GUWAHATI, Nov 29 – A statue of Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami was unveiled on her first death anniversary today at her birthplace Amronga in Kamrup district. The village recalled the contribution of the Jnanpith winner and lit earthen lamps as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
The occasion was observed by the Mamoni Raisom Goswami Smriti Raksha Committee with a day long activities which culminated with a naam prasanga and lighting of earthen lamps by all the households in the village.
Beginning with a prabhat ferry, the occasion saw unveiling of the statue by editor of Dainik Asam Radhika Mohan Bhagawati followed by an all-faith prayer meet.
Bhagawati in his speech touched on the spirit of humanism running high in all the works of Mamoni Raisom Goswami that brought her closer to readers not only in Assam but across the country.
“The spectacular trait in the writings of Dr Goswami was her emphasis on the life of the oppressed people and the labourers and neglected women. She will be remembered for ever for her love for humanity,” said Bhagawati adding that the statue of the writer unveiled today will always speak of her ideals.
Bhagawati, referring to the thematic variation in the works of Mamoni Raisom Goswami, said that she skillfully handled regional subjects giving them a universal appeal. He observed that whatever the writer depicted was loved by the readers because they exploited every nook and corner of the human mind and heart.
Bhagawati urged the young people who had gathered in large numbers to pay tribute to the writer to imbibe her ideals and serve humanity.
A memorial meeting presided over by Jayanta Goswami, president of Mamoni Raisom Goswami Smriti Raksha Committee, remembered the life and contribution of the writer who always encouraged the youth.
MP and vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bijoya Chakravorty, who was present at the function, also reminisced her association with the writer.