LAKHIMPUR: The 70th foundation day of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha was observed by the Jonai district unit of Bodo Sahitya Sabha in its head office premises, located in Jonai, on Tuesday. With the same event, the Jonai District Bodo Sahitya Sabha organized its 36th session while Simen Prathamik Bodo Sahitya Sabha organized its 22nd session.
The programme on the occasion kick-started with the unfurling of organizational flag by Jonai District Bodo Sahitya Sabha president Dilip Basumatary. Vice-president Dhaneswar Narzary conducted the swahid tarpan event while another vice-president Sourjila Owari paid floral tribute in memory of the persons who already passed away rendering their services to the Bodo Sahitya Sabha by working through various posts.
On the other hand, Mihiniswar Basumatary, the chief executive member of Bodo Kachari Welfare Autonomous Council (BKWAC), laid the foundation stone of the library and auditorium to be constructed with the fund from the council. BKWAC executive member (Education) Anil Basumatary released Rifikhang, the regular publication of Jonai district Bodo Sahitya Sabha. He also released two books of writer Lalit Chandra Brahma, titled Suburun and Bousoun Bakhri. Retired teacher Birendra Kumar Brahma released writer Dhaneswar Narzary's anthology of articles named Thunlai Bijibonai and anthology of poems named Sanjari Fithikha.
In the same event, Sanjarang Lakheswar Brahma, Jouhoulao Nileswar Brahma Award winner Birendra Kumar Brahma, retired headmaster Rajendra Brahma, former teacher Shukracharya Mussahari, Jonai District Bodo Sahitya Sabha former general secretary Molendra Owari, retired teachers Rajat Ramchiari, Rameswar Ramchiari, Amrit Ramchiari, Rameswar Bodo, Bisweswar Basumatary, Surendra Daimari along with many other retired teachers were feted. Moreover, a galaxy of meritorious students of the community, who bagged highest numbers in various subjects in different exams were also feted. Namila Kherkotari was feted for bagging gold medal in running event in Indo-Nepal Championship.
The open session of the event commenced with Dilip Basumatary in the chair and it was inaugurated by Soneswar Basumatary, the headmaster of SB Bodo High School. Nikhil Bodo Prathamik Sikshak Santha president Sobin Swargiyari attended the event as chief guest, who delivered his lecture on the role of Bodo Sahitya Sabha towards the development of Bodo language and literature since its inception.
On the other hand, United Bodo People's Organization (UBPO) State president Manoranjan Basumatary took part in the programme as appointed speaker. He lamented that the Bodo language had still not been used government records, though the language was included in the Eighth Schedule. A number of dignitaries from various Bodo community organizations participated in the programme as guests of honour.