FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Jorhat, Dec 13: “Poem recitation is an art. It increases self-confidence of children for their development. We should practice poem recitation for our mental growth,” said Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhary, prominent litterateur, educationist and former Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University while addressing children and their parents at Jorhat Book Fair on Tuesday.
Sharing various events of his childhood, Dr. Choudhary said, “When I was started school I was not a brilliant student. I was of course a mediocre. My father wrote a poem for me explaining the life and works of some great men like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Lachit Borphukan. I started recitation of this poem when I was at Class II and built up my self confidence. Later I found that recitation of poem helped me to go ahead in my career. Since then, poem recitation became one of my hobbies and it is with me till today.”
Choudhary, who was invited to the ongoing book fair to recite one of his popular poems Ata Gan Hesh Hol, written and recited on Assamese legendary singer Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s demise.
Earlier 40 children from different parts in the district recited different poems in the programme titled ‘Abritir Abali’ (An afternoon of recitation). The programme was organized under the joint initiative of Asom Abriti Mancha and Kabya Kanon. The programme was moderated by litterateur Shantisaya Saikia.