GUWAHATI, April 13 � Three recipients of the Padma award from Assam this year were warmly felicitated at a special function jointly organised by the Assam Association, Delhi and the Delhi branch of the Asam Sahitya Sabha on April 8 at the Shrimanta Shankardev Bhawan, Delhi, a press release stated. Besides these two organisations, the other NCR based socio-cultural bodies like Uruli (Assamese Women�s Association), Mamoni Roisom Goswami Trust, Delhi branch of the All Assam Women Writers� Association, �Biyoli� (Senior Citizens� Forum) and Gurgaon Assam Association also took part in the event.
The meeting was conducted jointly by the president, Assam Association, Delhi Dr Nilmoni Sharma and president of the branch Sahitya Sabha, Dr Malaya Khaund. The programme was moderated by the general secretary of the Assam Association, Sarat Borkakoti.
The programme began with the singing of the signature song of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Chiro Chenehi Mor Bhasa Janani. The three Padma awardees were viz., the well-known literary figure and Saraswati Sanman recipient Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora, internationally famed film director Jahnu Baruah and the �Forest Man� Jadav Payeng.
Speaking on the occasion, the three distinguished sons of Assam, who brought glory to the motherland, gave brief but interesting accounts of their life experiences. The former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Bora, a physicist by profession, narrated some unique experiences gained in the field of literary creations and discharge of professional duties. Film maker Baruah gave an interesting account of his formative years when the inspiration of his grandparents and the rural settings helped develop his imaginative mind. Nature conservationist, Payeng described how, in spite of numerous hurdles, he had succeeded in providing protection to thousands of nature�s creations by constituting protective forest areas extensively through untiring selfless efforts. Swapnanil Baruah, senior officer, Govt of Assam also spoke and congratulated the award winners. Jitu Kalita, wildlife photographer, who has been helping Payeng in his laudable efforts, was introduced to the audience, the release added.
The general secretary of the Delhi branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Hiranya Das offered the vote of thanks. The function ended with the singing of Assam�s national anthem O Mor Aponar Desh.