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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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  1. Recent years,specially this year, we have been hearing the birth anniversary of Gokulananda Geetiswami,the social reformer been celebrated in various quarters.It is a very good sign of social awareness in our community.

    It is not understood,how come an organisation like Kalakristi Kendra of Bagarangan,could celebrate the anniversary of a great Social Reformer of the community only as a mere poet, as mentioned in news item?

    Looking at the names of digni-
    taries present there, it could be felt that hardly any social activists other than the people connected with the literacy were present there and it is very much evident from the news item that the dignitaries' designations(society's) were purposely withheld and only one designation was prominently exhibited because it is connected with the literacy.


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