Sahityarathi Award presented to
RG Baruah, Tribune Group .
GUWAHATI (March'14) - The Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa Award
of the Asam Sahitya Sabha supported by the Sachichandra Borborua Trust,
was presented to RG Baruah (posthumously) and The Assam Tribune Group
at a function organised at the Lakhiram Baruah Sadan today.
The award carries Rs 2 lakh, a citation, a memento and other gifts.
President of the apex literary body Imran Shah presented the award
to PG Baruah, Managing Director of The Assam Tribune Group, who received
the honour on behalf of RG Baruah and the Assam Tribune Group.
The award presentation ceremony was part of the daylong observation
of the death anniversary of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the pioneer of modern
Assamese literature. The day is observed annually as Sahitya Divas
by the Sabha.
The award function, presided over by Sabha president Shah, was attended
by many dignitaries including Sachidananda Maharaj Babaji of Odisha,
educationist Ranjit Dev Goswami, Padmashri Surya Hazarika, trustee
of Sachichandra Borborua Trust Poran Borborua, vice president of the
Sabha Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Ranjit Dev Goswami dwelt at length on the
life and contributions of Lakshminath Bezbaroa and particularly highlighted
those traits in the literary crusader like his emphasis on equality,
love for folk culture and keen eye for relevant images in all creative
On the other hand, Poran Borborua, while recalling his first glimpse
of one of the architects of modern Assam RG Baruah, regretted that
till now the state has not bestowed the honour due to such an illustrious
son of the soil. He pointed out that no award has been instituted
after RG Baruah nor any awards have been conferred on him posthumously
by the state or the Centre. "It is time we came forward to promote
the ideals of RG Baruah and kept his legacy alive," he added.
Extending his gratitude to the Sabha and the Sachichandra Borborua
Trust, PG Baruah said that he was happy to accept the honour and drew
a line of similarity between the literary crusader and RG Baruah.
He said that both had immense patriotism and unwavering love for the
motherland and its language and culture. He observed that both the
stalwarts had come forward to serve the state and both had the courage
and determination to realize their dreams by overcoming every hurdle.
Baruah hoped that the 150th birth anniversary celebration of the Sahityarathi
will create a new wave of nationalism and love for one's language
Courtesy: by The Assam Tribune..