GUWAHATI, April 24 - The Asam Sahitya Sabha today felicitated Dr Achyut Chandra Medhi and his wife Nivedita Medhi as �Param Hitoishi Dampati� of the Sabha in recognition of the couple�s contributions towards the cause of development of the Assamese language and literature.
Dr Medhi and his wife have donated a plot of seven kathas in Baksa district together with a two-storey building to the Sabha for furthering their various endeavours concerning the State�s cultural and literary spheres.
The special executive committee meeting of the Sabha held at the Madhabdev Bhawan of the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here today, gave approval to the various constructive programmes of the premier literary body, including the year-long celebration programme to mark its centenary.
Sabha president Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah who presided over the session, called upon the people to extend full cooperation to the Sabha in order to enable it to celebrate the function in the standards of an international event with participation of luminaries from the country and abroad.
Sabha general secretary Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi in his report dwelt at length on how the Sabha is proposing to build up a corpus of Rs 10 crore with a view to making the Sabha fully self-reliant.
Dilip Kumar Sarma of Barpathar was also felicitated for his contribution of Rs 1 lakh, which he had obtained by selling paddy from his personal granary.
Dr Borah also appealed to the people to join him in congratulating Sarma for his noble gesture.
In the afternoon, the Sashichandra Barbaruah memorial award was presented to eminent journalist and editor of Dainik Asam Radhika Mohan Bhagawati.
The function was hosted by Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS) in collaboration with the Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha. Nagen Bhuyan, president of BPSS, welcomed the executive members of the Asam Sahitya Sabha with a short speech.