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Lakshminath Bezbaroa House to be Smriti Griha.

GUWAHATI (Aug 2014)

Assam has contacted Odisha for the purpose of construction of a smriti griha at the historic residence of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa at Sambalpur. Minister for Cultural Affairs Pranati Phukan said in the Legislative Assembly today that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had written to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik in June last year requesting taking over of the house.
Recently, the Cultural Affairs Department has also sent a memorandum in this regard to the Revenue Secretary of Odisha. Phukan made the statement after Asom Gana Parishad MLA and former Chief Minister PK Mahanta raised the issue of the Sambalpur residence of Bezbaroa during the Zero Hour citing a media report in a vernacular newspaper.
Mahanta said that as per the report, the Sambalpur house is in a bad state and its condition is likely to worsen when a proposed bridge over the Mahanadi River is constructed. He said the Assam government should take immediate steps to build a museum in the memory of Bezbaroa and convert it into a tourist place.
He also called upon the government to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Bezbaroa in a grand way and demanded that action should be taken to preserve his work and ideas for the future generation, including translation of his works, establishing centres in the name of the great literary figure at all districts across India, having a grand statue of him in New Delhi and a train in his name. In her reply, Phukan said the State government has been making efforts since the past many years to convert his residence at Sambalpur into a smriti griha.
Phukan said Governor JB Patnaik has also taken an active role to accomplish this task. She added that the State government is determined to celebrate Bezbaroa's 150th anniversary in a grand style and added that various steps have been taken to preserve his memory and ideas, including undertaking translation of his works.
The house is located on a plot of land measuring 2.75 acres and is situated in a prime location at Sambalpur. Bezbaroa spent the period from 1924 to 1937 there and later gave the house to his eldest daughter late Aruna Mukherjee. However, the property is now the subject of a litigation at the Orissa High Court.


Courtesy: by VOA Team.