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Guwahatians recall Geetiswami


By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 29: The Greater Guwahati Gokulananda Geetiswami Udjapan Committee observed the 114th birth anniversary of Geetiswami Gokulananda at Shilpgram here today with a day-long function that was presided over by Prof (Retd) Kamini Mohan Sinha and attended, among others, by educationist and social worker Hemkanti Sinha as the chief guest, Prof (Retd) Shyam Charan Sinha as the guest of honour, MLA Kartik Sena Sinha as the distinguished guest and former president of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) Manoranjan Sinha, who was honoured with the Geetiswami Purashkar at the function.

In his speech, noted speaker Colonel Bijay Sinha offered some “food for thought” for the Bishnupriya Manipuri intelligentsia by questioning the relevance of and reason behind match-making in accordance with the prediction and description given in horoscopes, a practice very much prevalent in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community much to the problems of a number of ill-fated girls and in their guardians. Colonel Sinha is of the firm view that self-dependence and other qualities of girls should prevail over those mentioned in their horoscopes in matters related to their nuptial affairs. Speaking on the contribution of Geetiswami, Colonel Sinha said Geetiswami should have been called an icon of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

This statement from Colonel Sinha had a feeble resistance from MLA Kartik Sena Sinha who said those mentioned in horoscopes do help ones to an extent though much depends on other aspects on ones life.

While receiving the Geetiswami Puraskar, Prof Manoranjan Sinha said it will not be an exaggeration if Geetiswami is called the creator of Bishnupriya Manipuri literature. He also highlighted the contribution of another poet, Leikhomsena Sinha.

The function also witnessed the felicitation of two personalties — Bhairab Sinha of Tripura and Biresh Ranjan Sinha — by DILS, a socio-cultural and literary organization. In his speech, DILS president Debojyoti Sinha said Geetiswami could best be identified as the national icon of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

In his presidential address, Prof Kamini Mohan Sinha laid stress on unity and integrity in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community so that it can survive various odds that are bound to come in their social life ahead. He made an appeal to the community members to follow the footsteps of Geetiswami.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (November 30, 2009)

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  1. Apart from the Programme of 26th Nov.'09, on 29th we, the Guwahatians, again performed ceremonially the BIRTH DAY OF GOKULANANDA GEETISWAMI popularly known as GOKULKIRTONEE in Bishnupriya Manipuri Society and in this way, we the Guwahatians should come forward for our Society's development leaving our outdated idea "TI DANGOR-MI DANGOR" ETC.
    I hope alongwith the development of our society, we can brighten our identity to other socities.

  2. Congrats to specially Col.Vijay,
    Shri Ravi,Shri Debajyoti Sinha and
    also other members of the Utjapan committee in their success of the
    much talked Shilpagram program.

    Being one of the advisers of the
    Udjapan Committee,today I feel proud of myself to be associated with s can uch committee.Let this celebration be growing bigger and bigger in the coming years.

    At the same time I would like to congratulate Prof. Manoranjan sinha
    from Bhakatpur,Cachar for receiving the coveted
    award.Similarly,on behalf of the committee I would like to thank my friend Shri Hemkanti Sinha,my younger brother Prof.Kamini Mohan Sinha and MLA
    Kartik Sena Sinha for attending the celebration.

    Our tribute to the great social reformer Geetiswami Gokulananda would be our modern thought towards the upliftment of the society,with topic like "food for thought"expressed by Col. Vijay.
    Really the superstition like horoscope matching may be abolished from the society as it is hardly prevailing in other caste Hindus.We sould debate
    on another point ie 'Gotra' along with this horoscope matching.


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