GUWAHATI, Sep 1 - Glowing tributes were paid to the memory of eminent Assamese writer and first Assamese woman magistrate Suchibrata Rai Choudhury on her 85th birthday held at the Ambikagiri Memorial Old Age Home at Pathar Quarry today.
Jugabrata Dutta, working president of the Ambikagiri Trust explained the purpose of the function, while Biswa Dutta, president of the Trust dwelt at length on how Suchibrata Rai Choudhury conceived the idea of an old age home and built the organisation to accommodate about 40 elderly people, both men and women hailing from different parts of the North-east.
Addressing the function, which is also observed as a common birthday of all the inmates of the old age home, DN Chakravartty described Dina Bandhabi Rai Choudhury as a model for Assamese modern women. Besides being a strong advocate of women�s emancipation, Suchibrata Rai Choudhury also wielded a powerful pen to describe the hopes and aspirations and frustrations and agonies of men and women coming from different socio-economic backgrounds. He said Rai Choudhury set an example how modern Assamese women could shoulder with equal competence administrative and social tasks like their male counterparts.
Manju Dutta Baruah introduced the inmates to the audience. A birthday cake was cut by three senior inmates in presence of distinguished ladies like Mridula Saharia, Suniti Sonowal and Eli Ahmed.
Tarali Sarma and Arundhati Choudhury presented Borgeet and Goalparia Geet, while D Rai Choudhury played the violin. Dr Jayashree Bora offered the vote of thanks.