NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 28 � The 30th three-day biennial session of the Purvanchal Tai Sahitya Sabha was held at Laluk with a view to promoting the language, literature and culture of the Tai community recently.
The session was held at the Dam Chou Panindra Gogoi Kshetra with participants from 11 districts of Assam. The first day of the session began with the welcoming of the president of the Purvanchal Tai Sahitya Sabha from Tyagkshetra in North Lakhimpur to Laluk in a procession.
The president of the session, Kesavananda Dihingiya said that the greater Assam was possible with the development of the Tai literature and culture. The traditional �Khek Ban Phi� and �Furlung� ceremonies were conducted by Poi Furlany Sanga of the All Assam Pundit Parishad. The delegates� session was inaugurated by SR Subba, MLA, Nowboicha and the welcome address was delivered by Kiran Gogoi, president, reception committee.
The second day�s function began with the hoisting of the flag by the Sabha president Kesavananda Dihingiya followed by maidam tribute ceremony by noted Tai scholar Nagen Gogoi. The souvenir, Laluk was released by Tilak Baruah, retired principal, North Lakhimpur College. The Sabha mouthpiece, Khamseng was released by Dr HK Baruah, retired principal, Lakhimpur Commerce College.
Altogether eight books were released during the session. Thirty prominent persons, who had contributed to the Tai language, literature and culture, were felicitated.
The Dr Padmeswar Gogoi memorial lecture on the �Role of Tai people for the overall development of the North East,� was held on the second day of the session. It was chaired by Jibeswar Mohon, former president of the Purvanchal Tai Sahitya Sabha and attended by Dr NN Gogoi, ex-principal, Biswanath Chariali College, Dr Labanya Burhagohain, principal, LTK College, Dilip Burhagohain, ex-principal of Gargaon College and Dr Hiranmoni Borgohain Gogoi of Namrup College.
The opening session held in the evening in memory of Dr Sailadhar Gogoi was chaired by Sabha president Kesavananda Dihingiya.
The last day�s programme began with a cultural procession which was flagged off by Ghana Buragohain, MLA, Lakhimpur. The second opening session began in the afternoon which was inaugurated by Dr JN Phookan, ex-president of Purvanchal Tai Sahitya Sabha.
The session was chaired by its president, Kesavananda Dihingiya and the welcome address was delivered by Kiran Gogoi. The session was attended by Sukapha Award winning scholar Dr Pushpa Gogoi, Jibeswar Mohon, Kaminee Gogoi, Manoranjan Phookan and president of the All Assam Tai Ahom Students� Union, Pranjal Rajkonwar. The Dam Chou Dambaru Deodhai Phookan Award was presented to Dr Pushpa Gogoi. The Ratneswar Buragohain Award was presented to noted Tai scholar Sarbeswar Hati Baruah while the Hem Buragohain Award was presented to folklorist Lokeswar Gogoi of Nagaon.
Dr Pushpa Gogoi asked the new generation to use and revive the Tai language and culture. The meeting was attended by two Myanmar scholars, Dr Chai Chan Aai Kon and Dr Chai Aakum and a Thailand scholar, Dr Karna Kapon. Ex-MP MK Subba was also present.