabindra Nath Tagore by poet Brajendra Sinha. Educationist and litterateur Kumkum Sinha felicitated the prolific poet for his work.

The Gokulananda Geetiswami Kala Krishti Kendra submitted a memorandum to Silchar MP Kabindra Purkayastha, who could not attend the function, seeking Rs 5 lakh from his MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) for the construction of the Gokulananda Geetiswami Sanskriti Bhavan.

Courtesy:  The Sentinel (2 January, 2010)

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Birth anniversary of Gokolananda Geetiswamy celebrated at Srikona


GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – Gokolananda Geetiswamy Kalakristi Kendra celebrated the 113th birth anniversary of Gokolananda Geetiswamy, the national poet of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, on December 26, a press release said.

A symposium organised on the life and philosophy of the poet at Bagarangan, Srikona in Cachar district was presided over by Kamini Mohan Sinha. A number of writers, poets, social activists and intellectuals attended the programme and paid their deep respect to the poet.

Lakshmindra Sinha, the president of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum and the speaker of the symposium, discussed at length on his multi-faceted genius as a poet, philosopher, social worker, harbinger of new thoughts and awakening and the alternative-media moghul quoting a number of lines from the works of the poet. Kalasena Sinha, Gobinda Sinha, Prof Dr Prabhat Kumar Sinha, Prof Santosh Sinha, retired Prof Barindra Sinha, noted poet Brajendra Kumar Sinha and Rajkumar Sinha spoke on various aspects of the works of the late poet.

Earlier, the MLA of Patherkandi and the guest on the occasion Kartin Sena Sinha laid the foundation stone of the Gokolananda Geetiswami Sanskriti Bhawan and assured his support for its completion within a short period. Krishti Kendra submitted a memorandum to Kabindra Purkayastha, who could not attend the function due to engagement in party election. They demanded sanction of Rs 5 lakh for completion of the Sanskriti Bhawan. The general people of the locality are very enthusiastic about the project.

The organisers felicitated noted artists Chandramohan Rajkumar, Bela Sinha, and Jhulan Sinha for their outstanding contribution for development of the Bishnupriya Manipuri culture. They also felicitated Dr Prabhat Kumar Sinha for obtaining Doctorate degree after researching on the socio-political development in the community.

A book on translation of a few songs of Rabindranath by poet Brajendra Kumar Sinha was released. Kumkum Sinha felicitated Brajendra Kumar Sinha for his laudable effort.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (January 1, 2010)

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33-men Committee set up to pay obeisance to Sahid Raj Babu Sinha


A committee has been set up to pay obeisance to Sahid Raj Babu Sinha, the first martyr who laid down his life for the sake of preserving the Bishnupriya Manipuri language and culture, on 14 March 2010 in Silchar.

For the smooth conduct of the occasion, a 33-men Committee was constituted on 28 December, 2009 in a meeting chartered by Hemkanti Sinha, a social activist of Guwahati.

Jogendra Kumar Sinha another social activist explained the purpose of the meeting in details.

The important Committee office bearers and the members elected are as follow:
Hemkanti Sinha, President
Pradip Sinha, Secretary Advocate
Hari Prasad Sinha, Cashier
Choudhury Mohan Sinha, Masimpur
Krishna Prasad Sharma
Jishnu Singh, New Delhi
Smt. Ranju Sinha, Mumbai

The committee unanimously elected Mrs. KumKum Sinha, Deputy Director Elementary Education, Guwahati; Prof. Barun Kumar Sinha, Hailakandi, and Jogendra Kumar Sinha Retd. Headmaster, Masughat High School and educationist, as advisors.

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