GUWAHATI, Oct 11 � In a unique attempt of paying tribute to the pioneer of modern Assamese litterateur Lakshminath Bezbaroa, over a lakh students reverberated the sky with Ami Asomiya Nahao Dukhiya, the widely acclaimed poem of the Sahityarathi. At 12.05 pm, the poem was recited simultaneously at 42 locations of the State followed by singing of State Anthem O Mur Apunar Desh at 12.35 pm.
The programme was held throughout the State as a part of All Assam Students� Union�s attempt to inspire the people with poem and the anthem that speak of the glorious heritage of the State, as well as paying tribute to Lakshminath Bezbaroa on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.
The student body organized programmes at 42 different locations, including Guwahati, Tinsukia, Sadiya, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Morigaon, Koliabor, Titabor, Majuli, Bokakhat, Dhemaji, Jonai, Udalguri, Pathshala, Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Haflong and Silchar.
In Guwahati, students gathered at Latashil playground for the tribute ceremony along with a number of eminent personalities, heads of educational institutions, prominent citizens and common people, who paid floral tribute to the Rasaraj and participated in the chorus.
Speaking on the occasion, Pro Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury recalled the contributions of Bezbaroa, specially his role in providing a proper place to the Assamese language in the State and enriching Assamese literature with a variety of literature.
�There cannot be a bigger crisis for the society when its language does not get proper recognition and another language is imposed on the people. Lakshminath Bezbaroa took up a strong stance against this with Assamese language as his weapon to unite the Assamese society and reinstate its past glory,� he said.
Encouraging the younger generations to learn to respect and be proud of their identity, he said that a similar crisis is imminent now as a section of modern Assamese youths are not willing to speak proper Assamese language, read and interact in Assamese. �Language and society are inseparable and the onus lies on the younger generation to take up the legacy of Lakshminath Bezbaroa to a new height,� he added.
A similar schedule of the programme was followed at all the locations, where one eminent personality spoke on the contributions of Bezbaroa.