AMGURI, Dec 28 � A two-day programme to commemorate the 17th conclusive session of the Sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha was held on December 22 and 23 at the historic Gaurisagar Bor-Raja Phuleswari Kunwari Kshetra (Gaurisagar HS Industrial Institute premises).
�I am a busy man. To give a new dimension to the Asam Sahitya Sabha, people have elected me at a crucial period of time in order to carry out the heavy responsibilities of the apex literary organisation of Assam. I have to honour the faith reposed in me by serving the literary organisation in my full capacity. My heart has embraced the love and affection bestowed by the people. I will accept the honour at a time only when the works will be completed,� said eminent litterateur Imran Shah after being felicitated by the Sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha as the newly-elected president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha on the first day of the two-day session of the Sabha unit.
The litterateur released more than 20 books of different writers at the session. Outgoing president Sonaram Boruah started the first day�s programme by hoisting the Zila Sahitya Sabha flag. At the same time, 16 more flags were also hoisted in the spot. Besides, book fair and exhibition, a seminar on the subject, �Assamese literature and Science & Technology� and an interaction among writers were also held on the first day.
On the second day, Jatindra Lahkar, DC of Sivasagar, flagged off the Swahid Sangbadik Kamalananda Saikia Sonwarani Sanskritik Shobhayatra.
The open session on the second day was presided over by litterateur and the newly-elected president of the Sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha and was inaugurated by Anjan Dutta, the managing director of Ajir Dainik Batori and MLA of Amguri LAC.
Dutta delivered a short speech on the occasion. Appointed speaker Dr Malini, retired scientist of NEIST, in her speech, said that the new generation�s attitude towards Assamese literature seems to be disappointing. �The value of literature is higher than that of gold. If they do not pay attention to literature by shunning materialistic mentality, the future of Assamese literature will be very deplorable,� she remarked.
Being present as the guests of honour in the meeting, the vice president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Bhupen Saikia, former presidents of the SZSS Prema Gogoi (poet), Durlov Buragohain (story writer), ex-joint secretary of the AJYCP Biswajit Tipomia and others delivered speeches.
In the prize distribution function presided over by writer Khagen Boruah (ex-principal), the prizes of different competitions were distributed among the winners.