Correspondent DOOMDOOMA, Dec 2 - The second annual conference of Tinsukia Zila Sahityasewi Mancha (TZSM) was held at the auditorium of Lions Club of Digboi on Sunday with a day-long programme.
Dignitaries releasing a book during the meet. – Photo: Abhijit Khataniar
The day’s programme began with the hoisting of TZSM flag by its president Sarifa Khatoon Chowdhury followed by smriti tarpan by the vice-president of the literary body, Nani Bordoloi.
The delegate session of the conference was chaired by the outgoing president of TZSM Sarifa Khatoon Chowdhury. The secretary of TZSM Atul Bordoloi presented the secretarial report of his tenure in the meeting. In this session, a new executive body of TZSM was formed with Atul Chandra Sharma as president, Sunil Gohain as working president, Nani Bordoloi as vice president, Sarat Chandra Chiring Phukan as secretary, Pallab Sharma as assistant secretary, Abhijit Khataniar as treasurer, Pranati Baruah as publication secretary and Diganta Borthakur as cultural secretary. The delegate session vehemently opposed the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and adopted a unanimous resolution in this regard.
The open session of the conference held in the afternoon was chaired by the newly-elected president of TZSM Atul Chandra Sharma. In his presidential address, Sharma dwelt at length on the aims and objectives of the literary body.
Inaugurating the open session, renowned litterateur and former president of Tinsukia Zila Sahitya Sabha Badan Sarma expressed the hope that TZSM would be able to play a positive role in creating new writers in the district and popularizing literature among the new generation.
Addressing the open session as the Chief Guest, eminent writer and a professor of Dibrugarh University Dr Satyakam Borthakur urged upon the litterateurs and intellectuals of the State to come forward to oppose the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. He said that if the Bill was passed, it would pose a great threat for the Assamese language, literature, culture and everything and therefore people of the State must oppose the Bill unitedly. Dr Borthakur also released the annual magazine of TZSM0, Monihar, edited by Sunil Gohain.
Delivering the Late Benudhar Neog Memorial Lecture on the topic, ‘Sahitya, Lekhak aru Parhuoi’, eminent author and former acting Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, Dr Madan Sharma said that literary organisations like TZSM could play a vital role in creating writers, readers and critics.
Eminent writers Punnya Saikia , Joykanta Gondhia, Horendra Nath Borthakur, Bhabani Changkakoti, Supriti Baruah, Dr Mrinal Kumar Gogoi, Birke Bahadur Thapa and several others participated in the open session.
The prizes of Late Benudhar Neog Memorial state-level short story contest and the drawing competition organised among the students were also distributed among the winners.
The proceedings of the open session was anchored by TZSM assistant secretary Pallab Sharma.