GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika Literary Awards ceremony, organised by Maria�s Public School, concluded at the District Library auditorium on Saturday.
Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro Vice Chancellor, Tezpur University, and a noted academician, poet and writer, attended the ceremony as the chief guest. In his speech, Dr Choudhury reminisced the late Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika�s contributions to the Assamese and world literature as a whole. Calling him a �symbol of national integration� and a person with great secular thoughts, Dr Choudhury opined that Hazarika�s birth anniversary should be celebrated at a much greater level.
The programme was graced by Gauri Basu, Vice Principal of Loreto House, Kolkata, as the guest of honour. She said that Assam has an aura of serenity all over the land and that is what makes it more enchanting.
Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, founder and Managing Trustee of Maria�s Educational Trust and the granddaughter of the late Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika, expressed happiness over the growing response to the literary festival and said the initiative taken years back to build a strong connection with the roots has borne fruit as the children now seem to excel in literary exercises both in the vernacular medium as well as English.
Dr Mafuza Rahman, retired HoD of Geography, Cotton College State University, and another granddaughter of the poet-philosopher, reiterated the same thoughts in her speech and said that their mother showed them a broad perspective to life, bereft of caste, creed or religious boundary, as advocated by the late poet.
Anis-uz-Zaman, president of Sodou Asom Kabi Sanmelan and president of the Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika Literary Awards Committee, presided over the ceremony and said that the late poet was the initiator of Sufism in the Assamese poetry.
In the prize distribution ceremony that followed the meeting and a brief cultural show, special awards were presented to Violina Das and Siddhant Agarwal, students of Class X, Maria�s Public School, for their remarkable performance in the Student Climate and Conservation Congress held in West Virginia, US, this year, and also to Sahil Dey, Class IV, and Afsheen Zaman, UKG, two child chess prodigies of the school who excelled in the national and international chess arenas.
The prizes were also presented to the winners of various competitions in the literary fest, which were held from August 17 to 20 last on categories like Assamese creative writing and recitation, English creative writing and recitation, debate and quiz, among students representing about 22 schools in the city.
The Jugal Kishore Choudhury running trophy was awarded to the elocution team from Maria�s Public School. This trophy is offered by Prof Ranjit Choudhury, retired HoD, English, Cotton College, in memory of his late uncle to acknowledge excellence in elocution.
Alpana Khound Phukan, Principal, Maria�s Public School, offered the vote of thanks. This was stated in a press release issued here today.