GUWAHATI, Oct 14 - The 155th birth anniversary of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa was observed in the city along with the rest of the State.
To mark the occasion, the Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa Smriti Raksha Samiti in association with Asam Sahitya Sabha organised a programme before the statue of Bezbaroa at Bezbaroa Chowk roundabout, Guwahati Club here this evening.
The proceedings began with the lighting of 155 earthen lamps around the Bezbaroa statue at 5 pm.
This was followed by a book release function at the Asam Sahitya Sabha head office at the Bhagabati Prasad Baruah Bhawan, where the Assamese (by Basanta Kumar Bhuyan), Deuri (by Rajkumar Deuri) and Nepali (by Prof Khagen Sarma) translated versions of Deepak Kumar Panda�s Bezbaroa and Sambalpur were released.
The three books were released by Dr Bhabesh Chandra Goswami, Cotton University VC, Dr Birinchi Kr Das, Battadev University VC, and Dr Jogesh Kakoti, Principal, Pandu College, respectively.
The mouthpiece of the Smriti Raksha Samiti was also released by Rana Pratap Bezaruah, grand-nephew of the Sahityarathi. A tribute-paying ceremony was also held in front of the bust of Bezbaroa there.
Justice (retd) of the Gauhati High Court Bilab Kumar Sarma released the Odisha version of Panda�s Bezbaroa and Sambalpur, written by Panda himself.
Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi presided over the function while Dr Sanjib Kumar Sarmah, secretary in-charge of the Sabha�s Guwahati branch, compered.
Panda, who has been playing a key role in preserving the century-old heritage �Bezbaroa Houses� at Sambalpur in Odisha, in his speech, recalled Bezbaroa�s professional and literary pursuits at Sambalpur and how he played a key role in establishing a link between Assam and Odisha.
The Kamrup Metro district administration also organized a function at the Bezbaroa Chowk in the city.
Hrishikesh Goswami, Media Advisor to the Chief Minister, started the proceedings with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp and garlanding the statue of the doyen of Assamese literature.
Kamrup Metro DC Biswajit Pegu, Legal Adviser to Chief Minister Santanu Bharali, Guwahati Development Commissioner Atul Kumar Sarma, among others, were present at the function.
Goswami, in his address, recollected the unparalleled contributions of Bezbaroa to the cause of Assamese language and literature and to the State�s social life as a whole.
Bezbaroa was also remembered at the Secretariat campus where the Secretariat Administration Department organized a brief function near the statue of the Sahityarathi in the Janata Bhawan.
Former CM Tarun Gogoi also paid tributes before the Bezbaroa statue. Government officers and staff also paid tributes before it. In the evening, the site of the statue and adjoining areas were illuminated.