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Contributions of Dr than Brown recalled

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 Jun 2017 12:00 AM GMT

From our Staff Correspondent

Dibrugarh, June 22: The Assamese department of DHSK Commerce College here in association with the Interl Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the institution on Thursday remembered the American Baptist missiory who compiled the second Assamese grammar Grammatical Notices of Assamese Language published by the American Baptist Missiory Press in 1848 and was instrumental in bringing out the first Assamese newspaper Orunodoi in 1846 and editing the same for long nine years.

The programme was organized to mark the 210th birth anniversary of Dr (Rev.) than Brown (June 22, 1807—1 Jan, 1886). A talk on ‘Role of than Brown and his associates in development of Assamese language’ was held on the occasion. Delivering the talk as the chief guest, amidst a mixed gathering of students as well as faculty members of the host institution and teachers from nearby colleges , Dr. Arpa Konwar, noted linguist and Professor, Assamese department, Dibrugarh University, urged the people of Assam to remember the great persolities like Dr. Brown, who apart from religious activities, tried to give the people of Assam a new lease of life in regard of language, literature as well as scientific attitude. By publishing Orunodoi, Brown and his associates immensely contributed towards recovering the government language status of ‘Assamese’, which was replaced by ‘Bengali’ by the then British rulers during 1836-1872. Dwelling on Brown’s activities, Dr. Konwar gave a detailed account of the activities of Dr. Brown and his close aides, including bringing out the first Assamese newspaper Orunodoi, publishing of the second Assamese grammar book on his own effort as well as helping in translating and publishing of other relevant books by others. She also hailed the efforts taken by the Department of Assamese of the college for remembering this great missiory who sacrificed a lot for the betterment of the greater Assamese society.

It may be recalled that the great missiory contributed a lot in publishing of works of many a contemporary Assamese intellectuals including Axom Buranji (History of Assam) in 1844 by Kashith Tamuly Phukon, Mathematics in two parts in 1845 by Bokul Kayastha, Chutia Buranji in 1850. He also took a key role in translating the New Testament by Atmaram Sharma into Assamese. Dr. Brown, credited with translating some prayers in the Bible jointly with his colleagues also published the Assamese version of the book Jesus Christ and his holy messages.

Dr. KM Bhagawati, Principal of the college chaired the function. bajyoti Dutta, HoD, Assamese department of the college who planned and chalked out the programme stated the aim and objective of remembering the great missiory. Dr. Tanka Prasad Upadhyaya, Co-orditor, IQAC offered the vote of thanks.

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