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Monday, August 30, 2010

Udalguri DC's move to solve public greviences welcomed



The Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri along with high civil officials met representatives of various organizations of Kalaigaon areas on August 4 at the office of the BDO Kalaigaon on a few longpending public demands like the dilapidated condition of the MB road connecting Mangaldai to Bhutan via-Kalaigaon-Tangla-Paneri-Bhutiachang-Samran;encroachment on public lands;formation of Kalaigaon Town Committee etc.The meeting cum open discussion was convened by SS Meenakshi Sundaram,IAS,DC Udalguri in response to a few public petitions.The meeting was also attended by Maheswar Bodo, MLA,Kalaigaon;Jagadish Sarkar,MCLA,BTC; MP Sarma, Project Director, DRDA, Udalguri; Debajyoti Dutta,ADC,Bhergaon. Representatives of various organizations like AASU, ABSU,AJYCP,Bengali Federation, Kalaigaon Nagarik Manch;Kalaigaon Press Club etc.

Dinamoni Das,Circle Officer,Kalaigaon Revenue Circle in his welcome speech explained about a few serious problems of the people while Debajyoti Dutta,ADC,Bhergaon conducted the proceeding of the meeting.N Islam,asstt.executive engineer,PWD,explained about the latest developments on the matter of upgradation of historic MB road from Kalaigaon to Samran (40 KM).He said that only the first phase of the upgradation (from Mangaldai to Kalaigaon) had nearly been completed and proposals for upgradition of the remaining two phases (from Kalaigaon to Tangla and then Tangla to Samran) had yet to receive government approval.He further said that another proposal of Rs.75 crores had been submitted under NLCPR scheme of DONER;but yet to receive approval of the BTC authority.Speakers namely-Kami Ram Saharia,Mahendra Saikia,Jayanta Kumar Das,Dandi Kumar Bodo,Lohit Chandra Nath,Kamal Prasad Sarma,Sukleswar Deka beside AASU, ABSU,AJYCP officials highlighted various major social problems of the areas like encroachment on public places,sub-standard works of the PWD and Health department contractors,blokage of MB road at Ramhari by a first class PWD contractor,formation of Kalaigaon Town Committee,unification of two weekly Kalaigaon marketsetc. MP Sarma, PD,DRDA,Udalguri and Jagadish Sarkar,MCLA,BTC also addressed the meeting.Both of them expressed hope that district and BTC authorities would solve all the problems in time.

In his concludingspeech,Deputy Commissioner Meenakshi Sundaram remarked that most of the public demands realated to subjects which had already been transferred to BTC authority.He said that in BTC areas district administration could look after law and order situation only.But he assured people that both the district and BTC administrations would do best to solve all the problems, not to halt developmental works in any way. The DC ordered the PWD and Revenue officials to evict all the encroachers within one month so as to complete the construction of drainage system in Kalaigaon town.In this regard he appealed all the organizations not to presurise contractors for donations as that could very much effect the substandard of the works. Later in the day the DC and the Project Officer visited several places including Kalaigaon State Dispensary (estd in 1886) where they assured people to post another doctor shortly.They also thanked Dr.C.P.Payeng i/c of the dispensary for his single handed service to the people of Kalaigaon areas.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

What beauty!

How green is my valley

Here I am

I can see all

A worried Indian Humming bird

Summer of 2010

Queen indeed

Marina.

Beautiful PEARL Masseuse

Beautiful PEARL Masseuse

posing for the photo.

Flowers at Ratchaprueck.

30.07.2010. Pirts festivāls Brūveros

26.07.2010.

venture trip, summer of '08

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kalpana Patowari stormed into Bhojpuri music



Kalpana Patowari,classy, sophisticated and attractive… she is the Queen of Bhojpuri Music World and truly rules the hearts.
This Assamese girl is the darling of the North Indian belt and has been christened the uncrowned BHOJPURI QUEEN.
As Kalpana says,I don’t want my folk music to be trapped in our villages. Yes it’s safe there in its original form, but of no use unless we make the world hear our very soulful and meditative music.
So to make it global I am trying to blend the music of my homeland with world music and other genres.
This passion for traditional music, the burning sense of rhythm and grooves made singer Kalpana worked in an album together with world class India’s virtuoso percussionist and bandleader Trilok Gurtu, one of the most dynamic and prolific musicians on a new project MASSICAL released from BIRD JAM label Germany and collaborated with international unique musicians like Carlo Cantini, Jan Garbarek, Phil Drummy, Roland Cabezas, Stefano Dall’Ora. She was on a world tour with Trilok Gurtu to promote the album.
She recently made another demonstration of her musical genius with the brilliance of her performance at Blue Frog Studios in Mumbai with music maestro Trilok Gurtu.
A graduate in English literature from Cotton College, Assam and Visharad in Indian Classical Music (vocal) under Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth, Lucknow in 1996, her goal was set on furthering a career in music.
Born and raised in ASSAM Kalpana first developed an interest in music when she was a child and learned to sing with her father, who had dabbled in folk music in his younger days; in her early teens, she picked up a harmonium and her dad taught her the notes selection. Kalpana began performing as a child, singing with her father. The group sang at local stages and community gathering. As a teenager, Kalpana sang with a local rock & roll band. She earned a scholarship to the Lucknow University, where she studied vocals and music engineering. After a while, she started professional singing.
Upon graduating from college, she travelled around the North East, looking at various local music scenes.
In 2001, with endless aspirations and immense confidence, Kalpana moved towards Mumbai the dream city of India.This talented Assamese damsel made her debut with a remix album named “My Heart is Beating” with Times Music and by–and–by she didn’t look back.
A disciple of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Kalpana was fortunate to con classical music from him in order to shape her career. In spite of her mother tongue being Assamese, Kalpana easily adapted different languages. She has already sung in around 9000 songs for 22 languages.
Later her first solo Bhojpuri album “Gawanwa Lija Raja Ji” from T-Series established her as an International Bhojpuri star singer by breaking all former records of T-Series. Kalpana was becoming a popular figure in the Bhojpuri music scene and in early 2002, T-Series Music Label seemed poised to sign a contract with Kalpana.This hit led to a record contract with T series.
She has given the most hit Bhojpuri numbers in Northern India. In a very short span of time she has playbacked in maximum Bhojpuri films. She was entitled with “Bhojpuri Samragee” and “Swar Kokila” for popularity by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar government.
Kalpana’s songs have been downloaded incessantly, while her large fan base speaks volumes about her popularity.
She had many opportunities to sing for Hindi films and has already play blacked in more than 100 Hindi feature film. A few of them are Akshay Kumar’s -KHATTA MEETHA,WELCOME, DE DANA DAN, Shah rukh Khan’s-BILLU BARBER, Ram Gopal Verma’s -RATHA CHARITHRA, Monty Sharma’s -CHAMKU &MIRCHH.
This powerhouse vocalist set the stage on fire when she hit some orotund notes on the sets of NDTV Imagine’s Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka. Kalpana had been taking Assamese and Bhojpuri folk songs to various corners of India for more than a decade and Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka was simply the perfect platform for her to attain nationwide recognition.She is deeply rooted in Nirgun, Purvi, Kajree,Pachra(devi geet), Bihu folk forms.
After Mahua Channels SUR SANGRAM-1,Kalpana proved once again to become one of the most popular female singer breaking through into the big time Bhojpuri Music World.
In 2009, after a lengthy hiatus Kalpana build her own dream home studio MUSIC BOX STUDIOS in Mumbai.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kalakhetra,Guwahati,Assam

Kalakhetra,Guwahati

Man made wetland in Guwahati

State level quiz on renewable energy held in Guwahati





An all Assam level quiz competition on renewable energy was held at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra,Guwahati on August 19 on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akskay Urja Diwas,2010.The quiz was organized by Assam Energy Development Agency under ASTEC (Assam Science Tecgnology & Environment Council )Guwahati in association with BJVJ (Bharat Jana Vigyan Jatha). According to Dr.Manoj Patowari, Secretary, BJVJ, Assam, district level quiz competitions had been arranged in each of the 27 districts of Assam in August 2010 (on the same focal theme) and best 27 teams were invited to participate in the state level competition. Dr.SK Choudhury, Director ASTEC formally inaugurated the state level quiz at 2 pm on August 19 at Kalakhetra auditorium in presence of distinguished persons like Dr.Anil Kumar Goswami,Chairman,Greater Guwahati Rotary Club. Noted quiz master Sanjeev Goswami conducted the state level quiz to much delight of the participants and audience. A qualifying round was held to select the best ten teams for the grand finale.Accordingly -Cachar, Udalguri, Chirang,Jorhat,Karbi Anglong,Barpeta,Nagaon,Nalbari,Dhemaji and Goalpara qualified for the grand finale.Nalbari,Dhemaji and jorhat won the first three places respectively while Udalguri and Cachar jointly won the fourth place.
Prizes were distributed next day at a function where Dr.Akhil Medhi VC of Guwahati university;Niraj Bajaj,Commissioner cum Secretary,Science & Technology,Govt. Of Assam; Dr.SK Choudhuri,Director ASTEC;Mrinal Choudhuri, Asstt. Director, Assam Energy Development Agency and Dr.Manoj Patowari,Secretary,Bharat Jana Vigyan Jatha attended as the distinguished guests.More than thousand school children from various schools of Guwahati city attended the ceremony and colorful procession arranged on the occasion.

Giant Fishes of Mekong face extinction

Giant Fishes of Mekong face extinction

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Red Horns Gunners honour Udalguri students in Assam


‘Celebrate the Spirit of Freedom’ was the theme of Independence Day Celebration organized by 315 Field Regiment (KARGIL) of Red Horns Division in Udalguri district. The bright young students, prize winners of I-Day open essay writing competition organized at Sacred Heart School,Udalguri on 08 Aug 2010 were felicitated by Col.SD Upadhyay, CO,315 Field Regiment (KARGIL) at Udalguri Army Camp on 14 Aug 10.The 18 young achievers were given certificates of merit and mementos for showcasing their literary talent. Speaking on the occasion, Col. SD Upadhyay deliberated on the sanctity of freedom and what it means to the future inheritors of this precious gift from our forefathers and the freedom fighters who sacrificed their everything on the altar of struggle for freedom.

An interactive session with the children and their parents followed the distribution of prizes by Mrs.Shobha Upadhyay,wife of Commanding officer of 315 Field Regiment. The prize distribution ceremony was well attended by a few distinguished persons namely- Lt. Col. Shashi, journalist Jayanta Kumar Das and heads of the various institutions of the district.

The following students won prizes in various categories.In English ( three sections)-Padma Gayari,Shahil Brahma,Saibria Baglari, Niharika Deka Narzi, Upamanyoo Das,Arpan Khaklari and Roselin Musahari;in Assamese (three sections)- Punam Rabha,Kalpana Bharali,Nisha Deka,Pranita Das,Rajiv Das,Tripa Sarkar; in Bodo (three sctions) Domion Narzari, Himanshu Gayari, Nersun Baglari, Baikuntha Bodo and Rinku Daimari.
 

Quiz on 'Renewable Energy' arranged at Udalguri India



A district level quiz on the theme Renewable Energy was arranged at DCs conference hall at Udalguri town on August 15.The programme was sponsored by BJVJ (Bharat Jana Vigyan Jatha) Assam and Assam Energy Development Agency, Guwahati in association with Udalguri district administration headed by SS Meenashi Sundaram,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri.At the direction of the DC,Udalguri, Palash Ahom,ACS,magistrate and Jayanta Kumar Das,District coordinator, NCSC,Udalguri conducted the quiz at 11 am. The quiz competition was open for the students of class VII to class X level. A total of 10 (ten) teams from various schools of the district namely- JNV,Udalguri; Ramswarup Agarwalla Memorial English High School, Udalguri; Diamond English School,Udalguri; Arunodoi Academy, Tangla; Udalguri HS School; Udalguri Girls HS School; Sacret Heart School, Udalguri; Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya,Kalaigaon;LB Public School and Bholabari HS took part in the quiz competition.

The quiz competition had been a well fought contest with each participating teams scoring nearly equal marks.Two teams namely-Arunodoi Academy,Tangla and JNV. Kalaigaon scored equal marks at the end. The district administration decided to select the group leaders of both the teams for the state level meet. Accordingly,Upamanyoo Das of Arunodoi Academy,Tangla and Roshan Bhattarai of JNV,Kalaigaon will represent Udalguri in the All Assam quiz competition to be held at Kalakhetra Guwahati on August 19 under supervision of Assam Energy Development Agency,Guwahati and Bharat Jana Vigyan Jatha Guwahati.

I-Day Udalguri picture

Science Quiz in DCs conference hall

I-Day pics

Monday, August 16, 2010

I-Day celebrated in Udalguri district with science activities



The 64th I-Day of India was celebrated in various places of Udalguri district in Assam with gaiety.At Udalguri SS Meenakshi Sundaram,IAS,Deputy Commissioner of the district hoisted the national flag at DCs parade groung and took the salute of Army,police NCC and schools' march paste contingents.On the occasion he offered tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.Distinguished guests like Col.Sunil Upadhaya, AP Tiwari, IPS, Superintendent of police Udalguri attended the flag hoisting ceremony.A science model competition cum exhibition was also arranged at DCs parade ground where students from various places of the district namely-Udalguri,Tangla,Kalaigaon and Khoirabari etc displayed spectacular science models.Science model of Anupam Saharia and Manoj Sarma of JNV Kalaigaon won the first prize,while Nirankush Kashyap and Sajidur Rahman of Sacred Heart school,Udalguri;Upamanyoo Das of Kalaigaon won second and third places respectively.In the science quiz Roshan Kumar Bhattarai and Upamanyoo Das's team won first prize.

At Kalaigaon, Dina Moni Das,ACS,Circle Officer,Kalaigaon Revenue Circle hoisted the tricolor at Gandhi Bakori,before offering tribute to thousands of known and unknown people who had sacrificed their lives for the nation. Cultural events were also arranged on the occasion. At JNV (Jawahar Novodaya Vidyalaya), Kalaigaon,nonagenarian freedom fighter Pani Ram Das (95 years) hoisting the tricolor appealed people,particularly the students to study and follow Gandhi. Madhab Sarma,Principal JNV,Kalaigaon distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions. It needs mention that three distinguished persons of Kalaigaon namely-Mahendra Saikia,Karun Deka and child scientist Juriti Saharia had been awarded district excellence awards at the central I-Day programme at Udalguri.
At Tangla, DN Hazarika,ACS,Circle Officer,Harisinga Revenue Circle hoisted the national flag in presence of more than five thousand people. A record number of 21 teams,with more than 650 participants took part in march paste event. Santius Kunjur,EM,BTC; Bonjar Daimari,Deputy Speaker BTC also attended the independence day programme at Tangla where six distinguished persons headed by Ananta Bagh,were felicitated on the occasion for their service to the society.A tchuok ball match was played in the afternoon followed by cultural and drama activities in the evening.

At Sub-divisional HQ Bhergaon,SDO(civil) Debajyoti Dutta,ADC hoisted the tricolor in presence of thousands of people. Various sports and cultural events were organized on the occasion including a few dare devil activities like putting nails into own body by a local youth thrilled the spectators present.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I-Day feeling of a forgotten freedom fighter


Nation wide preparations to celebrate country's 64th I-Day with pomp and gaiety have been on everywhere. Ministers,high ranking civil and police officials have had a tough time to make the celebration a success. Far away from all these hectic activities, a 95 year old freedom fighter has other ideas in mind.He feels that their dream of a free and peaceful India had been shattered. He is sad at the loss of qualities like morality and dedication among the leaders for which they had sacrificed their prime youths 75 years back.

Pani Ram Das, one of the few renowned living freedom fighters of Assam,who had spend more than two years in British prison,now at the age of 95 years recounts his old days of struggle sitting in his Ashram at Kalaigaon. He was born in a poor family in Jajjali village in Darrang district on April 7 in 1917.Being a very sharp student he passed the matriculation examination in 1937 in first division from Calcutta university. Defying a brilliant personal career he joined freedom struggle to be send to British prison on several occasions. Pani Ram Das had a clear vision on his mission to make the nation free and prosperous. So he did not join politics like his colleagues and established an Ashram at Kalaigaon to work for poor and needy.
Pani Ram Das is now forgotten by the society.When asked his feeling on the occasion of I-Day he said with regret that sacrifice of thousands had ben forgotten by the country. People hardly understand the meaning of dedication and sacrifice not to speak of the significance of the Tricolor. He is sad when hears of the thousand corer scam; enhancement of the salary of the MLAs; frequent unnecessary foreign trip of the leaders; frequent bomb blasts at public places etc. He narrated a few examples of the past great leaders whose priority was peoples welfare only. In one such incident Sardar Ballav Bhai Patel (first home minister of India) had refused to attend a felicitation ceremony in USA,saying that he was busy with the people of India and could not spare time for the felicitation ceremony. On another occasion when Bimala Prasad Chaliha (CM of Assam) was seriously ill was advised by doctors to attend a hospital in USA for better treatment. Chaliha too refused the proposal on the ground that state financial position was not sound to support his trip.

Pani Ram Das is of the opinion that country is not safe at the hands of present day politicians. He appeals people to raise their voice against all kinds of violence and corruption practices. He concludes his comment with his favorite quotation :
“I seek neither kingdom nor Heaven nor even salvation;
I see the deliverance of afflicted from affliction”. -Najrul Islam