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Gitiswami Remembered At Shillong

In a simple and solemn ceremony, the Bishnupriya Manipuris of Shillong celebrated the 115th Birth Anniversary of the National Icon of the Bishnupriya Manipuris, Gokulananda Gitiswami (26th November, 1896 – 10th July, 1962) on 27 November 2011 at Bivar Road, Shillong. The ceremony was organised by the Gitiswami Jayanti Udjapan Samitty (GIJUS), Shillong.

President Sri L.K. Sinha offering tributes, Adviser, Guru Haricharan Sinha,
General Secretary Sri Rajesh Sinha speaking on the occasion

The function started at about 11.30 a.m. and concluded at about 3 p.m. The inaugural and welcome speech was delivered by Rajesh Sinha, General Secretary of the Samity. Guru Haricharan Sinha, President, North-Eastern Dance Academy, Shillong, Adviser, spoke on the occasion and highlighted the life and works of Gitiswami. Lakshmikanta Sinha (Bashi), ICAS, (Retd.), President, discussed the sacrifice and contribution of Gitiswami in detail for the development of the community. Birojit Sinha, Vice-President and Harendra Sinha (NEEPCO) also spoke on the role of Gitiswami in protecting the mother-tongue Bishnupriya Manipuri to near extinction.

President L.K. Sinha, Harendra Sinha, Guru Haricharan Sinha,
Birajit Sinha, Rajesh Sinha & Others
In the concluding speech, Rajesh Sinha praised all the Bishnupriya Manipuri people of Shillong for their co-operation in making the programme a success. He specifically mentioned the names of Subrata Sinha, B.K. Sinha, Shaiva Sinha, Sankar Sinha, Moni Sinha, Rinku Sinha and Agami Sinha. He also expressed his gratitude to Col.(Retd.) Bijoy Sinha and DILS Debojyoti Sinha for their relentless moral support. Rajesh Sinha, General Secretary also cited the cooperation made by Mihir Sinha and Birendra Rajkumar who could not attend the programme as they attended the celebration of birth anniversary of Gitiswami on the same date at Guwahati on behalf of the Shillong committee.

The President, L.K. Sinha, formally concluded the function with a pledge that they will celebrate the ceremony in a grand way next year provided the co-operation of the people of Shillong continues.

Attendees at the function

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