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Pomp, gaiety mark AXX centery celebrations

FROM A CORRESPONDENT

JOYSAGAR, Feb 9: After the ugly incident relating to manhandling of Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX)’s former secretary general Paramanda Rajbongshi by an angry mob at Jerenga Pathar of Sivasagar on Wednesday, the centery celebrations of the Xabha got under way at the historic venue with festive spirit.

On the second day of the celebrations on Thursday, 99 flags and the main flag of the centery festival were formally hoisted by 100 dignitaries of Assamese art and literature in the morning. This was followed by floral tributes to great martyrs of the Xabha who embraced death for the cause of the tion. The flags were hoisted by Xabha advisors Dr Dipak Sarma, Dr Hitesh Deka and Dr Mridul Hazarika. Swahid tarpan was offered by AASU general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi.

Xabha representatives and dignitaries coming from various parts of the State formally registered their mes in the centery session register. This was iugurated by Silpa-Guru and Xatradhikar of Khatpar Xatra, Rebakanta Mahanta. The statues of Xahitya Kandari Padma th Gohain Baruah, Bhasar Oja Hem Chandra Baruah, former Xabha president Sarat Chandra Goswami, Sudhakantha Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Jnpith award winner Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami were formally unveiled by eminent persolities at the premises of Padmath Gohain Baruah Khetra.

The centery special executive meeting also began on Thursday. Acting AXX general secretary Abani Mohan Sahariya and acting AXX working president Prahlad Tasa took part in the meeting.

A women’s magazine Akash and a children’s magazine Kuhi were formally released by Dr Parag Thakur and Deben Ch Basumatary. In the evening, a mega cultural event was performed by artistes of NE Zol Cultural Centre, Suror Dewel in Bolairam Sepati-Hari Prasad Gorkha Mancha.

This apart, a bhao was also staged by artistes of Kamalabari Xatra in the evening. It was formally iugurated by Sri Sri Paramanda Kakati Borbayan of Kamalabari Xatra of Majuli.

In the morning session, 1,000 girls sang the AXX song Siro Senehi Mor Bhasha Jani which added extra colour to the programme. Apart from visitors coming from other States, foreigners are also taking part in this great literary festival of the State.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the venue of the festival following the assault on Rajbongshi on Wednesday.

Jerenga Pathar, situated in the greater Joysagar area of Sivasagar district, has a significant place in Assam history as the place of supreme sacrifice of Sati Joimoti.