GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The strength and eternal glory of Assamese literature will depend on the reflection of the hopes and aspirations, sufferings and agonies of the Assamese people of the past and the present in a manner that would infuse in them abiding significance and value.
This was observed by Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Paramananda Rajbangshi while releasing four books written by Deepmoni Bhagawati and Govinda Kalita and published by Sabda Silpa at a function held at the Guwahati Press Club recently.
Sabda Silpa director Upen Kalita spoke about the initiatives taken by the publisher for over a decade in publishing books to enrich the volume of Assamese literature.
Dr Rajbangshi said Assamese literature had been enriched by a galaxy of writers right from the days of Anandaram Dhekial Phukan, Padmanath Gohain Baruah, Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Nalinibala Devi, and that they were ably followed by the likes of Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya, Sayed Abdul Malik, Dr Mamoni Raisam Goswami, Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia and Chandra Prasad Saikia, among others.
Presiding over the meeting, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said the present-day Assamese literature, though it has expanded quantitatively, has failed to trigger an intellectual and social revolution in the Assamese society which had been plagued by diverse problems both from within and outside.
He said the present generation of Assamese writers had been in an advantageous position in taking materials from varied aspects of Assamese life and focusing on its richness. He said the beauty of words and expressions in the Assamese language was nowhere to be found in contemporary world literature.
The writers, Bhagawati and Kalita, appealed to the Assamese leadership to critically examine the value and significance of their books and inspire them for future writings. Later, singer Moloya Bharali presented Jyoti Sangeet and Rabha Sangeet.