| Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita speaks at the open session in Dhubri on Friday. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, Jan. 17: An open session was organised at the Asam Sahitya Sabha Bhawan here to commemorate Jyoti Diwas, the death anniversary of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.
Speaking at the event, Imran Shah, president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, said Agarwala had shown the path on how different communities could be assimilated into the mainstream of Assamese society.
Agarwala’s family had come to Assam four generations before the icon. They not only accepted Assamese culture and language but also left behind a great legacy in the spheres of art, culture and language, Shah said. “We should follow the path shown by him and spread his message of unity among the various communities living in Assam. But the path he had shown is yet to be adopted by many communities living in Assam.”
Shah spoke at a length on Agarwala’s unique poetic style of writing and said that it would not be wrong to call this style of writing Jyoti chhanda (rhyme), as it was totally different from other writings.
Sabha vice-president Paramananda Rajbongshi said enough couldn’t be said about Agarwala’s contribution to Assamese culture.
“The multifaceted works of Agarwala, which enriched Assamese culture and language will remain as treasures and precious possession for generations to come,” Rajbongshi said.
Inaugurating the session, Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita expressed fears over the way Assamese was being downplayed in the state. “I appeal to Asam Sahitya Sabha to look into this and do the needful, as the upcoming generation is devoid of knowledge of Assamese and about those who contributed immensely to its growth.”
He also pledged to build parks in memory of Bhupen Hazarika and Padmashree Pratima Barua Pandey.
The Sabha president also launched a book — Bonojyotsant Seuj Andhakar. Former Sabha vice-president Pachu Gopal Chakraborty has translated it from the original Bengali book, Bonojyotsnai Sabuj Andhakar, by Buddhadeb Guha.
Shah also unveiled a collection of poems, Kabitar Ghar Sansa, written by Rubi Kana Choudhury.
The session was also addressed by Sabha general secretary Prahlad Tasa and president of the Sabha’s Dhubri unit, Giasuddin Ahmed.