JAGIROAD, Oct 8 - The Jagiroad unit of the Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh organised a function to observe its 18th foundation day on October 6 on the premises of the Kalamandir here.
On this occasion, the unit organised a popular talk on the subject �Status of women in India through the ages and its reflection in literature�. Delivering the talk, Dr Minakshi Tamuli, a faculty of the Department of Assamese, Mayong Anchalik Mahavidyalaya, said that the womenfolk play an effective role in society in maintaining both order and stability and this role is all the more evident in the Indian society.
At the outset, she referred to depiction of the social status of women in Vedic literature. It was a mixed stance, she said, while observing that with mankind�s intellectual growth in later times, women struggled to gain due recognition in terms of their identity.
According to her, Assam, in particular, has been exemplary in according due social recognition to women. She especially cited from the works of Madhav Kandali, Sankaradeva and Madhavdeva to validate the same. In recent times, many writers have chosen to take the issues regarding women for themes of their writings. In Assam, Late Mamoni Raisom Goswami added a special dimension in adoption of fiction writings over the status of women, she said.
The foundation day function was also attended by Dr Dipak Jyoti Baruah, secretary, Jagiroad Sakha Sahitya Sabha, as another invited guest. In his speech, Dr Baruah upheld the enterprise and efforts of the Lekhika Samaroh in the fulfilment of a social, intellectual, cultural and literary awakening among the women in Assam. The foundation day function was conducted by Bhanu Bhuyan Majumdar, president of the unit, in which office-bearers of the unit Chitralekha Bora, Dibya Ahom Deka, Ribha Bharali, including the central committee publicity secretary Akon Devi, also spoke on various aspects. Earlier, Rupjyoti Baruah, secretary of the unit, spoke about the objectives of the function.
A cultural function was also organised by the unit members on the occasion.