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The 17th death anniversary of Padamshree awardee Pratima Barua Pandey was observed with a day-long programme in Assam’s Dhubri district on Friday.

The programme was held under the aegis of Dhubri District Cultural Development Centre, Gauripur and in association with the local unit of All Assam Students’ Union.

After flag hoisting and swahid tarpan by various local leaders, individuals and organizations, floral tributes were paid to the statue of famous Goalpariya folk singer Pratima Barua Pandey at the premises of public library of Gauripur town of Dhubri district.

On this occasion, altogether 70 folk musicians played various songs of Pratima Barua and performed music on dotara, a local folk music instrument at the auditorium of Gauripur Cultural Development Centre and paid their tribute to the great folk music maestro of Assam.

Jiten Kr Das, district cultural development officer said since the last couple of months, a workshop on manufacturing of local folk musical Instruments and training programme for the local folk music and artist is underway at the Gauripur Cultural Centre.

Das further said they have targeted to achieve world record by playing together 100 dotara and sarangi musical instrument at a single platform very shortly..

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Similar memorial meeting was also organized across the district where the famous singer was remembered.

Pratima Barua Pandey was an Indian folk singer from the royal family of Gauripur in western Assam’s Dhubri district.

Pratima Barua Pandey was honoured with the Padmashree and Sangeet Natak Akademi for her pioneering efforts in popularizing Goalpariya folk song.

Hastir Kanya and Oh Mur Mahut Bandhure were few famous folk songs sung by her.

She was the daughter of Prakritish Chandra Barua (Lalji) and niece of filmmaker Pramathesh Chandra Barua of Devdas fame.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com