GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - The superstructure of the modern Assamese short story built in the pages of Awahan before Independence was reinforced and strengthened in the pages of Ramdhenu edited by outstanding writer and editor Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya.
This was observed by senior journalist DN Chakravartty while releasing a book of short story Romanthan written by Dibakar Sarma, a retired Postal Department executive, at a function held today at the Baghorbori LP School under the presidentship of Ruma Rajkhowa, short story writer and vice president of Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS).
Hiralal Bora, secretary of BPSS, explained the purpose of the function and welcomed the guests.
Chakravartty said that a group of brilliant writers like Nagendra Narayan Choudhury, Holiram Deka, Radhika Mohan Goswami, Sarat Chandra Goswami, Lakshmidhar Sarma, Mahi Chandra Bora, Lakshminath Phukan and Munin Barkataki shone the pages of Awahan for several decades during which Rama Das with his brilliant stories reigned supreme on the entire chapter of Assamese literature.
Sheelabhadra and Saurabh Kumar Chaliha have been recognised as the builders of modern Assamese short story, he added.
�A galaxy of writers like Syed Abdul Malik, Dr Bhabendranath Saikia, Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora, Mahim Bora, Rohini Kumar Kakati and Sneha Devi also made their immortal contributions for the enrichment of modern Assamese literature,� Chakravartty said.
Referring to the emergence of woman writers in Assamese literature, Chakravartty said that woman writers including Nirupoma Borgohain, Arupa Patangia Kalita, Anuradha Sarma Puzari, Manorama Das Medhi, Dipali Bora, Manikuntala Bhattacharya and Monalisa Saikia had been in the vanguard of the woman writers to unfurl women�s advancement and sounded the voice for women�s emancipation.
Dr Bijoy Krishna Deva Sarma, president of the BPSS, in his speech, called upon the members to work tirelessly for the enrichment of Assamese literature.
Atul Tamuli and Birendra Kumar Barman read out articles on various aspects of Assamese literature and society.