NORTH GUWAHATI, Dec 9 - Amidst much enthusiasm, the concluding birth centenary celebration of Lakhyadhar Choudhury, whom people of the area, term as the pride of North Guwahati, was observed here at the North Guwahati College premises under the aegis of the Asam Sahitya Sabha with the active cooperation of its North Guwahati unit on December 6 with a daylong colourful programme.
The day�s programme began with a �goodwill� race joined by 100 participants from near the holy Doul Govinda temple to the college. Sachin Bhuyan, the president of the Doul Govinda temple Management Committee, flagged off the race.
This was followed by hoisting of the flag of the Asam Sahitya Sabha by Prof Bhairab Sarmah, president of the North Guwahati Sahitya Sabha unit. In his speech, Sarmah, while narrating the historical, cultural, intellectual and religious legacy, stated how late Choudhury loved people around him through his works and writings.
The open meeting anchored by Madhu Sudan Medhi, general secretary of the North Guwahati Sahitya Sabha, was presided over by Asam Sahitya Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora. The persons who graced the meeting as distinguished guests included Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, pro-tem VC, Tezpur University, his brother, singer, writer and surgeon, Dr Anjanjyoti Choudhury, former vice-president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Kanak Ch Sarmah, distinguished writer and administrative officer, Thaneswar Malakar, distinguished poet Bipul Deuri, distinguished writer Prof Upendra Nath Sarmah, Naren Das president Kamrup Sahitya Sabha (R), Manindra Boruah, ex-principal of North Guwahati College.
Earlier, the general secretary of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi explained the purpose of the meeting. Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury in his speech as chief guest of the function exhorted the young upcoming generations to devote one�s time and energy not only in their own uplift but also for the uplift of the society. Anjanjyoti Choudhury, who is also a humorist, urged the younger generation to utilise their time for building their future as planned. Kanak Sarmah narrated various uncommon qualities of head and heart of Late Choudhury. Similarly, Prof Upendra Nath Sarmah, ex- principal MK Boruah, writer Bipul Deuri illustrated with examples how Lakhyadhar Choudhury was a multi-faceted genius who loved his country and its people. The president of the Kamrup District Sahitya Sabha, Naren Das, while offering his tributes to one great writer of this century narrated some virtues of head and heart of late Choudhury that he had noticed. In the meeting, Prof Bonti Bora enthralled the audience by singing the song Kitapar Din.
A competition on satirical compositions was also held which was won by Rubi Boro, a higher secondary student of Lakhyadhar Choudhury Mahavidyalaya, Rang Mahal.
At the end, Prof Bhairab Sarma, president, North Guwahati Sahitya Sabha offered the vote of thanks. In his speech, he also referred to some special characteristics of the philosophy of life of Late Choudhury.