A workshop on "Manuscript Preparation and Painting in Sankari art form" was held under the auspices of SOCIETY FOR SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA from July 7 to 11 at Dhing College, Dhing. Mridu Moucham Bora, who has earned reputation as preservation expert of Manuscript as well as painter of Sankari art form, was the trainer in the workshop. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, President of SOCIETY FOR SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA inaugurated the workshop on July 7, 2013. He highlighted the need for commercial production of these paintings in order to make this art form economically viable.
Total 39 learners from different parts of Assam underwent training in the workshop. They were taught about the process of preparing the fine leaves where manuscripts were written in medieval era. Next they were taught the art of painting with Hengul and Haital. They were given hands-on training to handle these substances. All of them successfully drew paintings on Sancipat, which were later exhibited in the valedictory function. They were given a beautiful certificate on completion of the five day course. Their names are :
1 NANDINI NILAM 2 GIRISH CH MAHANTA 3 UJJAL SAIKIA 4 NAYANA BORA 5 DIPSHIKHA MAZUMDAR 6 LAKHYA JYOTI BORA 7 LIZA DAS 8 JYOTIRMOY DAS 9 JHARNA BHARALI 10 NAYANMONI BORA 11 MINTU KALITA 12 DIBYAJYOTI GOSWAMI 13 BISWAJIT BORA 14 NASRIM SELIMA HUSSAIN 15 DHIRAJ BORA 16 SUMONTO DEORY 17 NIKITA SAIKIA 18 RISHWITA HAZARIKA 19 ABHINOB BORA
20 SHIRSTI NANDA KASHYAP 21 PARASH BORA 22 PRIYANKA BORA 23 NIBEDITA DOLEY 24 HIRONMOYEE DOLEY 25 RUPJYOTI BHARALI 26 MOHAN BORA 27 MANJU RANI KALITA 28 RUMI ARA BEGAM 29 ANURAAG NATH 30 KUMAR DIUCK NATH 31 DEVIKA NATH 32 KASTURIMA NATH 33 RITUL BORA 34 HIMANGSHU SAIKIA 35 PRASANTA SAGAR BORA 36 SUBHANGINI NEOG 37 DEEPAK KALITA 38 DIPUL SAIKIA 39 KAUSTAV MONI SAIKIA
The workshop ended on July 11. The valedictory function was attended by eminent mask artist from Jokai Sattra Girish Mahanta, Principal of Dhing College Dr Sarat Dutta, co-ordinator of SOCIETY FOR SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA Pradip Hazarika, Secretary Neilh Gautam and others. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti presided over the function. Mridu Moucham Bora gave a report on the performance by the trainees. About one hundred distinguished citizens of Dhing attended both the inauguration and valedictory function.
Stunned by the Silapothar clash, AASU leadership vow to go all out against the immigrants irrespective of religion. Talking to reporters after the incident advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said under no circumstance they would allow the Hindu immigrants to stay refugees.
He further demanded exemplary punishment for the people responsible for the incident who attack the local AASU office in Silapothar after hundreds of Hindu Bangla-speaking unitedly demanded removal of D voter tag from their names.
The clash took place when the people who attended the rally took out a protest procession to mark the happy ending of the rally.
As the rally crossed the local AASU office a section of the protesters turned violent and pelted stones at the AASU office while some of them ransacked the office and a few people who were there had to flee.
Four two wheelers were set in fire forcing policemen to step in who resorted to lathicharge and tear gas shells to disperse the violent protesters.
Promising to take one on a trip down memory lane, late Bhabendranath Saikia’s immortal feature, Xanta-Xista Hrista-Pusta Mahadusta is soon going to make its comeback. This feature which used to be transmitted through All India Radio in the late eighties is now being recorded in video format at the behest of young theatre worker Simanta Phukan. Production has been going on at the Guwahati-based Shankardev Studios since January 1 this year. A dynamic theatre worker from Jorhat, Simanta has more than hundred theatrical plays to his credit, besides some highly acclaimed video features like Joymoti and Kamalakuwari. The attempt to record the nostalgia associated with this feature is being undertaken by Simanta in the memory of late Bhabendranath Saikia.
Xanta-Xista Hrista-Pusta Mahadusta, or the exploits of Manu, Bapu, Bhulu and Runi, is something which an entire generation of the State grew up with. In order to capture the very essence of the old feature, Simanta had launched a state-wide audition for the four main characters. More than 300 child artists from all across the State had come to participate in the audition. It was finally decided that Ekta Saikia of Guwahati, Arindam Sharma Kashyap pf Dergaon, Soumabrat Bora of Sibsagar and Pranju Bora of Numaligarh perfectly fitted the evergreen characters of Runi, Bhulu, Monu and Bapu. The other members of the cast include Arun Nath, Malaya Goswami, Upakul Bordolooi, Chetana Das, Prasanta Phukan, Mridul Kakati, Jyotirmoi Sharma, Banashri Kakoti, Puwali Bora, child artists Navakishor Dutta and Anupam Gogoi besides others.
The video feature is being produced by Sonari-based cultural activists Utpal Gogoi and Debajit Bora under the banner of JJ Production. The crew for Xanta-Xista Hrista-Pusta Mahadusta is as belows: Munin Barua (choreography), Jitu Ahmed (camera), Rustam Bora (chief assistant director, Bubul Phukan and Rupjyoti Mahanta (assistant directors), Biswajit Kalita (make-up), Gitika Phukan (costume), Phatik Baruah (production controller), Dipak Sharma (production manager). Anurag Saikia has provided the music score for the film and Zubeen Garg has lend his voice to the beautiful lyrics penned down by Dr. Anil Sharma. The first episode of the video feature will be released on Dr. Bhabendranath Saikia’s birth anniversary on February 20.