GUWAHATI, Feb 3 - The Assam Journalist and Literary Pensioners’ Association at its meeting held today conferred the title ‘Kabyaratna’ on eminent poet Anis-uz-Zaman in recognition of his contribution towards enrichment of modern Assamese poetry.
The association, at the meeting held under the presidentship of senior journalist DN Chakravartty, also conferred the ‘Sambad Ratna’ title on veteran journalist Jadu Kakati, who has rendered monumental services in upholding the cause of the Assamese people through his writings in the weekly and biweekly Agradoot, and also through his manifold contributions through different journals and newspapers during the last five decades.
Outgoing secretary Bimal Kumar Hazarika in his report, dwelt on the contributions of the association in creating general awareness about correct spelling, correct pronunciation and correct diction in spoken and written Assamese. He also mentioned the strenuous efforts made by the association towards strengthening the bond of unity among different linguistic groups of the State.
Congratulating Zaman, whose 68th birthday was celebrated today, former vice president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Kanak Chandra Sarma, Dr Satyendranath Goswami, Eli Ahmed, Nilakanta Sarma and Gunamoni Bora, referred to the new trend introduced by Zaman and the group of his fellow poets in generating a new climate of social consciousness and commitment for universal welfare.
Zaman, while appreciating the noble gesture of the association in conferring on him the title ‘Kabyaratna’, stressed the need for the new band of Assamese poets to draw inspiration from the poets of earlier generations to enrich their sphere of experience.
Illustrating his points, Zaman said that while the earlier band of Assamese poets such as Chandra Kumar Agarwala and Hemchandra Goswami drew inspiration from great poets like Madhabdev, similarly the succeeding streams of Assamese poets like Hem Baruah, Devakanta Baruah, Navakanta Baruah, Keshav Mahanta, Bhaben Baruah and Nilamani Phukan expanded their intellectual horizons by getting themselves immersed in the vast and abiding contributions and observations of the earlier group of poets.
Zaman, who had full faith in the competence of the younger generation of Assamese poets, expressed the hope that Assamese poetry in the coming days would witness fantastic advancement through the perseverance, profound sympathy and creative imagination of the younger generation of poets.
Prafulla Pran Mahanta, while taking over charge as the association’s general secretary, voiced optimism that the association would be able to carry the message of Assam’s literary resurgence to every nook and corner. He also appealed to all the 500-odd literary pensioners to enlist themselves as active members of the association.