GUWAHATI, April 30 � The 150th birth anniversary of legendary Assamese writer Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa was celebrated by the Cotton College State University (CCSU) yesterday with a plethora of programmes, including lectures, songs and poem recitations.
The function started at 10.30 am with lighting of lamps by Professor DJ Saikia, Vice Chancellor of CCSU.
Dr Rajen Saikia, retired Professor of Nowgong Girls� College, and Professor Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami of Gauhati University delivered lectures on the contributions of Bezbaroa.
Highlighting the contributions of Bezbaroa on the development of modern Assamese language, Dr Saikia said that Bezbaroa taught the Assamese people to love their mother language.
He also said that Bezbaroa was one of the founders of Assamese nationalism.
Delivering a lecture on the importance of teachings of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Prof Dev Goswami said that Bezbaroa�s contributions stood tall and helped take Assamese literature and language to new heights.
�He was a great optimistic leader in colonial Assam. He encouraged the people to work for all-round development of Assam,� he said.
CCSU Vice Chancellor Prof Saikia expressed deep respect to the legendary writer and said that the people of Assam became intellectually rich due to the writings of Bezbaroa.
On this occasion, a book titled Sahityarathir Sahitya Bichar, edited by Dr Maheswar Kalita, was released.
The student artists of CCSU, led by Priyanki Bora, secretary (cultural) of Cotton University Students� Union, and guest artist Ranjan Bezbaroa performed songs and poems of Bezbaroa.
Professor Lutta Hanum Selina Begum anchored the programme.