In 2003, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, bestowed the title of “Bihu Guru” upon Dr. Prashanna Gogoi, an artist of renown internationally.
The recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Puraskar awarded this year in honour of the nation’s 75th anniversary of independence has been revealed.
Gunindra Nath Oza, Ranjumani Saikia, Pranjal Saikia, Prasanna Gogoi, and Avinash Sharma from Assam have received the honour.
Gogoi was appointed to Spain during Vadya Darshan, an exhibition of Indian musical instruments, in University of Valladolid, Spain & conducted lecture-demonstrations on music and musical instrument crafting along with dances of Assam.
Gogoi has been recognised as an Ethnomusicologist and Master Craftsman in making musical instruments by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, in the year 2003.
Additionally, he choreographed the Bihu Dance, which featured 250 performers from the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, at the 2003 First Afro-Asian Games’ Opening Cultural Ceremony in Hyderabad, where the team was also named the Best Cultural Team by the Organizing Committee.