GOALPARA, Nov 1 - A book titled Sundoror Podatik authored by senior journalist Dilip Kumar Sarma was released on Sunday last on the occasion of �Kitapor Din� organised by the Goalpara District Journalists� Association at the Natyasurya Phani Sarma Bhavan by Deputy Commissioner Varnali Deka, who was the chief guest on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that �Kitapor Din� is observed to mark the birth anniversary of former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha and Jeevan Silpi Lakshyadhar Choudhury.
Releasing the book, Deka praised the efforts of the author Dilip Kumar Sarma and said that the book which is a collection of articles provides a holistic view from a cultural perspective of today�s society and added that the book also explores educational values which provides the foundation for further discussion for reflective and critical thinking of readers, apart from having literary value. She said that she was also highly impressed by the calligraphy on the book.
Renowned educationist Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury who graced the occasion as the guest of honour, in his keynote address dwelt on the significance of Kitapor Din and said that Lakshyadhar Choudhury always stressed on the fact that it is through books one can acquire knowledge which is the key to removing ignorance.
Dr Choudhury also pointed out that reading books is the best way to learn and gain knowledge. While gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc., have their place in education, but these are not substitute for knowledge, which we all derive from books.
Dr Choudhury while referring to some students and youths present in the programme, said that if the nation wants to progress there should be greater proclivity for an ambience of learning from childhood onwards so that the children become knowledgeable and can know and access the entire world through education. He also urged the journalist fraternity to take upon the major task of protecting and promoting the heritage, language and culture of Goalpara.
Another prominent speaker, educationist and former Principal of William Nagar Government College Dr Paritosh Chakraborty spoke on Lakshyadhar Choudhury�s books and plays and the messages that it conveyed and how it impacted people�s lives. Dr Chakraborty also praised the tireless efforts of the author Dilip Kumar Sarma as a person who knew him from close quarters for several years.
Kalyan Kalita, Dr Shyamalendu Das, Kamalesh Deka, Partha Pratim Das and others also spoke on the occasion. Author Dilip Kumar Sarma in his brief speech expressed remorse as to why a literary body like the Sahitya Sabha, the Publication Board or the Assam Natya Sanmilan are reluctant to come forward to organise events as �Kitapor Din� across the State instead of having it confined to Guwahati and among some family members only.
The programme began with the title song �Kitapor Din� rendered by Binita Devi and Manchamita Devi Brahma followed by the welcome speech delivered by the secretary of the Goalpara District Journalists� Association Rashidul Hussain. The programme was anchored by Manchamita Devi Brahma.