Assam’s Barak Valley is all geared up to celebrate ‘Unishe May’ (May 19) like previous years.
The central theme of the series of the programmes is named ‘Hridaye Rabindranath, Chetanay Unish’ which starts on May 6 and continue till May 27.
The inaugural programme on Sunday is being held at Goldighi Mall of Silchar town.
Commemorating with the inauguration, a seminar titled ‘Robindranathke ghire jouboner adda’ will be held from 5 pm.
On May 7, a cultural programme will be presented at the District Library auditorium.
On May 8, Rabindra drama will be presented by the students of various institutions.
From May 9 to May 15, several cultural events have been lined up to be presented all over the town.
On May 17, the grand walk ‘Unisher Pothchola’ will take place on the main roads of Silchar.
Alpona (rangoli) will be drawn on the road in front of the Gandhi Baag by the artists on May 18.
On May 19 a big rally (provaat ferri) will be taken out in the town.
After that the memorial of the ‘Eleven Martyrs’ will be garlanded by general masses in Smashan Ghat.
On that day, cultural programmes will be held later in the day at Gandhi Bhawan dedicated to the great poets Kazi Nazrul and Sukanta Bhattacharjee.
The main organizer of the programmes, Sammilito Sanskritik Moncho appealed to all the people irrespective of caste, creed, language and religion to make the mega event successful.
It may be recalled that on May 19, 1961, eleven youth sacrificed their lives to police firing.
They were organizing a peaceful agitation in Silchar railway station for adoption of their mother tongue Bengalee as the official language of Barak Valley.
From then they are popularly known as ‘Ekadash Shahid’ or the Eleven Martyrs of Barak.