The 71st session of Asam Sahitya Sabha will get under way at the Hemchandra Baruah Kshetra in Dergaon, Assam. Asom Sahitya Sabha was founded in 1917 to promote the culture of Assam and Assamese literature.
According to Dr Parag Thakur, general secretary of the reception committee, the main pandal for the session measuring 45,000 square feet has been erected at the Hemchandra Baruah Khsetra at the historic Rajabahar. A dining hall having a capacity to accommodate 2000 people has also been built. A total of 185 bookstalls have been set up at the book fair site. Similarly, 200 stalls each for the trade fair and the exhibition etc have also been completed.
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Delegates camps have also been kept ready. The camps have been arranged at DKD College, Dergaon HS School, Dergaon Girls’ HS school, Indranee Devi HS School, Kuralguri HS School, Dergaon Town High School, Dergaon Basic Training Centre and Amar Sarmah Girls’ High School. The Marwary Dharamshala and Golaghat Circuit House have also been readied.
The brief program for this 71st session as follows :-
The session will start at 8 am on February 1 with the plantation of saplings by Kanak Sarmah, vice-president of Asam Sahitya Sabha. It will be followed by registration of delegates’ names, unveiling of the memorial pillar, inauguration of art mela, opening of a book fair by Imran Shah, inauguration of an exhibition by Ajanta Neog, and inauguration of the trade fair by Kashi Nath Hazarika. The souvenir Disoi-daria, edited by Sarat Rana Bora and Gunin Sarmah, will be released by Gautam Bora.
The ‘Matri Bhasa’ conferrence will be held at 12.30 pm. The delegates’ camps will be opened by Debo Kumar Borah, press adviser to the State Chief Minister.
In the evening, the ‘Ganesh Pegu and Kamini Narzary memorial cultural nite’ will be inaugurated by Dulal Roy.
On February 2, the Sabha flag will be hoisted by Sabha president Rong Bong Terang. Another seventy one flags will be hoisted simultaneousely. This will be followed by smriti tarpan, which will be initiated by Dr Krishna Kr Mishra. The inauguration of namghar will be done by Dr Naren Kalita.
A programme named ‘Ramdhenu’, which will be ianugurated by Yese Dorje Thongsi, will be chaired by Manikuntal Bhattacharya. The programme ‘Akash’ will be inaugurated by Dr Rita Choudhury and it will be chaired by Anuradha Sarmah Pujari. A Darsan Sanmilan will be held in the evening.
The Rekibuddin Ahmed, Dr Upen Kakoti and Amar Sarmah memorial cultural nite will be held in the evening, which will be inaugurated by Jatin Goswami.
On February 3, a cultural procession will be taken out with Rong Bong Terang, which will be flagged off by Dr Sarat Phukan.
In the afternoon the first open session will be held, which will be presided over by Terang and inaugurated by Ratan Singh while Alok Ranjan Dasgupta will be the chief guest. In the meeting, Satish Kaleskar and P Jakaria will be the invited guests.
The Rajen Pam and Mohan Bhaira memorial cultural nite will be held in the evening.
Source : Assam Tribune