DERGAON, Jan 22 - �Assamese is a rich language and it cannot die in any circumstances. Language in any form should be correct in the true sense. The writings of Sayed Abdul Malik reflect this fact correctly.�
This was stated by noted Bangla writer Shaktimoy Dass while inaugurating the open meeting of the two-day-long birth centenary celebrations of noted litterateur Sahityacharya Sayed Abdul Malik. The function was organised by Majgaon Siksha Sanskritik Unnayan Samiti as a central programme of Asam Sahitya Sabha in association with Golaghat District Sahitya Sabha (GDSS) and other local branches of Asam Sahitya Sabha, at Naharani, about 10 kilometres off Dergaon town. The celebrations concluded on Sunday.
�At present the socio-economic as well as political situation in the country are so critical that only strong writings can minimise these crisis,� he added.
Releasing the souvenir Naharanir Malik edited by Abedul Sultan, the editor of the Dainik Janambhumi Utpal Baruah spoke about his association with Abdul Malik during the initial period of his career. He also stated that Abdul Malik could depict the real picture of rural life through his writings and could exhibit his humanity with his works.
The open meeting was chaired by the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora and moderated by Samiran Bordoloi and Nurul Sultan. The meet was addressed by State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora as the guest of honour. In his speech, Bora spoke about the literary genius of Sayed Abdul Malik. He also released the book titled Mritunjoyee Malik edited by Biren Thakur.
Addressing the gathering, noted novelist Manikuntala Bhattachayrya said that contributions of Abdul Malik cannot be measured with any dimension. Sahitya Akademi award winner Jayanta Madhav Bora said that the people of greater Dergaon are proud of Abdul Malik. Books titled, Naharanir Naharful edited by Saiful Hussain and Navoday Naharani edited by Jaman Mahmood were also released in the meting. The meeting was also attended by Dergaon MLA Bhabendra Nath Bhorali, Biswajit Das, Padum Rajkhowa, Bismita Gogoi, Arati Hazarika, Upasana Gogoi, Suren Gayan, Chandra Bora, Hridayananda Gogoi, Dr Jayashree Goswami Mahanta etc.
The programme ended in the evening with a cultural function. Earlier, a cultural procession was flagged off by Golaghat SP Manbendra Dev Roy in which thousands of people took part.
On Saturday morning, the programme was started by president of Golaghat District Sahitya Sabha (GDSS) Suren Gayan and it that was followed by smriti tarpan by president of Naharani Sahitya Sabha Trailokya Gogoi. The PWD road from Kuralguri to Naharani was named after Abdul Malik and the nameplate was unveiled by Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia while another road was inaugurated by Dergaon MLA Bhabendra Nath Bharali. The main gate was inaugurated by former secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Basanta Kumar Goswami while the book fair was opened by educationist Biren Thakur and the Hussain Ali memorial exhibition was inaugurated by educationist Muhibul Haque.
The Rekibuddin Ahmed memorial stage was opened by litterateur Ismail Hussain while the Abdul Matin memorial literary competition was inaugurated by former president of Dergaon Sahitya Sabha Atul Goswami.
The working committee meeting of Dr Maheswar Neog Research Council of Asam Sahitya Sabha was held at Naharani Abdul Malik Bhavan.
In the afternoon, a symposium on �Trend of Assamese Novel� was chaired by the president of Asam Sahity Sabha Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora in which writer Hridayananda Bora, Dr Kutubuddin Ahmed and Pikumoni Dutta took part as appointed speakers.
During the programme, awards were given to Dr Kumud Kumar Dutta, Gitali Bora, Juri Bora Borgohain, Prayag Saikia and Saumyadeep Dutta by Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields. Dr Bora also felicitated Abu Naser Sayed Ahmed, Atul Chandra Mahanta, Dr Girish Sarma and Badaruddin Ahmed. In the evening, the cultural function was inaugurated by the Dergaon Circle Officer Homen Gohain Baruah.