Directorate of Cultural Affairs, State Government with the Darrang District Administration centrally on Wednesday observed the 508th birth anniversary of Biswa Veer Chilarai.
A public function was organized at the historic Mangaldai Gandhi Maidan where Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended as the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal paid tribute to Chilarai terming him not only the symbol of bravery and strength but also a true patriot of Assam with human values and strong love for the nature.
He also highlighted the multifaceted qualities of Chilarai including in the field of literature and culture and stressed on the importance of education. He urged the youths of the state to follow the ideology of Chilarai.
Several prominent guests including Naba Doley, Minister of State Cultural Affairs, Assam, Ramen Deka, MP Mangaldai Lok Sabha, MLAs from Mangaldai and Sipajhar Gurujyoti Das and Binanda Kr Saikia respectively, Dr Jyotirmoy Pradhani, Professor North East Hill University, DC Darrang Ashok Kr Barman and family members of the Royal Koch Dynasty attended the function among others.
Various cultural programs based on traditional Koch Rajbongshi folk music was performed.
Chief Minister Sonowal offered floral garland to the statue of Veer Chilarai located at the campus of Chilarai Bhawan at ward no 6 Mangaldai. A souvenir published on the occasion was formally released by Minister Naba Doley.