GUWAHATI, May 1 - Eminent oriental speaker and retired Professor of Gauhati University Dr Ashok Kumar Goswami was felicitated today at a public function held at Amalprabha Bhawan, Beltola, under the auspices of the Beltola Senior Citizens� Association (BSCA) and several other socio-cultural organisations.
The function was presided over by Dr Narendra Nath Das. It began with gayan bayan and devotional songs presented by students of Veda Vidyalaya.
Releasing the felicitation souvenir Prajna Preeti, senior journalist DN Chakravartty dwelt at length on the manifold qualities of Dr Goswami and his contributions in the field of Sanskrit teaching and as an exponent of the glory and beauty of Sanskrit literature. He suggested that Dr Goswami be conferred the Padma award in recognition of his monumental contributions towards the expansion of Sanskrit studies in the State and popularisation of the Sanskrit language.
Dr Dipak Kumar Sarma, Vice Chancellor of Bhaskar Barma University, who was the chief guest, recalled his association with his teacher Dr Goswami during his student days, and described him as one of the most illustrious teachers of the State endowed with great qualities of the ancient sages and teachers. He also referred to a few interesting anecdotes on the humour and literary excellence of Dr Goswami.
Dr Malini Goswami, Professor of GU, in her speech as appointed speaker, described Dr Goswami as one of the last representatives of a generation of great Sanskrit scholars of the State right from Ananda Ram Baruah, Dhireswar Acharya and Krishna Kanta Handiqui.
Apurba Kumar Barthakur read out the felicitation citation. A sarai, a plaque, a japi and a gamosa were presented to Dr Goswami along with books.
Earlier, Prasanna Barthakur, secretary of BSCA, welcomed the guests. Pabitra Barthakur anchored the programme.