GUWAHATI, Aug 6 - Eminent writer-journalist and the first Jnanpith Award winning litterateur from the North East Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya was fondly remembered today on the occasion of his death anniversary at a memorial programme �Birendra Smaran� organised by the Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya Memorial Trust in association with the North East Union of Working Journalists.
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya�s name is integral to the glorious history of Assamese literature not just for his Jnanpith Award winning Mrityunjoy, Sahitya Akademi Award winning Yaruingam and a number of other critically acclaimed works, but also for his prominent role as editor of the historic Assamese literary journal Ramdhenu that subsequently became the identity of the golden era of modern Assamese literature known as the �Ramdhenu Age�.
While reminiscing about his personal association with the literary stalwart, distinguished academician Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury said Bhattacharyya was one such person whose persona left an indelible imprint on the lives of youngsters at that time. �I, as a youngster, always felt motivated and deeply inspired by his thought process and also had the good fortune to have personal association with him,� he said.
�Other than his identity as a distinguished litterateur, I believe he was a scientist deep within. He analysed all the social and literary phenomena around him with a scientific temperament. His socialist thinking and scientific reasoning explaining the most crucial and contemporary developments had people marvel at his deep insight into any subject matter,� Dr Choudhury added.
He however lamented the fact that Assamese society is still to give due recognition to its prominent figures and to remember the life and works of any such personality, the family has to take the initiative of holding memorial meets, etc.
Writer Pankaj Govind Medhi dwelt at length on the literary works, personal life and academic pursuits of Dr Bhattacharyya from the beginning of his literary journey as a poet, graduating to a renowned novelist and successfully promoting and nurturing the young Assamese literary talents through Ramdhenu.
Distinguished thinker Ripunjoy Gogoi deliberated on the journalistic aspects of Dr Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya. Binita Bhattacharyya, wife of Dr Birendra Bhattacharyya was also present on the occasion.