MORIGAON, Sept 21 � As a part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Morigaon College, a national-level lecture in memory of late Guru Charan Medhi, founder principal of Morigaon College, was delivered by Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami, former head of the department of English, Gauhati University on September 20 on the college premises.
The function began with the flag hoisting by Dr Hare Krisna Dev Sarma, principal, Morigaon College. This was followed by smriti tarpan initiated by Prabhu Narayan Mazumdar, ex-principal of the college. The souvenir Swarna Baibhab published on the occasion was released by Naba Kanta Bordoloi, president, Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha.
The main function was presided over by Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, Vice-Chancellor, Srimanta Sankardev University, Nagaon. Addressing the gathering, Narendra Nath Keot, ex-principal, Morigaon College presented a vivid description of life and works of late Guru Charan Medhi, who had contributed a lot to the educational field of Morigaon district.
Delivering the keynote lecture on the topic, �The message of renaissance of Assam, Assamese language and nationality�, RK Dev Goswami, Professor of English, Gauhati University presented a thought-provoking description on the history of renaissance of Assam. He referred to the history of renaissance in Bengal and said that poets like Hem Saraswati and Madhab Kandoli brought about the literary movement in Assam in the 14th century. After Srimanta Sankardev, renaissance came through the New Vaishnavite movement, Prof Goswami observed.
In the literary field, personalities like Anandaram Dhekial Phukan, Hem Chandra Boruah, Gunabhiram Boruah took up the challenge for the growth of Assamese literature and culture, he added. Expressing his views on Anandaram Dhekial Phukan�s philosophy, Prof Goswami opined that the renaissance movement in Assam was carried away by those figures as a work of art. He concluded the lecture saying that the message of renaissance of Assam is equality, unity and non-violence.