February 13, 2019

Geetikobi Parvati Prasad Baruva Award to Prof Idris Ali

The first Geetikobi Parvati Prasad Baruva award was presented to noted lyricist, musician, poet and litterateur Prof Idris Ali by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a solemn function, held at the Madhabdev international auditorium of Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra, in Guwahati, recently. The award carries a citation and a cash reward of Rs two lakhs.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that Geetikobi Parvati Prasad Baruva has enlightened the Assamese culture with his immortal creations. The motive behind instituting this award is to keep his invaluable creations alive for the new generation to take inspiration and get motivated.

Prof Ali in his well articulated acceptance speech said that by receiving the award, he got bonded with the great soul of the cultural icon for a lifetime.

He recollected being deeply inspired by the works of Baruva, who is considered as one of the pioneers of Assamese modern songs, apart from Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla and Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha. The much revered figure, who was the single most important influence on him during his formative years, taught him to love the world in all its beauty and complexity.

Speaking on the occasion, noted litterateur and former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Kanak Sen Deka threw light on the life and times of Parvati Prasad Baruva, his struggles in life, his perseverance and his continued zeal to contribute to the life and culture of the Assamese community.

On the occasion, Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley also reflected on the life and works and Pravati Prasad Baruah.

Power Minister and legislator from Sonari, Tapan Kumar Gogoi spoke about his long association with the family of the great cultural icon. “The people of Sonari always wanted the works of Parvati Prasad Baruva to be remembered by the State,” he said, while expressing his gratitude to the Chief Minister in instituting this award.

On the occasion, a host of former students of Prof Ali from Nagaon Girls College, where he served for more than two decades, spontaneously took the dais and felicitated him.

The function was attended by a host of dignitaries from the cultural, literary and social arena of the State, apart from the family members of Parvati Prasad Baruva.

Prantik Deka