GUWAHATI, March 26 � A life-size statue of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa was unveiled in the New Academic Building complex of Gauhati University (GU) today at a function in a befitting manner.
The programme was organised by the Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroar Dersha Bachariya Jayanti Udjapan Samiti.
Asam Sahitya Sabha president Imran Shah unveiled the statue sculpted by noted artist Benu Mishra with the help of 15 sculptors of Mirza area.
Shah described Bezbaroa�s name as synonymous to the pace required by a nationality in its quest for excellence. Bezbaroa set an example of self-reliance and he created a very powerful language to express his thoughts using the elements of ancient literature, history, idioms, etc.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Sahityacharyya Mahim Bora said that Bezbaroa was the man who took the great Assamese saints Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva to the fore of elite discussion. He will continue to command respect of the Assamese people till Assamese nationality survives, he claimed.
On the occasion, noted singers Sudakshina Sarma and her son Rishiraj Sarma and noted singer Khagen Mahanta and his niece Monojyotsna Mahanta presented some of the songs written by Bezbaroa, like the ballad of Dhanbor-Ratani, Kot ache ene chaul and Bahi and Dakowal.
Mahanta and his niece also sang the song written by late Keshav Mahanta on Bezbaroa.
The Keshav Mahanta composition was also presented by the GU students as a chorus to mark the beginning of the function just after the unveiling of the statue and subsequent lighting of 150 earthen lamps to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Sahityrarathi.
On the occasion, the reprints of Lakshminath Bezbaroa: The Sahityarathi of Assam and The Religion of Love and Devotion of Lakshminath Bezbaroa (both edited by Dr Maheswar Neog), Adhunik Asamiya Sahityar Aitijya aru Lakshminath Bezbaroa (edited by Dr Tarani Deka and Kamaluddin Ahmed), Lakshminath Bezbaroar Bhasa (edited by Dr Dipti Phukan Patgiri) and the Russian, Odiya and Bangla versions of the lecture prepared by Dr Suniti Kumar Chatterjee � The 19th Century Renaissance and Lakshminath Bezbaroa of Assam � were also released.
The GU Assamese Department�s Annual Research Journal Anweshvan, which was published as Bezbaroa issue this time, was also released at the function.
The function was also addressed by GU Vice Chancellor Dr Mridul Hazarika, Benu Mishra, president of the Udjapan Samiti, Prof Ranjit Deva Goswami, vice president of the Udjapan Samiti Dr Dipti Phukan Patgiri and convenor of the Udjapan Samiti Dr Suresh Kumar Nath, among others.
GU students also presented an orchestra on the occasion.