Jim Ankan Deka, becomes the first Assamese to open a music institution and a production house in Bangalore, India. Eastern Fare Music Foundation had its origination in 2007. Presently the foundation has six institutions and two recording studios. While Jim is the proprietor, two of his friends Mr Anand PM from Kerala and Miss Parmita Borah from Assam help him in running the show. So far the institution has over 400 students with six full and part time teachers. They teach mainly Guitar, Keyboard and Piano in Western Classical Style. Their students sit for Trinity exams.
Jim Ankan Deka is the son of the celebrated Assamese litterateur and economist Late Bhabananda Deka and poet Nalini Prabha Deka. Jim has been composing and arranging Music since his childhood. So far he has arranged music for various Films, Music Albums, Jingles, Video Games, Documentaries and TV Series in an array of languages including Assamese, Hindi, English, Kannada, Nagamese and Mizo. He has had a stint with "Goalporia Folk Songs" as well. He has nine albums till date and is working on three albums in Kannada, English and Assamese language.
Eastern Fare Studio has been helping the upcoming bands with the recording and promotion. They have two four piece and five piece bands in Bangalore consist of students of Eastern Fare who play retro and classic rock music in different clubs and resorts. Jim Ankan himself has a band named 'Veenar' with the renowned Kannada musician Suchethan Rangaswami who are working on their debut album to be released in November this year.
The 48th death anniversary of Bonkonwar Anandi Ram Das was celebrated at Tangla on August 4. On the occasion, two other great lyricist of Assam ie, Luit Konwar Rudra Barua and Geeti Kabi Parbati Prasad Barua were also remembered. The event was organized by Sanskritik Mahasabha, Assam Udalguri and Tangla units in association with Yuva Tirtha,Guwahati at Tangla Girls HS premises.The concluding session was held at 4 pm which was presided over by Dr.Hari Ram Das,president,Sanskritik Mahasabha,Assam Udalguri district committee.
Gyanendra Kumar Chaliha, secretary of the district unit of the Mahasabha in his inaugural speech gace a brief account of the Mahasabha in Udalguri district.He specially spoke on the five days Bongeet workshop held at Tangla recently from July 26 to 30.SankarDas,president of Sanskritik Mahasabha, Assam attended the session as the chief guest.Attending the session as the distinguished guest,Swapnanil Barua,eldest son of Luit Konwar Rudra Barua spoke on the origin of Bongeet in Assam. He mentioned legendary Assamese scholar Dr.Bani Kanta Kakati, who had introduced the word Bongeet. Also speaking on differences between Bongeet and other folk songs of Assam, Barua said that Bongeet reflect feelings or emotions of common people of the society like peasants,boatman,fisherman etc.He described the period of 1940 to 1960 as the golden era of Assamese culture.
Sixty one children and woman of the district who had participted in the recent workshop sang three nostalgic Bongeets of Rudra Barua,Anandi Ram Das and Parbati Prasad Barua to much delight of people present.Nabasmita Medhi of Guwahati and Tulika Devi of Kalaigaon also sang a few songs on the occasion.DN Hazarika,ADC, Udalguri; Dr.Mrinal Choudhury,president and Nirotpal Goswami, secretary, Yuva Tirtha, Guwahati;Prithu Barua,secretary of the Mahasabha;Chandra Prabha Dutta, HM, Tangla Girls HS;Nabajit Das of Tangla etc were also present.Sixty one numbers of participants of the workshop were awarded with certificates on the occasion.
Richard Blurton is the Senior Curator for South Asian section in the Department of Asia at the British Museum. He has curatorial charge of the late medieval, early modern and modern collections from both South and South East Asia. He carries research on these collections and has a special knowledge of the department’s collection history. Richard has conducted active programmes of contemporary collecting, most notably in eastern and north-eastern India.
During his stay at Guwahati, an interactive session on the topic "Vrindavani Vastra" with teachers, academicians, journalists and students at Sudmersen Hall, Cotton College on Tuesday 27 October, 2009 at 3:00pm.
The meeting will be chaired by senior journalist: Mr. Dhiren Bezbaruah & Dr. Indra Kr. Bhattacharyya, Principal of Cotton College organised by Mrs. Rini Kakati, NRI Co-ordinator for UK and Dr.Tilottoma Barua, Department of Anthropology, Cotton College.
Financially, Wikileaks got the recent jolt in terms of finance - the Swiss Bank Post Finance yesterday issued a press release stating that it had frozen Wikileak's defense fund and personal assets worth 31,000 Euros after reviewing him as a "high profile" individual. Earlier, Paypal has frozen their account which they used to collect donations.
Meanwhile, Julian Assange is arrested today in London. His name is listed in the Interpol's wanted list - wanted in Sweden in connection with alleged case of having sex without protection files by two women.