‘Assam Association of the Deaf’ (AAD) celebrated its ‘64th International Day of Sign Language for the Deaf People’ from September 20-26 under the guidance of AAD vice president Swarnalata Pegu and AAD secretary Tapan Kumar Sarma, who is also president of All India Federation of the Deaf.

Day 1 started with an awareness camp and a workshop on sign language, held at the Police Reserve, Paltan Bazar, in the company of Assam Police personnel.

This was followed by seminars onon the importance of sign language, held the next two days at Nalbari and Barpeta. A street rally was conducted on September 23, starting from North East College of Hearing Impaired, Birubari, to the Directorate of Archaeology, Ambari Archaeological Site in Guwahati.

The association also held a press meeting at the Guwahati Press Club, focusing on popularising sign language among the civil society with an aim to maintain good relations with them.

Various programmes were organised including a workshop on translating the famous Jatiya Sangeet ‘O MUR APUNAR DEKH’ into sign language, a marathon race flagged off by athlete Kushal Lahon, a seminar on the importance of AIDS and HIV, and a free health camp where medicines were given free of cost.

Host Pranab Kumar Sarma of the AAD wrapped up the programme at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Uzanbazar, by organising various competitions for the deaf participants followed by cultural activities and prize distribution ceremony.

Assam DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta was the chief guest at the event besides contemporary artist Anupam Saikia, Gauhati University Professor Mintu Bhattacharjee and senior journalist and social activist Adip Kumar Phukan.

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