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Guwahati to host Sabha session after 58 years

- 3-day meet from Feb. 1-3 at Khanapara

Guwahati, Jan. 2: Guwahati will host a session of Asam Sahitya Sabha after a gap of 58 years, with a three-day programme next month.

The session will be held at the playground of Assam College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara from February 1 to 3. The site of the proposed Bhupen Hazarika Cultural University at Chachal would also be used for the occasion. Many eminent literary personalities from the Northeast will grace the occasion. Guwahati had hosted Sabha sessions in 1924, 1937 and 1955, presided over by scholar Krishnakanta Handiqui, poet Jatindranath Duarah and dramatist Atul Chandra Hazarika respectively.

Under the initiative of Kamrup district Sahitya Sabha, various Kamrup district branches have been working tirelessly from June last year to hold the session in a grand manner. They have formed 25 sub-committees, besides the main one with members of 52 Kamrup district committees.

The organisers are hopeful of receiving at least three lakh visitors at the session. A book fair and an exhibition will be held from January 31 to February 5 at Khanapara.

“Performance of bhaona for three days will be one of the attractions of the session. Mukha (mask) bhaona of Majuli will be given special importance,” said Ranjan Borthakur, general secretary of the reception committee. “Sabha president Imran Shah will hoist the Sabha’s flag at the site of Bhupen Hazarika Cultural University at 9am on February 1. Author and Union minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor will formally inaugurate the session at the playground of Assam College of Veterinary Science,” said Paramananda Rajbongshi, vice-president of the Sabha. The organisers said former presidents, vice-presidents, general secretaries of the Sabha and presidents of sahitya sabhas of other linguistic communities like Bodo, Rabha, Deori and Karbi will be present at the session. Besides, leaders of various youth organisations and political parties have been invited to the session as well.

Financial constraints have forced the organisers to reduce its budget from Rs 4 crore to Rs 3 crore. The Sabha has decided to name the session venue after litterateur Lakshminath Bezbaroa, and the main pandal after poet Ambikagiri Raichoudhury.

Rajbongshi said an executive meeting of the Sabha on February 1 would discuss non-implementation of Assam Official Language Act.

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