Ratan Lahkar, the doyen of Assam’s theatre industry, was remembered by a number of organizations of Pathsala on his first death anniversary on Monday.
Ratan Lahkar, the founder-producer of Kohinoor Theatre, a leading mobile theatre company of Assam, breathed his last in Guwahati on January 29, 2017 following prolonged illness.
He was 77 at the time of his demise.
As per information, no representative of the theatre producers’ association of Assam was seen at the first death anniversary function organized in Pathsala to pay tribute to the father figure of Assam’s theatre industry on Monday.
There was also no government representative attending the event organized to recall the contributions of late Lahkar.
The people who were present at the death anniversary programme and the family members of Ratan Lahkar expressed displeasure at the poor condition of the cremation ground of Ratan Lahkar and Achyut Lahkar, another father figure of the mobile theatre.
Achyut Lahkar, the producer of Nataraj Theatre, died on June 12, 2016.
The bodies of both Ratan Lahkar and Achyut Lahkar were cremated at the premises of Pragati Sangha in Pathsala.
The representatives of different organizations who came to pay tribute to Ratan Lahkar on his first death anniversary condemned the government’s alleged negligence towards the doyen of Assam’s theatre industry.
The family members of both Ratan Lahkar and Achyut Lahkar also expressed their resentment at the government’s attitude.
The family members of Ratan Lahkar were allegedly not invited to the event organized at Guwahati.
The people, who were present at the death anniversary programme of Ratan Lahkar on Monday, expressed their unhappiness at the inability of the ministers and MLAs to fulfil their promises of building the cremation ground while attending the cremation of both Ratan Lahkar and Achyut Lahkar.