GUWAHATI, March 7 � The Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezborua Award will be posthumously conferred on one of the architects of modern Assam RG Baruah and The Assam Tribune group of newspapers this year.
The award instituted by the Asam Sahitya Sabha and supported by the Sachichandra Borboruah Trust, will be presented at a function to be held at the District Library auditorium here on March 26 at 5 pm. The award money has been doubled to Rs 2 lakh this year.
Talking to media-persons today, Sabha vice president Paramananda Rajbongshi said that the award money has been enhanced on account of the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of one of the pioneers of modern Assamese literature Lakshminath Bezborua. It may to be mentioned here that the Sahitya Sabha�s celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Sahityarathi had begun on October 14, 2012 at Ahatguri. The concluding function of this celebration will be held on October 14 this year with an elaborate programme at Dibrugarh.
The Sabha has chalked out a slew of activities to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Lakshminath Bezborua, including some special programmes in Kolkata, Orissa, Delhi, Tripura and Mumbai.
�We are going to hold a special memorial function and lecture on March 23 in Kolkata under the aegis of the Sahitya Akademi. A special programme on the Sahityarathi is going to be organised in New Delhi and other places,� informed Rajbongshi.
On the other hand, Rajbongshi said that the Sabha has been initiating various programmes to introduce the young generation to the life and works of the Sahityarathi. �We have also insisted on the Central government to come forward with various activities as a mark of honour to the illustrious son of the soil,� mentioned Rajbongshi adding that it was important to install statues and busts of the Sahityarathi in the major towns of the State so that the present generation is made aware about the contributions of the Sahityarathi towards enrichment of Assamese literature.