GUWAHATI, Aug 26 - Glowing tributes were paid to the memory of Sibananda Sarma, eminent anthropologist and expert on Goalporiya language and culture, at a function held at the Swahid Bhawan today under the presidentship of senior journalist DN Chakravarty.
Dr Rabin Deb Choudhury, retired Director General of Indian Museum, who addressed the function as the chief guest and also released a voluminous compilation of various writings of Sarma, dwelt at length on the importance of archeology and history in the promotion of culture and linguistic identity of a community.
Dr Choudhury described Sarma as a relentless scholar who unearthed a large number of historical facts about the undivided Goalpara hitherhto unknown to the Assamese historians.
Presiding over the meeting, senior journalist DN Chakrvarty described Sibananda Sarma as a inquisitive scholar who did not confine his realm of enquiry only to historian culture but enlarged his domain in the field of travelogue, historical significance of a large number of pilgrim spots and ancient monuments and temples spread all over the country.
Sankar Das, well-known social worker, in his speech said that Sarma explored the unknown facts regarding the large number of sattras in north Bengal and over 20 sattras spread all over Bangladesh.
Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner, Barpeta, recalled his association with Sarma and referred to his contributions towards the study and research of various historical sites of western and lower Assam. Dr Haricharan Das of Bilasipara College, Lalit Hazarika of Chachal Sahitya Sabha, Gayatri Barua, daughter of the late Sibananda Sarma, and Dr Upen Rabha Hakacham were also present on the occasion.