HAILAKANDI, March 21 – The four-day-long 25th biennial conference of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya and Sanskriti Sanmilan concluded here on Monday, with the passage of various resolutions in the concluding session of the meet.
It mainly demanded the constitution of an autonomous economic development council for Barak Valley. The resolutions adopted included constitution of a separate Translation board for the benefit of different linguistic minority communities of the country, early completion of ongoing Silchar-Lumding broadgauge conversion work and Silchar-Saurastra Rastriya Mahasadak construction, inclusion of the representative of Barak Valley in the ULFA-Government peace talks, inclusion of Barak Valley in the Indo-Bangla transit route etc.
The open session was presided over by the president of the central committee of the Sanmilan, Nitish Bhattacharjee. Attended by eminent Bengali writer Bhagirath Mishra, it was also addressed by the editor of Samayik Prasanga, Taimur Raja Choudhury, veteran lawyer Abdul Basit Choudhury, Nilkantha Singha, veteran cultural activist and journalist of Tripura, Jyotirmoy Roy, vice president of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Surya Kumar Sharma, among others. Four awards were also given away to the eminent persons of the valley. Bhubaneswar Bachaspati award was given away to Abdul Basit Choudhury for his contribution towards mother tongue preservation movement while poet Anurupa Biswas award was given to Sahitya Akademy award winner Nilkantha Singha.
Bhasa Academy award was given to veteran historian and former vice chancellor of Assam University, Dr Jayanta Bhusan Bhattacharjee and Ramkumar Nandi Mazumdar award was given to veteran dramatist Mrinal Kanti Dutta Biswas. Certificates and citations were also given to the three winners of Northeast level one act Bengali play script writing competitions. The winners were Satananda Bhattacharjee of Hailakandi, Anuradha Sengupta of Silchar and Ashutosh Das of Hailakandi. Some books published by the sanmilan were also released on the occasion and the souvenir of the conference was also released in the open session.
Earlier, a seminar on sambadsahitya was held and it was addressed by the chairman of Dainik Jugasankha Group, Bijoy Krishna Nath, associate editor of Dainik Janakantha, Haran Dey, editor of Dibakar, Abul Kalam Mazumdar, editor of Dainik Jugasankha, Arijit Aditya, former vice chancellor of Assam University, Dr Tapadhir Bhattacharjee, Ashoke Duttagupta, Hilal Uddin Laskar, Dr Tirthankar Das Purkayastha, Bijoy Kumar Dhar, Bhagirath Mishra among others. It was conducted by Nitish Bhattacharjee.
A literary meet and a multi lingual poets’ meet were also organised on the occasion. These sessions were conducted by Brojendra Kumar Sinha, Dibyendu Bhattacharjee and Ashutosh Das. Sishumele and cultural programmes were also held on the occasion.
Eminent Rabindra Sangeet singer of Kolkata, Pubali Mukherjee enthralled the audience, at a well-attended cultural programme where the main attraction was the performance of folk songs. On March 15 the conference was inaugurated by noted Bengali actress of yesteryears, Madhavi Mukhapadhyay.