GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - Tributes were paid to author, thinker and educationist Dr Jogendra Narayan Bhuyan at a function held recently at the Kanaklal Baruah auditorium of the Assam State Museum on the occasion of his 88th birth anniversary.
The function was presided over by DN Chakravartty, vice president of the Dr JN Bhuyan Memorial Trust, in the absence of trust president Dr Nagen Saikia.
Delivering the memorial lecture on the occasion, Prof Upen Rabha Hakasam of Gauhati University spoke on Hemchandra Goswami and his contributions towards Assamese literature.
In his speech that largely dwelt on the renaissance of Assamese literature in the 19th century, Prof Hakasam narrated the various developments of the times when the Assamese language was languishing due to the massive impact of Bengali language and literature following the onset of the British administration in Assam.
He said Goswami was among the galaxy of brilliant Assamese writers and thinkers who pioneered the great movement towards the resurgence and re-establishment of the glory and status of the Assamese language not only as the medium in the courts and schools but also as the vehicle for regeneration of Assamese literature and culture.
Prof Hakasam said Goswami undertook the Herculean task of literally digging Hemchandra Baruah’s immortal lexicon from the debris of the buildings in Shillong devastated by the earthquake of 1897.
He recalled the great contributions of Goswami as editor of the Assamese lexicon Hemkosh and also as author of Asomiya Sahityar Saneki in six volumes.
“It was due to the efforts of Goswami that the then Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee acknowledged the distinctness of the Assamese language and introduced Assamese as a subject for MA courses,” Prof Hakasam added.
He also referred to the contributions made by Goswami in helping Sir Edward Gait in writing the first authoritative book on the history of Assam. Mayur Bora and Dr Prafulla Nath also took part in the discussion.
Chakravartty, in his presidential address, recalled the rich literary contributions of Dr Bhuyan and described him as an ideal teacher and a great lover of Assamese language and literature. He spoke on the contributions of Goswami as a poet and as a pioneer of the Assamese renaissance of 19th century. Earlier, Aradhana Bora, secretary of the trust, gave the welcome speech.