GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - Tributes were paid to poet Raghunath Choudhury and linguist-educationist Dr Banikanta Kakati at a meeting held on the occasion of their death anniversaries at the Satyanath Bora Bhawan here on Sunday.
Oriental scholar Dr Banikanta Sarma presided over the meeting.
Inaugurating the meeting, senior journalist and former president of Sabita Sabha DN Chakravartty made an extensive elaboration on the poetic genius and organising skill of Raghunath Choudhury who, in spite of his physical frailty, could shoulder so many responsibilities – both for his family and for the greater cause of Assamese language and literature.
A harbinger of modern Assamese poetry, Choudhury, while singing the glory and grandeur of Nature in Assam resplendent in the sweet chirps of the birds, beauty of the varied flowers in full bloom, found hidden in them the majesty of the unseen creator.
“In his beautiful poems like Bohagir Biya, Goahe Ebar Mor Priyo Bihangini, Golap, and Dohikatara, Choudhury portrayed the beauty of Nature while captivating the readers with his poems like Taj Mahal where he waxed eloquent on the sublimity of divine love, Chakravartty said.
Narrating the intellectual brilliance of Dr Kakati, Chakravartty said that he was the most outstanding Assamese modern critic next only to Lakshminath Bezbaroa. “His thesis on the origin and development of Assamese language and literature would go down in literary history as the boldest assertion of the distinct identity and majesty of Assamese language and literature,” he added.
Hirendranath Sarma, retired judge of the Gauhati High Court, dwelt on the life and achievements of Dr Kakati and his struggle during his student days.
Appointed speaker Prof Upendranath Sarma spoke on the academic excellence and literary achievements of Dr Kakati. He said Dr Kakati who was one of the most brilliant students of Calcutta University, earned accolades from a person none other than Dr Suniti Kumar Chatterjee.
“Dr Kakati was the prophet and philosopher of the resurgence of modern Assamese literary thinking,” he said.
Dr Banikanta Sarma in his presidential remarks said that the Assamese community would ever remain grateful to Raghunath Choudhury and Dr Banikanta Kakati for their great literary contributions.