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Bongeet album ‘suwadi xuriya subakh’ released

The unique Bongeets, created by Bonkonwar Anandiram Das, are a beautiful blend of Bihu tunes with other native songs, and they resonated with the people of Assam, irrespective of age or musical preference. It was through these exquisite songs and lyrics that Bonkonwar interpreted his experiences, which also reflected much of the feelings of common people, while also depicting Nature in all its bounty. He breathed new life into Assamese music and the fresh appeal of the songs made them hugely popular among the masses. Bonkonwar employed the pastoral convention to talk about the hopes and aspirations of the rural folk, and through it, connected to larger humanity as well, in the hallowed tradition of pastoral poetry in the West. He has penned well over a thousand Bongeets, which has not only enriched our music, but has also reflected the uniqueness of Assamese culture. The world is, indeed, a better place when the richness of indigenous music is preserved and promoted.

Recently, a new Bongeet album ‘Xuwadi Xuriya Xubakh’ was released by eminent musician Anupam Chowdhury on the occasion of Bonkonwar’s 50th death anniversary at the Guwahati Press Club amidst an august gathering. The eight songs in the album, beautifully rendered by the artiste-couple Kripamoy Das and Dhritishree Devi, is a musical feast for listeners, includes songs such as O’ Bulu Xeujiya, Axomor Xuwani, Baa O’ Boliya, Luitor Xuwani O’, O’ Rupahi, among others, which are likely to touch the hearts of many listeners.  

Produced under the banner of P K D Production, the songs have been composed by noted musicians Diganta Sarma, Abhijit Barman, Diganta Bharati and Rupam Talukdar. The release function began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Arabinda Pathak before the portrait of Bonkonwar. He is actively involved in teaching and preserving these traditional songs with their simple lyrics.

Pathak, during his inaugural speech, said that as long as the songs of Bonkonwar continue to appeal to the listeners, Bonkonwar’s memory will remain alive in the hearts and minds of people. He strongly believes that Bonkonwar's extraordinary artistic legacy needs to be preserved and promoted. Pathak also showered praises on Kripamoy Das and Dhritishree Devi, who have made quite an effort to grasp the finer nuances and details under his tutelage. The Bongeet album also owes its making to Munindra Kumar Saikia, who is personally and passionately involved in preserving and promoting the tradition of Bongeets. Its important that as artistes, one remains true to the purity of Bongeets, without deviating from its essence.

The album release and commemoration programme was also attended by Professor Sashindra Kumar Kakoty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, noted artistes JP Das, Samar Hazarika, eminent lyricist-writer Kirtikamal Bhuyan, noted singer Meera Das Saharia, Munindra Saikia, among others. ‘Xuwadi Xuriya Xubakh’ has been also enriched by the contributions of several well-known musicians like Dilip Mazumdar, Bhaskar Ojah, Simanta Barua, Raja Barua, Tapan Das, Utpal Bora, Parameshwar Basumatary and Dibyajyoti Changmai.

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ABSU demands inquiry against hospital anomalies

5 Nov 2015 - 5:32pm | Hantigiri Narzary

The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) demands magisterial inquiry into anomalies and corrupted administration of Kokrajhar RNB civil hospital which has become death trap for poor patients.

Premjit Narzary,president and Nion Mushahary,general secretary of Kokrajhar district unit of ABSU in an issued statement condemned the corrupted administration of the hospital which has become death trap for poor patients.  Information revealed that the hospital has acquired many latest types of equipment for advanced treatment like Ultra Sonography, ECG, X-ray machine, Laparoscopy machine etc. But all these equipments are not being used, most of the time the Doctors directly ask the  attendant to take the patients to the private laboratory for blood test, X-ray and other diagnosis, so the poor patients have to depend on the private Laboratories spending a lot of money.

As per the opinion of public the patients gets only bed in the hospital and  they need purchase all the medicines from outside pharmacies, the hospital authority provides only a kind of saline after bed and all medicines are to be brought from outside’, leaders said.

‘No free treatment is seen in Kokrajhar RNB Civil Government Hospital, the Hospital might have been selling government supply free medicine as all patients are forced to buy all the medicine and surgical equipment from outside pharmacies’,the students union leaders added.

The student union leaders makes a strong demand to the  Deputy Commissioner Kokrajhar, the BTC and State Government to take necessary steps for magisterial inquiry to redress the unwanted anomalies immediately.

Ration dealer thrashed in Kokrajhar

30 Dec 2017 - 11:05am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar: A section of angry residents in Kokrajhar thrashed a ration dealer accusing him of resorting to unfair deal with the beneficiaries. The incident took place on Friday where a group of beneficiaries from Ghoskata village caught the dealer Budu Brahma alias Sahen Basumatary and charged him of deliberately doing anomalies in the distribution of rations through cooperative societies where the real beneficiaries were reprieved. 

According to the beneficiaries, most of them out of nearly 320 APL and BPL card holders have not been receiving due quantity of rice, sugar and kerosene. But as per the government guidelines, a BPL family should get 33-35 kgs of rice per month. But the dealer has been distributing these card holders only 28 kgs of rice. As per AAY scheme, a beneficiary should get 5kgs of rice at a rate of of Rs 3 per kg, but getting only 4 kgs and taking Rs 5 per kg.  

The angry beneficiaries then convened a meeting and invited the dealer to discuss these anomalies. When he tried to defend the anomalies, he was publicly beaten up. The beneficiaries further demanded early cancellation of his trade license.

Storm in Barak Congress

21 Jan 2015 - 11:32am | AT News

Congress leaders and workers, mostly, are unhappy with the reshuffle move where Gaurom Roy is likely to be dropped.

Minutes after the Barak valley leader put in his papers, Congressmen have started demanding his reinduction in the cabinet saying that they are ready to stage more protest if Roy is ignored.

Roy, however, has appealed to his loyalists not to stage any protest saying that he would be on their service always.