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Call to preserve Mamoni’s items

Nov. 29: A socio-cultural organisation today appealed to Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra to allot a room for preservation of mementoes and other valuable items of Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

Members of Hitakalpa said the South East Asia Ramayani Research Centre Nyash Samiti had requested Kalakshetra officials to allot a room on its premises to preserve the items of Goswami. The Kalakshetra, however, rejected the proposal because of space crunch.

Kalakshetra has a separate room, preserving and displaying various items of Bhupen Hazarika, which is one of its most-visited corners.

Assamese writers and Goswami’s fans today participated in a programme at Guwahati Press Club. It was organised by Hitakalpa to mark the first death anniversary of the writer.

Goswami had participated in four seminars — three on the Ramayan and one on Srimanta Sankardev— organised by Hitakalpa.

The executive director of Hitakalpa, Mihir Kumar Barua, said Goswami’s awards and mementos need proper preservation. He said burglars once attempted to steal these items from her home.

“The Nyash requested Kalakshetra for a separate room for Mamoni baideo (elder sister) two months ago which was turned down. Today, we appeal to the Kalakshetra to reconsider the request,” Barua said.

He said this year is the golden jubilee of Goswami’s literary career.

“She penned her first short story, Sinaki Morom, in 1962. She also published her first short story collection the same year,” Barua said.

Hitakalpa requested the state government to recommend Goswami’s name for Bharat Ratna. Barua also said that in association with South East Asia Ramayani Research Centre, they would soon organise a seminar in memory of Goswami.

Journalist Radhikamohan Bhagawati unveiled a bust of Goswami at Umakanta Chandrakanta Primary Health Centre at Amronga — the birthplace of the writer.

Goswami donated a huge amount of money she had received for Principal Prince Claus Award to build the health centre.

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