UDALGURI, Nov 16 – “A literature reaches its heights when its best works are translated into other languages. In the process, the unity and harmony among various linguistic groups also gets glorified,” stated Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri district and author of a number of books in Assamese, while inaugurating the open session of the 60th foundation day of Bodo Sahitya Sabha organized by Udalguri primary unit of the premier literary organization at Harimu Bhawan here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Malakar observed that since the Bodo language has reached various milestones and has to go through stages of development like other languages, the writers of this language should endeavour to translate more and more literary works into Bodo language to facilitate translation of Bodo literary works into other languages.
Speaking as the chief guest, Kamala Kanta Mochahary, general secretary of the literary organization, said that the Bodo language is one of the resourceful languages in India. After its recognition in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, the responsibilities of the scholars and litterateurs have increased to make it more universal. The Bodo Sahitya Sabha has been rendering a yeoman’s service to widen the scope of studies of this language with more and more research activities in the university level, he added.
The open session was also addressed by Gohin Ch Boro, an educationist of Udalguri district, and Dhiren Boro, chairman of NDFB (P).
Sailendra Nath Brahma, retired Principal of Udalguri College, Sarat Ch Basumatary, social worker, Rajendra Basumatary, teacher, and Ananda Ramchiary, retired teacher, were felicitated on the occasion by the Udalguri Bodo Sahitya Sabha for their contribution to the Sabha, in the open session chaired by Badan Daimari, president of Udalguri Bodo Sahitya Sabha.
Earlier in the morning session, the BSS flag was hoisted by Badan Daimari, followed by homage to martyrs by Gobinda Basumatary, general secretary of NDFB (Progressive). Nila Kanta Goyary, president of Udalguri District Bodo Sahitya Sabha, released the mouthpiece Odalgudi edited by Samar Singh Basumatary.
The two-day foundation day programme started on November 15 with competitions like poetry recitation, on-the-spot essay writing, drawing, quiz, etc. The prizes were later distributed to the winners.
Our Tezpur Correspondent adds: The 18 local units of Bodo Sahitya Sabha in Sonitpur district have observed its foundation day. During the celebrations, several members of the Sabha expressed dissatisfaction at the lack of proper recognition of the Bodo language, although it was included in the Eighth Schedule way back in 2004.