GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - Tributes were paid to the memory of Sewali Goswami, retired headmistress of Paltan Bazaar Primary School and a well-known social worker and writer, at a public meeting held at the office of the Panjabari Senior Citizens� Association today.
Goswami had passed away on Saturday.
Archana Das, assistant secretary of Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS), stated the purpose of the meeting held under the aegis of several organisations of Panjabari and welcomed the guests.
Recollecting the manifold contributions of Goswami as a writer, school teacher, social worker and humanist, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said that she was a great lover of nature and an ardent votary of humanity.
�As an animal lover, she used to keep a dozen of stray cats and showered on them her love and affection to the extent of annoying her guests,� he added.
Dr Bhabendranath Deva Sarma, Dr Surendra Mohan Mahanta, Ranajit Sutradhar, Bipin Bhattacharya, Mafizuddin Ahmed and Anjali Hazarika recollected their association with Goswami and described her as a great humanist and an ideal teacher.
Daso Kalita of Asam Sahitya Sabha and Hareswar Deka of Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha recalled her association with both the organisations and said that the Sahitya Sabha would remember her great donation of a building to the Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha, and what is more, donation of her body to Ellora Vigyan Mancha for the benefit of humanity.
Madhuri Bhuyan, Leelaprabha Das and Pratibha Bhuyan, in their speeches, said that as a teacher, Goswami always looked after the welfare of her students even after they had completed their primary education and went to colleges or started their careers.
Presiding over the meeting, noted writer Dr Bijoy Krishna Deva Sarma said that September 7 would be observed by the BPSS as the commemoration day for Goswami.
The BPSS will keep its flag half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the departed soul.