DERGAON, Jan 11 - “An editor can create a writer. When a young talent writes something, the editor can lead him or her in a proper way. A language is always enriched in the written form alone,” stated noted writer and this year’s Sahitya Akademi Award recipient in Assamese Jayanta Madhav Bora while acknowledging the felicitation accorded to him at his native place in a function held at Marwari Panchayat Dharamsala here today.
“I was born in a rural place (Kakodonga Kamarkhatowal) and so I can depict the real picture of rural livelihood in my writings as my life is enriched with rural experiences,” Bora added. He also revealed that he became a writer after being encouraged by noted editor Santanu Tamuly to write in his magazine. Bora also expressed his gratitude over receiving the Akademi award for his novel, Mariahola. He said that he had to devote several years to writing the novel.
The felicitation programme was organised by the Dergaon Sahitya Sabha (DSS). It was chaired by the president of DSS, Nurul Sultan, and moderated by the secretary of the body, Bichitra Bhusan Kalita.
Several organisations and individuals feted Bora for getting the Akademi award. Earlier, the function was inaugurated by the principal of DKD College, Dr Ranjit Kumar Bordoloi. Writer Santanu Tamuly addressed the meeting as the distinguished guest. In his speech, he spoke on a few details of the novel, Mariahola, and termed it as a mirror to rural Assam.
The meeting was attended by Bora’s father, Durgadhar Bora, brothers Hemanta Madhav Bora and Prasanta Madhav Bora, his wife and children. Noted social worker Atul Goswami and the newly-elected president of Golaghat District Sahitya Sabha, Surendra Mohan Hazarika, were among the invited guests.