FROM A CORRESPONDENT
TEZPUR, Feb 12: The five-day Tezpur book fair and ethnic food festival christened as “Tezpur Grantha Utsav”, organised by the Sonitpur district AASU in association with the Tezpur Anchalick AASU, started from Wednesday at Neheru Maidan here.
Altogether, 20 frontline publications from across the State including Bani Mandir, Arunudoi, Vidya Mandir, MR Publication, Satirtha, Bar, Vidya Bhawan, Anil Baruah Publication, and several others, participated in the book fair.
Noted social worker and former president of Tezpur Sahitya Sabha, retired professor Purneshwar th iugurating the event, said that book is the last shelter of thought of the human being. In the process of human civilisation, books have been playing a significant role over the years.
Referring to the feedback of book fairs frequently held in Kolkata, he said that Chandra Prashad Saikia was the pathfinder of book fair in Assam.
Taking part as distinguished guest in the event, Vice-Principal of Darrang College, Dr Gahan Mahanta, said that electronic media can never malign the popularity of the books. Referring to the popularity of rural library culture during the past, he also said that till now Darrang College has been preserving 50,000 books in its library.
Appreciating AASU’s endeavour in organising such event, secretary of Tezpur Sahitya Sabha, Pankaj Baruah, urged the office-bearers of organisation to play a commendable role in taking forward the society to a right direction by organising such programmes in the days to come.
The event, conducted by noted writer and jourlist Meru Mithu Kataki, was graced by noted historian Madhab Chandra Das, retired teacher Benudhar Kakoti, among others.