Legendary Lachit’s birth anniversary celebrated at ICCR

Tribute being paid to War Hero Lachit Barphukan by dignitaries at ICCR Jammu on Thursday.
Tribute being paid to War Hero Lachit Barphukan by dignitaries at ICCR Jammu on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 24: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), GoI, Regional Office J&K and Ladakh celebrated 400th ‘Birth Anniversary’ of Assamees’s great battle hero-Lachit Barphukan with high degree of enthusiasm and interest, here today.
On this auspicious occasion, the Office also organised cultural events in his memory and on his life by Shaksham Academy Group and spread special awareness about his glorious patriotism, heroics and history among the youth and masses of the nation.
The valiant fighter was born on 24th November 1622 at Charaides in Assam. His father was Momai Barbaruah, a top ranking officer under Ahom King, Chakradhwaj Singh. The Ahom king appointed Lachit as a commander Army and Barphukan (Minister/ Councillor), in the Ahom kingdom, located in Assam.
He was known for his astute leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat that foiled a drawn-out attempt by Mughal forces under the command of Ram Singh-I to take over Ahom kingdom. He died on April 25, 1672 due to illness.
The programme started with paying homage to the legend by Regional Director ICCR & Regional Passport Officer and other dignitaries present there. After that, the artists, guests and participants were also cordially felicitated by the Regional Director with the bouquets.
The Regional Director iterated that they are the builders of the society and nation and also urged them to continue to shoulder the onerous onus of persistently trying to impart quality and value-based education to the students and ensure their holistic development to usher in a new era.
The cultural programme captivated the audience by their versatile performance. The group includes choreographer Suksham, artists-Guleria, Priya, Damini, Vishal, Mahima, Amit, singers-Radika, Shiva, Chetan Singh, and Muna Rao.
The anchoring was done by Mamta from the Office. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Reena Slathia, Cultural Officer ICCR Jammu.