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Gogoi releases Mamoni swansong
- ASOM RATNA to be conferred on writer posthumously

Nov. 14: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi released Mamoni Raisom Goswami’s last book, Xohosro Bahu, this morning at Rabindra Bhawan in the presence of fans and followers of the writer, at a programme held to celebrate her birth anniversary.

The programme was jointly organised by the cultural affairs department of the state government and South East Asia Ramayana Research Institute (SEARRI), a centre set up by Goswami a few years ago, to carry on with the research of Ramayan, on which she had excelled.

The book comprises seven short stories, seven articles and four poems, which had been published in different magazines and newspapers.

Hemanta Kumar Bharali, who published a collection of Goswami’s works during her lifetime, collected the write-ups for Xohosro Bahu.

Releasing the book, Gogoi said he considered himself fortunate that an individual of Goswami’s calibre was born in Assam.

He said the state would be grateful to Goswami for her valuable contribution to Assamese literature and education and for spreading message of social reformation.

Gogoi said the state government would honour Goswami with the Asom Ratna award posthumously.

The government announced the award to Goswami in February last year, but she passed away before the award could be handed over to her.

The chief minister said he wanted the new generation of the state to be guided by the principles of the Ramayan and was hopeful that it would help them to refrain from inclining towards violence and also promised help for the development of the research institute.

Writer Kanaksen Deka said Goswami could be taken as a role model by the new generation, although she attempted suicide several times because of her personal tragedies. However, later she overcame these tragedies.

“We would have lost so much, if she had committed suicide,” Deka said.

The writer said, “Goswami decided to write novels on different indigenous communities of the state. However, her dreams remained unfulfilled, as she passed away shortly after completing her novel on a Bodo lady.”

In the programme, the awards for an essay competition, organised among the youths and students on the life and works of Goswami, were also given away.

Himashree Buragohain from Khowang Higher Secondary School in Dibrugarh district and Rodali Chetia from Sivasagar Girls’ College jointly won the first prize.

Actor Brajen Bora, who has made a biographical short film on Goswami called Living Legend, recited a poem as a tribute to the writer and recalled how he met Goswami as a teacher when he was a student of Sainik School in Goalpara.


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