KAMALABARI (MAJULI), Dec 9 - In recognition of unique contributions of five luminaries of river-island Majuli to the realm of education, culture, literature and language across the length and breadth of the State, a joint forum of elite citizens named as Majuli Pancharatna Prakalpa Karyyakaran Samiti (MPPKS) is all set to unveil their busts at the premises of Majuli College soon.
The life and works of the five distinguished personalities � Yuganayak Garmuria Satradhikar Pitambar Dev Goswami, Yugantarar Purush Auniati Satradhikar Duttadev Goswami, Asom Gaurav Maniram Dutta Moktar Borbayon, Adhunik Majulir Khanikar Keshabram Bora and Bhasa Jananir Sevak Tarun Chandra Pamegam have remained sources of inspiration for the people of the river island, even decades after their death.
All of them are commonly named as Majuli Pancharatna (five jewels of Majuli) and the construction project of the five busts was initiated by a local sensitive citizen, Jiten Dolakasoria and his family members with the support of MPPKS in memory of his father Khogen Dolakasoria of Majuli.
What they did in Majuli was unique in several aspects. On the first day of Bohag in the Assamese calendar of 1871, Satradhikar Dattadev Goswami started publication of the first Assamese monthly newspaper Assam Bilasini from his printing press called Dharma Prakash Yantra in the river island. As the newspaper aroused local sentiments against the British colonial power and conversion to Christianity during the pre-independence period, many a times publication of the vernacular periodical was stopped by the colonial government.
However, despite the hindrances, noted freedom fighter Krishnakanta Bhattacharya later published Assam Bilasini since 1913 to 1925 from Jorhat.
The contributions of Garmuria Satradhikar Pitambar Dev Goswami was immensely felt by the freedom fighters for his noble task of spreading the message of liberalism towards people irrespective of caste and creed across the north-eastern region. Besides motivating people to the Vaishnavite culture and traditions, Dev Goswami started educating tribal youths and women even in the remote areas during the pre-independence and post independence period till 1962.
Three other role models � �Asom Gaurav� Moniram Dutta Moktar Barbayon, �Adhunik Majulir Khanikar� Keshavram Bora and Tarun Chandra Pamegam�s contributions to the field of Satriya culture, education, Assamese language and literature make everyone proud here as well as all over the State, said a member of the Majuli Pancharatna Prakalpa Karyakaran Samiti.
�Former Civil SDO, Manavendra Pratap Singh, Jugal Hazarika, Dr Ananda Hazarika and many other members of MPPKS helped us a lot with their esteemed guidance and support for the project. We hope the busts of the Majuli Pancharatna will remind every student and the travel-weary visitors about the invaluable contributions of the legendary personalities of our river-island,� said Jiten Dolakasoria.
Narrating the significance of such majestic construction local citizen and the secretary of the samiti, Jugal Hazarika told this correspondent that the new generation of Majuli would be immensely inspired from the works of the luminaries as their busts at the college premises would keep reminding everyone to contribute for the society.