Jammu: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, Regional Office, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh celebrated 400th Birth Anniversary of Assamees’s great battle hero Lachit Barphukan on Thursday at RO Jammu with enthusiasm.
A cultural program was also organized in his memory and on his life by Shaksham Academy Group, besides spread special awareness about his glorious patriotism, heroics and history was also held.
The valiant fighter was born on 24th November 1622 at Charaides in Assam. His father Momai Barbaruah, was a top ranking officer under Ahom King, Chakradhwaj Singh.
The Ahom King appointed Lachit as a commander Army and Barphukan (Minister/Councilor), in the Ahom Kingdom, located in present-day Assam, India. He was known for his wise leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat that foiled a drawn-out attempt by Mughal forces under the command of Ramsingh to take over Ahom Kingdom. He died on 25 April 1672.
The programme started with garlanding the portrait of the brave hero, Lachit Barphukan and paying homage to the legend by Regional Director ICCR & Regional Passport Officer and other dignitaries.
The artists, guests and participants were also cordially felicitated by Regional Director, ICCR, Jammu. A galaxy of audience enthusiastically witnessed the mega function. The presentation was the magnificent reflection of splendid heroics and life of the iconic soldier by familiarizing the young generations.
While addressing the audience, he asserted 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.
ICCR seeks to enhance its soft diplomatic power and skills through cultural and educational initiatives. It also works to promote art and culture, he added. The program ended with a note of thanks by Reena Slathia, Cultural Officer, ICCR Jammu.