JORHAT, April 12 � A group of representatives of Asam Sahitya Sabha comprising 30 members including Rong Bong Terang, president of Asam Sahitya Sabha visited Orissa recently following an invitation from Assam�s Governor JB Patnaik, who hails from Orissa.
The group carried out cultural exchange programmes at various places of the State. They also visited and members of Orissa Sahitya Academy, Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy, Utkal Sahitya Samaj, Puri Panda Samaj and noted artists, scholars and poets during their visit.
The residence of Sahityarathi Lakhminath Bezboruah in Orissa was also visited by the group. The minister of higher education, government of Orissa D P Mishra insisted on the translation of the literary works of both Oriya and Assamese to each other.
On the other hand, the Asam Sahitya Sabha proposed to establish a research centre, namely Mahanadi-Brahmaputra Goveshana Kendra in Orissa and two seats were proposed to be set up at Utkal University after the name of Srimanta Sankardev and Sahityarathi Lakshimanath Bezboruah.
Sabha also assured the government of the state to translate five masterpieces of Oriya literature to Assamese. It also sent a proposal to renovate the house of late Lakshimanath Bezboruah situated at Sambalpur, Orissa.
At a meeting held at the residence of late Lakshimanath Bezboruah there on April 3, the noted literary worker Radha Bora promised to build up a statue of Lakshminath Bezboruah at his own expense in front of the house.