KOLIABOR, Jan 19 – With the 73rd session of the State’s apex literary body, ‘Asam Sahitya Sabha’ scheduled to be held at Pandit Atma Ram Sarma Samannoi Setra, (Mouchanda Pathar) here in Koliabor, some 25 km away from Tezpur, with a five- day-long programme from January 31 knocking at the doors, people from every walk of life in the greater Koliabor area, are busy in completing all arrangements for the long-cherished session of the State’s most prestigious literary body.
Interacting with this correspondent, the general secretary of the organising committee, Mrinal Hazarika, said that the mission and vision of the Koliabor session of the Sabha is to begin a new revolution to inculcate a true literary environment by clearing all controversies often raised in the platform of the literary body. “We are giving priority to pass a message of brotherhood and communal bond among members of every community from the Koliabor session; so that the region that has remained a disturbed zone over the years, following a numbers of ethnic misunderstandings, could become a peaceful place for one and all.”
Hazarika added that altogether 10 books of different prominent writers would be released. Another special feature of this session is that along with the dignitaries, all the ex-presidents, Chief Minister, Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, Power Minister, Pradyut Bordoloi, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, noted litterateur of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Yese Dorzee Thangshi are expected to grace the event.
The secretary of the media cell, Mantu Baruah stated that the first day’s programme will begin from 8.30 am with illumination of lamp and paalnaam, at the Koliabor Ek Saran Bhagawati Samaj naamghar. Among the major events of the first day are inauguration of the Lakshminath Bezbaroa memorial main gate by the Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, Prof Mihir Kanti Chowdhury, inauguration of zonal office of the Asam Sahitya Sabha by Dr Hiranya Kumar Chaliha, Principal, Koliabor College, inauguration of book fair by the Vice Chancellor, Sankardeva University, Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, inauguration of exhibition by the PWD Minister, Ajanta Neog, inauguration of trade fair by Bibekananda Doley, Legislative Secretary, Government of Assam, inauguration of Padmanath Gohain Baruah Memorial main pandal by the GOC, 4 corps, Tezpur, Lt General Sarath Chand, unveiling of Mula Gabharu memorial tomb at Hatbar by the president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Imran Shah etc.
The programme on February 1 will begin with a plantation programme at the venue at 8.30 am by the District Forest Officer, Amal Sarma which will be followed by delegates’ registration, release of souvenir of the celebration committee and ten other books. The book release session will be graced by the VC, KK Handique Open University, Assam, Srinath Baruah, litterateur, Dr Ramesh Pathak and Kula Saikia among others. At 11 am, the ‘Asam Sahitya Utsab’ will be held at the main pandal on the topic ‘State language of Assam and indigenous mother tongue: it’s extinct position and future’. This will be inaugurated by the Governor of Assam, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya and attended by the noted scholar of folk culture, Dr Nabin Chandra Sarma among others. At 1 pm, the delegates meeting will be held at the Koliabor Freedom Fighter Memorial Bhawan premises. This will be followed by a cultural function at 7 pm.
On February 3, the day’s programmes will begin with the unfurling of the Asam Sahitya Sabha flag by the president, Imran Shah at 8.30 am and it will be followed by paying of tributes, children and youths’ meet (Kuhi), writers’ and artists’ meet, Youth Assembly (A book fair platform), women writers’-artists’ meet (Akash), cultural programme etc. On the same day, a symposium will be held on the topic, ‘Unicode and Assamese language: threat and probability’, which will be inaugurated by the Pro-VC, Tezpur University, Dr Amarjyoti Chowdhury. At 11 am, a cultural procession will be taken out with the new president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha. This will be followed by Hem Baruah memorial first open session to be presided over by the new president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora and to be graced by Sahitya Akademi Award winner, and noted Urdu litterateur Shiv Kishan alias Sheen Kaaf Nizam, and all the ex-presidents of the sabha. At 4 pm, poet Debakanta Baruah memorial poet’s meet will be held which will be followed by the Girikanta Memorial Cultural function at 7 pm. On the last day of the programme that is on February 4, the Liladhar Bora Memorial History Meet will be held in the morning to be followed by a meet on the topic, ‘Guru-Sishya tradition and Indian Philosophy’, Dr Maheswar Neog Memorial lecture, the second part of the open session, special felicitation programme, and closing ceremony and cultural night etc.
Mantu Baruah has appealed to all concerned to extend their helping hands to make the mega event a grand success. He further said that the entire will entail an expenditure of Rs 2.5 crore . “ Nearly 200 people have been engaged to carry out the works of making the pandal, gate, shed for book fair, trade fair etc. We are hopeful that by January 28, they will hand over the area to the organising committee.