GUWAHATI, July 12 � The Asam Sahitya Sabha UK observed its 15th annual general meeting and the Sahitya Sanskriti Divas on July 5, an e-mail received here said.
The Asam Sahitya Sabha flag was hoisted by Kamal Hazarika. Anil Barthakur and Rupam Barthakur, the father-son duo and Christine organised an art workshop.
In her address, president Lahori Barthakur welcomed the people present and also lamented the lack of enthusiasm among some young Assamese living in the UK. She also mentioned that the Asam Sahitya Sabha is the oldest literary organisation in India. It is every Assamese person�s duty to bear the responsibility in a united manner to keep the banner of ASSUK high.
Khageswar Lahon, vice president, introduced Ranjoo Goswami and mentioned her contributions to Assam. The multi-talented guest speaker Ranjoo Goswami from Guwahati presented a very well prepared and passionate speech appreciating the young people in Assam who are working hard to contribute to preserve and promote the language, literature and culture despite the negative and unstable scenario in Assam. She also thanked the diaspora for their attempt to preserve the Assamese culture through their descendants.
Geeta Borooah, treasurer presented her accounts and urged people to donate and contribute to sustain this great organisation.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Kamal Hazarika�documentary on Assam Oaaixei gaon khon koloi gol. This is a very well-thought out picture of a beautiful village in Assam based on a poem written by Kamal Hazarika and directed by Upakul Bordoloi.
Mayapee Chowdhury, a second generation British Assamese recited two of her poems. Nilmoni Sikdar sang Bhupen Hazarika�s songs, Suravi Lahon sang Assamese modern songs and Manjira Chowdhury sang Rudra Baruah�s and her father late Mahesh Chandra Dev Goswami�s song.
Felicitations were offered to Anil Barthakur, a life member, for his recent publication of Nritya Hasta (Hand gestures) in the classical dances of India�, published in Guwahati by Spectrum Publication and Kamal Hazarika for his recent release of the documentary, Dheera Hazarika and their contribution to Asam Sahitya Sabha UK and Ranjoo Goswami for her presence as a guest speaker. Token of appreciation and encouragement were given to Jenni Barthakur and Nishka Chowdhury for their help on that day.
ASSUK secretary, Manjira Chowdhury presented the vote of thanks, the release added.