GUWAHATI, March 24 � The death anniversary of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the pioneer of modern Assamese literature, observed annually on March 26 as Sahitya Divas by the Asam Sahitya Sabha, will witness the apex literary body acknowledging the contributions of RG Baruah and The Assam Tribune Group in enriching the Assamese literature. The programme is being scheduled at the Lakhiram Baruah Sadan here with a day-long agenda.
Apart from a session on the topic �Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa and the Assamese literature�, the Sabha is also going to confer the Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa Award, supported by the Sachichandra Borborua Trust, on RG Baruah (posthumously) and The Assam Tribune Group at a function to be held from 5 pm.
According to Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, vice president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, the award ceremony this year has greater significance because it is going to be presented posthumously to such an individual who ensured that the invaluable contributions of a literary crusader and patriot like Lakshminath Bezbaroa were preserved for posterity.
�RG Baruah was one of the architects of modern Assam. He had the vision and the determination to realise his dreams for a progressive Assam. His contributions in several fields, including sports, culture and literature, were remarkable and the present face of Guwahati would not have been such if RG Baruah had not intervened with his new ideas,� said Dr Rajbongshi, recalling that RG Baruah�s Tribune Group has been playing an important role in enriching the Assamese literature since its inception.
In keeping with its commitment towards promoting the interests of Assam and every aspect integral to its betterment, The Assam Tribune Group has been providing space for highlighting such news related to flourishing of art, culture and literature of the State for decades, and Lakshminath Bezbaroa, an institution that infused fresh air into the Assamese society and literature, had always found proper place in the newspaper.
Dr Rajbongshi remembered that if it had not been for The Assam Tribune Group, all the writings of Bezbaroa would have been lost.
�Because of the hard work and dedication of the publishing wing of the Tribune Group, the writings of the Sahityarathi could be compiled and released, taking the Assamese literature to a new height,� said Dr Rajbongshi, adding that the Sabha is delighted to honour a stalwart like RG Baruah and The Assam Tribune Group for setting an exemplary trend and ensuring objectivity and positivism in journalism.
�Bezbaroa fought to establish a proper place for Assamese in the State, and with his liberal ideas and honesty, left a legacy that has to be carried forward by us,� said Dr Rajbongshi.
The award function will be attended by Sachidananda Maharaj Babaji of Odisha, educationist Ranjit Dev Goswami, Padmashri Surya Hazarika and others. A documentary of the Sahityarathi is also going to be screened on the occasion.