GUWAHATI, March 2 - �Literature of various Indian languages is linked with each other like a garland,� said noted Bengali writer Dr Ramkumar Mukhopadhyay while delivering a speech on the topic �Swadhinata Uttar Asomiya O Bangla Kobita� at the Cotton University here today.
The programme was organised by Assamese literary magazine Gariyoshi on the occasion of its silver jubilee celebration, in association with Alochana Chakra of the Department of Assamese, Cotton University.
Talking about poetry, Dr Mukhopadhyay said, �I don�t read a poem to understand it. Rather, I always go through a poem to sharpen my sensitivity, so that I could feel the world and emotion, so that I could cry and laugh. It is needed because today due to a busy lifestyle we have lost our emotions to a large extent.�
Appreciating the works of Assamese poet Nabakanta Barua, he said, �The world of poet Nabakanta Barua was built in Santiniketan and Shillong. He was inspired by both Rabindranath Tagore and TS Eliot.�
Appreciating the works of another Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan, he said, �Phukan had changed the trend of Assamese poetry. He said many things by using few words in his poetry.�
He asserted that poetry is the essence of life. He also recalled the works of various Assamese writers like Chandra Prasad Saikia, Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi, Hiren Bhattacharya and Samir Tanti.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of Cotton University Dr Bhabesh Chandra Goswami said there is a vast scope to do research on the songs of Dr Bhupen Hazarika.
At the beginning of the programme, Assistant Editor of Gariyoshi Ankur Deka spoke on the journey of the magazine.
As part of the lecture programme, three wall-magazines namely Rituye Rituye, Anubhabar Apristha and Silpir Ghar were launched on the Cotton University premises. A collage of some selected covers of Gariyoshi were also displayed.