From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh, March 24: “Lokendra th Bhattacharyya, a grandson of Sibath Bhattacharyya, and founder of Bhattacharyya Agency (1886), one of the oldest publication houses in the Northeast, was a pioneer in publishing many a books on folk-songs, folk-tales, ballads, rhymes as well as religion and tradition. The Assamese people should remember Bhattacharyya, who had intimacy with a lots of Assamese litterateurs as well as scholars of the Joki period, for his services rendered towards the society,” said Prof. Prafulla Kumar th while releasing the souvenir at a function held in memory of Lokendra th Bhattacharyya on the occasion of his adya shraddha at a function held here at the Chiring Chapori residence of the renowned publisher.
Prof. Mukul Kumar Sarma, who chaired the function, also hailed the efforts of Bhattacharyya as well as Bhattacharyya Agency for being able to maintain the 130-year long healthy tradition of book publishing in spite of many a hurdle. Alak Adhikary, proprietor, NL Publication, Guwahati also graced the function and opined that Bhattacharyya’s publication house was pioneer in the field of book publishing, not only in Assam or the Northeast, but it was one of the few heritage publications of the country. bajyoti Dutta, Head, Department of Assamese at DHSK Commerce College and Poran Bokul Baruah, social-worker also attended the function.
Bhattacharyya’s eldest son Shantanu Bhattacharyya and family members Mirbha Bhattacharyya, Baishvee Bhattacharyya and Akangkhya Goswami also took part in the function which was aptly anchored by educationist Kailash Sarmah.
Earlier, radio-artist Ranju Bhattacharyya started the function with a mangalacharan.