Assam : Musician , Lone Activist Kishore Giri passes away

Guwahati (Assam ), Oct 7 : You must have seen Musician Kishore Giri strumming the guitar on the streets of Guwahati and protesting on any issues plaguing the society.  For years this man who has been taking to the streets alone with his guitar passed away today .

He had his unique style of protest for any issue that used to touch his heart and would take on to the streets protesting alone . He never believed in collecting people or form any organisation as he always believed that voice of one person was enough to be heard .

For past two decades , he has been taking up issues which touched him . And he never gave a damn for what would be the consequences.

Giri organised protest programmes during the communal conflict in BTAD areas, serial blasts in 2008 and Dhemaji blast in 2004.

He held a solo protest against Ulfa during the 1990s.
He also protested against use of toy guns by the children .
Be it the death of nearly 100 women in “witch-hunt” since 2005, to the lynching of a student in Diphu for refusing to pay an auto-rickshaw driver excess fare, and twin lynching in Karbi Anglong, These are the issues which always touched Giri and he took to the streets protesting against them to create a consciousness.

He had once told this reporter that he did not take people with him as it would have led to a traffic jams. He believed in that one man was enough to carry the message to people .

Kishore Giri had also joined hands with the thousands who raised their voice against atrocities on women following the brutal rape in New Delhi.

Strumming the strings of his guitar and carrying a banner with the message — Do not harass women, they are our lovely mothers, sisters and daughters — in it, the singer went on a march in the city to make the voice against atrocities on women stronger.

During most of his lone marches , Giri sang the message in various tunes and attracted the attention of pedestrians.

His last campaign was for the Assamese movie ‘Village Rock Stars’ on Sept 28 last when Kishore Giri, in his inimitable style, hit the streets with an appeal to the people and government to help the film’s “Oscar mission with financial cooperation”, and  prompt people to buy tickets.

RIP. Lonely Crusader , Kishore Giri .

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