GUWAHATI, Sept 21 � Tributes were paid to Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa and his stellar contributions recalled at a commemorative function held at Sonapur on the city outskirts under the joint auspices of Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha and Sonapur Sahitya Sabha.
The meeting was presided over by short-story writer Riju Hazarika.
Addressing the function as the chief guest, veteran journalist DN Chakravartty said that no Assamese writer would ever venture to enter the domain of active literary life without being introduced to the writings of Bezbaroa whose creative genius encompassed all fields of the modern Assamese literature.
Chakravartty said that although popularly known as a humourist and a story writer, Bezbaroa exhibited his intellectual excellence through his monumental works on the lives and teachings of saints Sankardev and Madhabdev, and also on the basic teachings of Indian philosophy.
The appointed speakers, Prof Mohini Mohan Deka and Rumi Doloi, in their speeches, dwelt extensively on the colossal contributions of Bezbaroa in enriching the entire gamut of modern Assamese literature covering drama, short-story, poetry, satire, and philosophical thoughts.
Dr Debabrata Khanikar, principal of Sonapur College, released a souvenir brought out in the memory of Reena Devi, an educationist of Sonapur.
Earlier, Upen Bora, president of Sonapur Sahitya Sabha, welcomed the guests while Karuna Kanta Barman, assistant secretary, Kamrup Mahanagar Zila Sahitya Sabha, explained the purpose of the meeting.
Riju Hazarika regaled the house with his humorous remarks on the quality of humour and satire of Bezbaroa.