GUWAHATI, Jan 18 - Purbottor Hindi Sahitya Academy, Guwahati Mahanagar celebrated Silpi Divas at the Guwahati Press Club yesterday by honouring acclaimed Kathak dancer Bipul Das and senior radio artiste Nilima Khatun, said a press release today.
On the occasion a multilingual poetry session was held where poets from Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat and Khairabari took part.
The function started with lighting of the lamp by Pabitra Kumar Sarma, president, Sanskritik Mahasabha, Assam. The chief guest was retired bureaucrat Krishna Roymedhi. The chief speaker was Dr Ritamoni Baishya, Associate Professor, Department of Hindi, GU.
Speaking on the occasion, Malabika Roymedhi Das, president of Purbottor Hindi Sahitya Academy, Guwahati Mahanagar, said the Hindi language could be a medium through which translated Assamese literature could reach the national level and shine like a bright star in the world. She emphasised learning and speaking the national language correctly by the new generation so that they could fulfil their dreams in literary fields.
Krishna Roymedhi spoke on the immense contributions of Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwalla and recited a few of his poems.
Dr Baishya praised the Academy for celebrating Silpi Divas and for its efforts to popularise the Hindi language among non-Hindi speaking people of the North East. She assured the Academy of all possible help in translating selected Assamese poems and short stories into Hindi.
A one-act play was enacted by Meena Kumari Roymedhi. The poetry session was conducted by Dr Goma Adhikari, while the vote of thanks was given by Dr Manjula Hussain, secretary of the Academy.