GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - The Asian Literary Society (ALS), in association with the Journal of Asian Art, Culture and Literature, on Sunday organized an online event � Bhaasha 2020 (Assamese) � in which a large number of literary luminaries and acclaimed artistes participated, stated a press release issued here today.
The daylong event began with a welcome speech by Manoj Krishnan, founder of the Asian Literary Society. It was followed by a live interactive session with Sahitya Akademi Award winner Dr Arupa Kalita Patangia. Later in the day, a panel discussion was held on the Assamese art, culture and literature, which was attended by the president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Dr Kuladhar Saikia; writer and art historian Dr Moushumi Kandali; and Sahitya Akademi Youth Award winner Arindam Borkataki. The second live session was attended by award-winning novelist Manikuntala Bhattacharjya and Sahitya Akademi Youth Award winner Dr Bijoy Sankar Barman. Dr Bishakha Sarma and Anita Chand, writers and administrators of the Society, moderated these sessions.
Soulful song and dance performances by Anurekha Barkakoti, Anita Chand, Dr Aparna Bagwe, Dipanju Buragohain, Dipima, Kavita Verma, Mani Saxena, Moushumi Phukan Gupta, Deshna Mahanta, Dr Nipam Kumar Saikia, Pratigya Chetia, Sangeeta Gupta and Shivpriya enthralled the audience.
An online art exhibition on the theme �Assam� was also organized by the Society, where artworks of Agniv Dutta, Aida G Roque, Dr Aparna Bagwe, Dr Aparna Pradhan, Anita Chand, Deepika Singh, Manoj Krishnan, Neeti Parti and Shivpriya were displayed.
Another session of the event was on poetry recitation and storytelling in Assamese, or presentation of English translations of famous writers� works. The poets and writers included Amrit Jyoti Mahanta, Anu Rani Devi, Anurekha Barkakoti, Dr Aparna Bagwe, Dr Aparna Pradhan, Dr Bimala Deka, Dr Bishakha Sarma, Bondona Dutta, Dalimi Devi, Dipanjan Kashyap, Dipanju Buragohain, Guna Moran, Jurimoni Mahanta, Kavyashree Mahanta, Kiren Babal, Mani Saxena, Mandira Ghosh, Dr Manjumala Das, Monideepa, Mousumee Baruah, Pompy Hajong, Maini Mahanta, Navamalati Neog Chakraborty, Neeti Parti, Preeti Bora, Dr Runa Gogoi, Ratan Bhattacharjee, Dr Ramani Kanta Thakuria, Dr Ramen Sarma, Surekha Sahu, Dr Srutimala Duara, Tarini Saikia and Dr Varsha Das.
The programme ended with the felicitation of all the participants � writers, poets and artistes � and a vote of thanks, the press release added.