GUWAHATI, Aug 1 - The Asam Sahitya Sabha has now got its branch in Singapore too.
According to a press statement issued by the Sabha�s Singapore branch and received here today, the branch will act as a hub to help promote the spread of language, literature and culture amongst the Assamese diaspora across South East Asia.
Sahitya Sabha president Paramananda Rajbongshi was present during the launch of the branch on July 28, along with other dignitaries from the literary body, including Balendra Kumar Das, noted poet and Sahitya Sabha executive member Bipul Deuri, Sahitya Akademi Translation Award winning writer and Director, Institute of Translation Nurul Sultan, and Planning Coordinator Jutikaa Mahanta.
Addressing the function, Rajbongshi said he was excited to see the passion displayed by the Assamese diaspora in Singapore in upholding their language and literature. He exhorted the Assamese diaspora in Singapore to assume responsibility in propagating and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Assamese people for generations to come.
At the function, a committee was formed with a mandate to generate awareness among the Assamese diaspora on the cultural and literary heritage of Assam, with Abhimanyu Talukdar as the president, Bazid Ahmed as the general secretary and Saptarshi Bhattacharya as the treasurer.
Pinku Saikia, Momee Baruah and Anindita Gogoi were named as the members of the literary committee, while Tonmoy Phukan, Sweety Hatibaruah and Arzu Begum were named as the members of the media and the public relations committees of the branch.
Dilip Barthakur, Syed Mohammad Mahmoodulla, Reeza Goswami, Sohel Arnol and Parikshit Sarma were named members of its advisers.
�On behalf of the Assamese community, I would like to thank Asam Sahitya Sabha for setting up a branch here. The branch will enable our upcoming generations to take advantage of the programmes developed to promote our language and culture,� said Abhimanyu Talukdar, president, Singapore Sahitya Sabha.
�It�s a collective effort of the entire Assamese diaspora, along with the Asam Sahitya Sabha, to have this branch in Singapore, which is the gateway to entire South East Asia. The real work starts now,� said Bazid Ahmed, general secretary of the Singapore Sahitya Sabha.
About 40 families from the Singapore Assamese diaspora attended the inaugural function. The evening commenced with chorus Siro Senehi Mur Bhasha Jononi � the theme song of the literary body. This was followed by Assamese poetry recital, story-telling and distribution of Luit � the magazine of Assamese community in Singapore. The evening ended with Assam�s jatiya sangeet O Mur Apunar Desh.
The Sabha could garner the support of more than 10 new lifetime members on the spot. It is expected that more members of the Assamese community in Singapore will come forward to become the members of the branch before the end of this year.
Those who attended the function also discussed about how to preserve and promote Assamese language globally and highlighted the efforts undertaken towards securing recognition to the Assamese language from the Unicode Consortium.
The Sabha members also inaugurated a library and named it after Assamese cultural icons Shankar-Madhab. Books and journals were donated by the Sabha and its members to the library.