The state has lost spiritual guru Arun Goswami, pioneer of Assamese mobile theater Ratan Lahkar and litterateur Kamakhya Sabhapandit.
Arun Goswami, the founder of Krishnaguru Sewashram at Na-Satra near Sarthebari in lower Assam’s Barpeta district, who breathed his last on Sunday morning.
Goswami is known as ‘Krishnaguru’ among his followers in the ashram.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his mourning on the demise of Krishnaguru Ishwar Arun Goswami.
In a message Sonowal said that founded in the year 1974, Krishnaguru Sevashram ushered in a spiritual regeneration in Assam, North East, and the world as a whole.
“The spiritual leader set a fundamental moral ground for the advancement of the whole humanity. The Gurujona also played an emphatic role in unleashing intellectual values and integrating humanity as a whole through his teachings. Gurujona also played a great role in the development of education and hoped that the spiritual path shown by the Gurojona will help in setting a society based on high moral grounding,” Sonowal said in his message.
Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami also condoled the passing away of Krishnaguru and termed the demise as an irreparable loss to the society.
On the other hand, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also expressed his sadness on the demise of the spiritual guru and said that he was a great spiritual guru where large sections of society followed him, doing social service to humanity be it education and spiritual teachings and Assam has lost a great Guru.
Assam governor Banwarilal Purohit, state minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora also expressed their mourning on the demise of Arun Goswami.
On the other hand, the state lost a doyen of Assamese mobile theater Ratan Lahkar.
The harbinger of Assamese mobile theater passed away on Sunday noon after prolonged illness leaving the people of the state in shock.
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal condoled the death of Ratan Lahkar, a doyen of mobile theatre who breathed his last on Sunday.
In a message, Sonowal said that a theatre artiste, producer, director Ratan Lahkar rendered an exemplary role in the uplift of mobile theatre and used it as a tool to social change.
“Assuming an instrumental role in setting up of Kahinoor Theatre way back in 1976, his contributions towards the growth of mobile theatre will be remembered by everybody. Late Lahkar by staging Illiad, Odyssey, Ramayan, Mahabharat at Kohinoor Theatre, he gave a new twist to the world of mobile theatre. Late Ratan Lahkar also earned accolades from even the Hollywood for enacting Titanic on the stage. His death is bound to create a void in the cultural and intellectual arena of the State,” Sonowal said.
The Assam CM has also announced that the last rites of late Lahkar would be performed according full state honour.
Sonowal even paid a visit to Rabindra Bhavan and offered his rich tributes to the mortal remains of Ratan Lahkar and expressed his sympathy with the bereaved family of Late Lahkar.
Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Hrishikesh Goswami also mourned the death of Ratan Lahkar and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and termed the death of Ratan Lahkar an irreparable loss to the cultural world of the State.
Various organizations and individuals thronged his residence at Pathsala in Barpeta district to pay their last respect to the lifeless theatre personality.
The state also lost renowned writer Kamakhya Sabhapandit on Sunday moring.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)