Bishnu Rabha, known as ‘Kala Guru’ Bishnu Prasad Rabha (1909-1969) was paid rich tribute on his death anniversary on 20th June.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi were among many prominent personalities of Assam who paid tribute to him, in a function held here, in which the Bishnu Rabha Awards 2010 were presented.
Bishnu Rabha was a very talented person who contributed immensely to Assamese culture, music. Many people believe he is one of Assamese people who pioneered ‘independent Assam’ concept with his famous dialogue on 15 August, 1947 ‘Yeh azzadi Jhutha hain’. He was a member of Revolutionary Communist Party of India (RCPI) and remained so.
His work Bano Kobang is a masterpiece which contains valuable information about ethnic groups of Asom. His other works include Mising Coneng, Sonpahi, Axomiya Kristir Samuh Abhash, and Atit Asom. His interest for the upliftment of the weaker section of society is visible in his works. But these works did not get much accolade as his works received.Bishnu Prasad Rabha was an eminent freedom fighter. His meaning of freedom however is not simply freedom from British rule. But it meant freedom from poverty and all social evils. He dedicated his entire life for the freedom movement. He even donated an estate of 2500 bigha land in favour of tenants.The present day Tezpur University stands upon the land donated by him.