Guwahati, June 20: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented Bishnu Rabha Award, 2018 to eminent sculptor Dr. Janak Jhankar Narzary and dance exponent Guneswar Bhuyan at the central Rabha Divas function held under the aegis of cultural affairs department in association with Kamrup metro district administration at Sonapur Mini stadium here on Wednesday.
The award carries a cheque of rupees two lakh each, a citation, sharai and chelleng chadar.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Sonowal urged the society to reinforce human values amongst the youth and indulge in hard work with dedication and perseverance.
“Bishnu Prasad Rabha exemplified great human values, hard work and perseverance. He worked for a classless society and strengthened unity and harmony in our society. The students and youth must take lesson from his ideals and pay adequate respect to the legacy bequeathed to us by the legendary personalities of the state to promote peace, harmony, brotherhood and friendship”, he said.
Expressing deep concern over superstition and other forms of social evils prevailing in today’s age of science and technology, Sonowal said that the people must join hands to work together to rid the society from these ills. He also emphasised on promoting spiritual and moral education amongst youth so that they could take the lead in unleashing reform in the society.
Stating that it was the responsibility of the parents to show their children the path of righteousness, Sonowal cautioned them that their responsibility did not end with admitting their children in good educational institutions alone.
The chief minister also highlighted the state government’s fight against corruption and appealed the people to dissuade corrupt practices.
Minister of state for cultural affairs, Naba Kumar Doley, Dispur MLA Atul Bora and West Guwahati MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita also spoke on the occasion highlighting the contributions of Bishnu Prasad Rabha to the Assamese society.
Recipients of Bishnu Rabha Award, 2018 Dr. Janak Jhankar Narzary and Guneswar Bhuyan also shared their thoughts.
Coinciding the function, Sonowal also felicitated ten distinguished persons of Sonapur area for their contribution to the society in different fields.