GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � The significance of festivals in the life of a nation was discussed at the 214th sitting of the �Alochana Chakra� of the Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha (BPSS) held under the presidentship of social worker Urmila Chakravarty.
Dr Bhabendranath Deva Sarma, outgoing secretary of the BPSS, in his report, dwelt on the achievements of the Sahitya Sabha during the last two years.
Usharani Deka read out the proceedings of the last meeting while Madhuchanda Talukdar gave a review of the articles poems and short stories read out in the last meeting.
Participating in the discussion, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said that although the Bohag Bihu is celebrated traditionally for a week or so and the Magh Bihu is celebrated only for a couple of days, the influence of modern media has lengthened the duration of the Bohag Bihu to a about eight weeks while that of the Magh Bihu to over three weeks.
Pranab Khound, retired Commissioner, in his article, narrated the life and teachings of Ajan Fakir and mentioned his contributions towards building up a cohesive society. Mahendra Bora, in his article, discussed the danger faced by several languages due to their numerical weakness and observed that there was no danger of extinction of the Assamese language as it had a strong base with dictionary, grammar, and a healthy literary tradition.
The meeting hosted by Runu Devi Sarma was participated by Devaprasad Talukdar, Ranajit Sutradhar, Mafizuddin Ahmed, Rupali Bora Rajkhowa, Urmila Kalita, and Ruma Rajkhowa.
The meeting also felicitated Jyotirmoy Chakravarty who is also a member of BPSS, on his being appointed as the first Police Commissioner of Guwahati Metropolitan city.
Urmila Chakravarty, in her speech, thanked the members for their cooperation offered during the last two years.