FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SIVASAGAR, January 23: Commemorating the birth centery celebration of noted litterateur, Parliamentarian and a great son of Assam Late Hem Baruah, the Xahitya Akademi and Sibsagar Commerce College jointly organized a semir on January 22 at the Sibsagar Commerce College Auditorium. The semir was iugurated by the president of Axom Xahitya Xabha Imran Shah. In his welcome address, Shah shared his past memory and association with Hem Baruah and revealed his true greatness. The key–note address of the semir was delivered by noted litterateur and convener of Assamese Advisory Board of Xahitya Akademi Dr. Karabi Deka Hazarika. She emphasized the need to organize more such programmes and in a bigger way on Hem Baruah and his contribution to the Assamese society.
The first technical session of the semir was chaired by noted litterateur Basanta Goswami. The first speaker of this session Ajit Bharali , assistant Professor of ADP College, discussed the use of images and symbols in Baruah’s poetry and Eliot’s influence on him. Dr. Jyoti Prasad Saikia of Dibrugarh University discussed the contents of his non–fictiol works and particularly his Red River and Blue Hills. Dr Rashmi Rekha Gogoi of Sibsagar Girls’ College spoke at length about Barua’s travelogues and how they helped readers to understand the condition of women in Indian society.
The second session of the semir was chaired by Soram Barua, retired principal of Sibsagar Girls’ college. Chandan Sarma, in the second session, discussed the political life of Hem Baruah and described him as a revolutiory. Another speaker, Sanjibpol Deka, spoke about Baruah’s philosophy and described him as an avid socialist person. The valedictory session of the semir was chaired by noted litterateur Khagendra th Bhuyan. In this session, the editor of ‘Asom bani’ Dilip Chandan praised the host college for taking the initiative and requested the higher educatiol institutions of the State to bring Hem Baruah’s contribution to centre stage in this centery year. He regretted that the joint platform of Parliamentarians of Northeast have not taken any initiative for the great son of the North–east. The officer–in–charge of Xahitya Akademi Goutam Paul from Kolkata appreciated the role played by Hem Baruah during his life–time and hoped that this birth centery year of Hem Baruah will help in rediscovering him. KC Dutta, former principal, stressed the need of including Hem Baruah’s work at the UG–level curriculum of the State universities. Noted poet Prem Gogoi thanked the authorities for providing such a platform for enlightening the audience about Hem Baruah.
Dr. Saumar Jyoti Mahanta, principal, Sibsagar Commerce College, gave the vote of thanks as the host and hoped that may more such programmes will be organized in future.