GUWAHATI, Nov 3: The rich and vibrant languages, culture, literature and ethnic diversities of the northeastern region were celebrated on Saturday at the 21st North East Book Fair being held here with a series of programmes throughout the day, sponsored by the National Book Trust (NBT).
NBT, which has been closely associated with book fests and a number of literary activities in the region, takes up several projects for the North East region and the North East study series.
As part of the event, a panel discussion on the topic �Literature and society in the North East; connections and influences� was organised today. The panel discussion that elaborately dwelt on various literary and social aspects of the region and specifically Assam had witnessed the participation of eminent educationist Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, writer Dhruva Hazarika, writer and former director of NBT Rita Chowdhury, writer Rashmi Narzary and literary critic from Arunachal Pradesh Dr Doyir Ete Taipodia. NBT director Neera Jain was also present on the occasion.
Earlier, a quiz competition based on languages, literature and culture of the North East was held on the occasion.
Colourful cultural programmes presenting the folk dances, musical instruments, songs, etc. marked the evening of the �North East Day� at the book fair venue.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr Amarjyoti Chowdhury stressed the need to set up at least one library in every village of the State. �To survive as an educated and enlightened society, we need to create more book readers and we should take this movement to every village of Assam. While implementing Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, setting up libraries in every village must be included as the main topic. Books and museums are essential to learn about our legacy and expand our knowledge base."
Rita Chowdhury, while speaking about the challenges she faced for being someone from North East India, stated that as the director of NBT, she faced many challenges.
�NBT is actively promoting the literary activities in the region and recently, it has come up with Warp and Weft: Makers of Modern Assam, a book which is a collection of biographical write-ups of eminent literary stalwarts and illustrious figures of the Assamese socio-cultural sphere, and Essence of North East, a pictorial book on the delectable cuisines of the North East,� said Deep Saikia, the Assamese language editor at the NBT as well as the NE coordinator of the Trust.