JAGIROAD, Dec 18 - The Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, the apex body of the women writers of Assam, organised its annual Aideu Handique Memorial Award giving ceremony at Jagiroad with a two-day programme, which concluded on Thursday in the presence of 300 delegates from different branch samitis of the State.
Following the delegates meeting held on December 16, which was conducted by Dr Sukha Baruah, the main function of the Samiti was held the next day, which was graced by a host of dignitaries including Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, Vice-Chancellor, Srimanta Sankardev University, Dr Malini, renowned litterateur and scientist, Harendra Bora, Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha.
In the meeting, the Samiti conferred the annual Aideu Handique Memorial Award upon renowned exponent of Satriya dance and recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Garima Hazarika. In the absence of Hazarika, who could not grace the function due to unavoidable reasons, the plaque of honour was received by Nilima Bora of the Guwahati district unit of the Lekhika Samaroh Samiti. The plaque was formally handed over to Bora on behalf of the Samiti by Dr Sukha Baruah.
Earlier, Harendra Bora, president, Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha inaugurated the open meeting, who in his brief yet illuminating speech, highlighted the path led by Late Aideu Handique towards a cultural renaissance among the women folk of the Assamese society.
In his elocution, Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, VC, Srimanta Sankardev University lauded the roles played by organisations like the Lekhika Samaroh Samiti and the Asam Sahitya Sabha in strengthening the national life of Assam. He, however regretted the increasing feeling of apathy towards the Assamese language shown by the majority section of the people in preference to the English language. He felt that the national bodies themselves have to find ways for redemption from such a crisis. He hoped that the organisations would pave ways for some fresh initiatives in this regard.
The other speakers in the meeting were � Dr Malini, Moloya Goswami, renowned cine artist, Dr Joyshree Goswami Mahanta, Bimal Gogoi Gohain, Sabitri Gogoi, PC Gogoi, Tulsi Bordoloi, Narayan Pradhan, among others in which the Samiti felicitated its founder president, Dr Sila Borthakur. Earlier, Dr BC Neog, Principal, Jagiroad College released a souvenir named Rupali Kunwori edited by Ranju Gogoi Chutia. The meeting was presided over by its president, Dr Sukha Baruah.
A total of six books namely, Borokhun Diya Megh, a collection of poems by Ranju Gogoi Chutia, Balighar, a collection of short stories by Ranju Gogoi Chutia, Apangteya, an Assamese biography novel on the first Assamese film actress Aideu Handique by Akan Devi, Mahiyashi Nari, a collection of articles, edited by Akan Devi, Rode Pura Jonak by Prativa Deoraja and Rumanthan by Bandana Dutta Saikia were released by dignitaries in the meet.
The secretary general, Subarna Saikia Bordoloi told this correspondent that the Samiti declared its awards namely, Padmashree Chandraprava Saikiani Award-, Nalini Bala Devi Sahitya Award Lekhika Samaroh Samiti Sahitya Award, Sishu Sahitya Award and Sampriti Tuk Tuk Saikia Sishu Sahitya Award which will be conferred on Birubala Rava of Goalpara, Dr Lakhya Hira Das of Guwahati, Dr Malini of Jorhat, Padumi Gogoi of Guwahati, Hiranmoyee Dutta of Sivasagar and Swadhinata Mahanta of Tezpur, Dr Hiran Saikia Lahkar of Barpeta respectively at its 26th conference to be held on February 7,8 and 9, 2016 at the Netai Dhubuni Samannya Kshetra, Dhubri.