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Writers should focus on rural issues: Shah

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KALIABOR,�Feb 3�� �The future prospects of Assamese literature will depend on how the emerging writers reflect the essence of rural Assam in their literary exploits. Too much urban-centric works are leaving an undesirable effect on Assamese literature.�

This was observed by outgoing president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Imran Shah, while talking to�The Assam Tribune�a couple of hours before formally handing over charge to newly-elected president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora.

�We have not been able to reflect the ethos of rural Assam the way we should have, which is unfortunate. Although 80 per cent of our people live in rural areas, urban lifestyle has been finding too much prominence in our literature, which saddens me.�

He further observed, �We will also have to hold and retain the quintessence of different indigenous tribes of Assam to achieve a sustained growth of our literary traditions. This is one of the biggest challenges that lies before us.�

Shah said the growth and expansion of Assamese literature would find a new definition �if we can attract professionals like doctors, engineers and even scientists to literature.�

Shah said, �During my tenure, I tried to create a conducive atmosphere for creative exercise. Today when I look back and ponder, I think I succeeded in doing that to a large extent. I feel I could restore people�s faith in the Sahitya Sabha.�

On children�s literature, Shah said there had been virtually no growth in the sphere. �Our children know about cartoon characters like �Chota Bheem� more than their own folklores. There is an aggression being witnessed,� he said, adding, �During my tenure, I succeeded in impressing upon the parents to inculcate the habit of reading quality books in their wards.�

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Writers should focus on rural issues: Shah

KALIABOR,�Feb 3�� �The future prospects of Assamese literature will depend on how the emerging writers reflect the essence of rural Assam in their literary exploits. Too much urban-centric works are leaving an undesirable effect on Assamese literature.�

This was observed by outgoing president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Imran Shah, while talking to�The Assam Tribune�a couple of hours before formally handing over charge to newly-elected president Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora.

�We have not been able to reflect the ethos of rural Assam the way we should have, which is unfortunate. Although 80 per cent of our people live in rural areas, urban lifestyle has been finding too much prominence in our literature, which saddens me.�

He further observed, �We will also have to hold and retain the quintessence of different indigenous tribes of Assam to achieve a sustained growth of our literary traditions. This is one of the biggest challenges that lies before us.�

Shah said the growth and expansion of Assamese literature would find a new definition �if we can attract professionals like doctors, engineers and even scientists to literature.�

Shah said, �During my tenure, I tried to create a conducive atmosphere for creative exercise. Today when I look back and ponder, I think I succeeded in doing that to a large extent. I feel I could restore people�s faith in the Sahitya Sabha.�

On children�s literature, Shah said there had been virtually no growth in the sphere. �Our children know about cartoon characters like �Chota Bheem� more than their own folklores. There is an aggression being witnessed,� he said, adding, �During my tenure, I succeeded in impressing upon the parents to inculcate the habit of reading quality books in their wards.�