GUWAHATI, Aug 12 � Poetry has down the ages been functioning as the unblemished mirror of every community reflecting truthfully the agony and aspirations of the people regardless of the boundaries of geography and time.
This observation was made by eminent Assamese poet Anis-uz-Zaman while delivering his speech from chair of the director at the multi-lingual poets� meet organized recently under the joint auspices of the Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha and Saraighat Sahitya Samaj of Maligaon.
Zaman, a poet of the glorious Ramdhenu era, said that while the succeeding bench of poets would express with new idioms and with carrying the stamp of contemporary thinking and attitude, poetry of high order gathers its richness and attraction through incorporation of local characteristics, styles and sentimental manifestations.
The function was inaugurated by Dr Deben Chandra Das, well-known author in Hindi literature and was presided over by senior journalist DN Chakravartty.
In his inaugural address, Dr Das narrated the development of Hindi literature from the Buddhist era down to the present times, and referred to the immortal works of illustrious poets of Hindi literature.
The secretary of Saraighat Sahitya Sabha, Pradip Kumar Bora welcomed the guests while the secretary of Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha, Dimbeswar Pathak explained the objective of the meet.
About 60 poets, including Deva Prasad Talukdar, Meena Kumari Rai Medhi, Mrinalini Devi, Hemen Talukdar, Ananta Kumar Bhattacharya, Tobiul Husain, Kapur Chand Jain, Sankarlal Parikh, Ganesh Bodo, Ratneswar Basumatary and Umesh Sarma recited their poems.
Chakravartty, in his presidential remarks, dwelt on the growth of modern Assamese poetry from the days of Amulya Baruah, Dhiren Dutta and Bhabananda Dutta, and observed that present-day Assamese poetry could very well vie with the best pieces of modern world poetry.
Jagadish Sarma offered the vote of thanks.