GUWAHATI, Feb 9 - “All writers are committed to human welfare. Whatever thoughts they pen down, touch the human conscience and contribute to development of society,” said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while inaugurating the third edition of the Brahmaputra Literary Festival (BLF) at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here today.
Sonowal in his speech stated that the BLF is a big opportunity for the youths of the State and interaction with the acclaimed writers would not only broaden their horizon, but would also lead them towards a meaningful life.
The BLF, organised independently by Publication Board of Assam under the guidance of the State education department, has put special focus on ASEAN literature. Celebrated authors from 10 ASEAN countries as well as writers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sri Lanka, Tibet etc., are participating in this festival.
Attending the function, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharjya in his speech highlighted the universality of human feelings which go beyond geographical barriers. He further said that with invention of the printing press, human feelings received a major shot in the arm and underscored the rich heritage of oral literature of India.
Dr Ma Thida, eminent author from Myanmar and guest of honour on the occasion, in her speech underscored the importance of freedom of imagination, speech and opinion. She said that literature doesn’t have any race and the freedom it requires for promoting better human society must be respected.
The Myanmar writer further said that progress of literature doesn’t depend on writers alone. The readers also have an important role to play in keeping the art of writing moving forward. She said that during her dissident days, literature was the only window through which she could connect with the world.