Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday inaugurated Khagen Mahanta Udyan.
The park was set up by the State government in memory of cultural doyen of the state Khagen Mahanta at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in the city.
The programme was organised by Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Society and Cultural Directorate, Government of Assam.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the people’s artiste Khagen Mahanta had created evergreen songs which would keep inspiring the younger generations of the state.
He also said Mahanta’s creations spoke about human sensibilities and universal brotherhood.
The artiste could popularise folk music of the state through radio and films and his songs resonated with the people throughout Assam’s length and breadth and even beyond.
The young generation of the state must keep in mind the human values propagated by Khagen Mahanta through his creations.
Only imbibing those values in one’s life would pay true respect to the artiste, said Sonowal.
Saying that Mahanta had deep ties with public life of the state, Sonowal stated that the artiste had dedicated his entire life to propagate and popularise folk music of Assam.
He made tremendous contribution to cultural life of the state, Sonowal said.
Sonowal said not only the picture of the state’s rural life got depicted in his songs but Mahanta’s songs had also reflected the natural beauty of Assam.
He also mentioned about Khagen Mahanta’s son Angarag (Papon) Mahanta who has been able to establish himself as an artiste of repute at the national and international stages.