GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - The sixth Dinabandhavi Suchibrata Roychoudhury memorial social service award was presented to Kshiroda Bujarbaruah at a function held at the Ambikagiri Roychoudhury Memorial Old-age Home at Patharquarry today.
The function was held under the presidentship of Biswa Dutta, architect and president of the old-age home committee.
Kshiroda Bujarbaruah is a social activist of Nalbari and wife of late Dr Nripendra Malla Bujarbaruah.
Presenting the award comprising, among other things, Rs 15,000 in cash, Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, former vice chancellor of Gauhati University, said that through her illustrious and dedicated life - both as the first woman magistrate of Assam and as a writer and social reformer, Dinabandhavi Suchibrata Roychoudhury did yeoman�s service towards enrichment of Assamese literature in diverse genres such as poetry, novel, articles and translation of monumental works.
Dr Choudhury also mentioned the dedicated services rendered by Dinabandhavi Roychoudhury for amelioration of the sufferings of the underprivileged sections of the people and for upholding the rights of women.
Releasing the special commemorative issue of Amar Ghar and a book by an old-age home inmate, senior journalist DN Chakravartty referred to the thoughts and ideas, and the revolutionary outlook which inspired Dinabandhavi Roychoudhury to fight for the cause of the deprived sections of society.
Bujarbaruah, in her acceptance speech, acknowledged the support and inspiration she had received from Dinabandhavi Roychoudhury in rendering services to the people and referred to the great revolutionary ideals of her father Ambikagiri Roychoudhury that inspired her to build up her own dedicated life.
Earlier, Manju Dutta Baruah, general secretary of the Ambikagiri old-age home, welcomed the guests and explained the purpose of the function.
Child artiste Ipsita Choudhury regaled the audience with her melodious songs.
Dinesh Barman, retired bureaucrat, described Dinabandhavi Roychoudhury as one of the noblest examples of Indian womanhood. Karuna Dutta Choudhury, general secretary of the Ambikagiri Memorial Trust, offered the vote of thanks.