BAGSA NWGWR (MUSHALPUR), Jan 29 - Bagsa Nwgwr Mushalpur, the venue of the 57th annual session of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, the large ethnic literary body is all set to receive 2000 delegates coming from 29 districts of the State for the three-day Bodo Sahitya Sabha to begin from February 4 at Mushalpur, the headquarters town of Baksa district.
The reception committee has fixed a budget of Rs 1.5 crore for the conference and is now facing a tough time meeting the budgetary fund so far. It is hopeful that funds will be collected soon. The State Government yet to extend any financial help to the reception committee to host the Sabha session, the secretary of the reception committee Atul Swargiary lamented. He said that the reception committee is making all out efforts to hold the Sabha session in a grand manner.
Elaborating on the preparations for the Sabha session, Swargiary told this correspondent that the committee has completed the large delegates� camp just near the dining hall to accommodate the 2000 delegates expected to participate. He stated that the main pandal of the Sabha will cover an area of 60,000 square feet. The dining hall will be able to accommodate 1000 people at a time. According to him, more than 75 per cent work of the pandal, stage, delegates� camp, dining hall and main entrance have been almost complicated and finishing touches will be given before the second day of February. Swargiwary further said that the reception committee managed 550 volunteers from different schools and colleges and trained them up to maintain discipline and to extend a helping hand to the visitors. The secretary of the reception committee added that the reception committee has been planning to showcase the rich cultures of different ethnic groups residing in the Baksa district. A hall has been constructed only to accommodate 500 artists of all ethnic groups to perform at the stage. The large procession to be taken out on February 6 will include participants from various ethnic groups. It will cover a distance of six kilometres locally.
Disclosing the details of the three-day programme of the Sabha session, Hiten Basumatary, working president of the reception committee said that the Sabha session will begin with the opening of the main gate by Ansmwi Khungur Boro, president of the reception committee. Then the volunteers� camp, dining hall, medical camp, delegates� camp, guest houses, main pandal, exhibition, delegates� hall, martyrs tomb, cultural camp will be inaugurated by various dignitaries. The central executive committee meeting will be held at 3 pm, while the delegates� meeting will be held at 5.30 pm.
The second day�s programme will be began with the hoisting of Bodo Sahitya Sabha flag by its president Taren Boro. The programme will be followed by paying of homage to the martyrs by Kamala Kanta Mushahary, vice-president of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha. The souvenir and the books published on the occasion will be released by Dr Anil Boro, professor of Gauhati University. The felicitation and award presentation function will be held at 12 noon where Urkha Gwra Brahma, Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Pabindra Gayari, Professor of Hyderabad University, Dr Prabir Brahma from England and former Education Minister Thaneswar Boro will take part as guests. The second delegates� meeting will be held from 3 pm.
On the closing day, a cultural procession to be taken out at 8 am will be flagged off by Maheswar Basumatary, executive member of BTC. The open meeting to be presided over by Taren Boro, president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at 12 noon on February 6. The open meeting will addressed among others by Bhabesh Ch Goswami, Vice-Chancellor of Cotton University, Dr Kameswar Brahma, former president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Hagrama Mohilary, chief of BTC, Dr Premananda Mushahary, former convenor of Sahitya Akademi.
Though the Bodo literary body has invited the presidents and secretaries of Karbi Sahitya Sabha, Mising Sahitya Sabha, Rabha Sahitya Sabha, Dimasa Sahitya Sabha, Deori Sahitya Sabha, Tiwa Sahitya Sabha and Garo Sahitya Sabha, the office-bearers of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, the largest literary body of the State have not been not invited.