LAKHIMPUR: “Book is like a sharp axe that paves the way of wisdom by cutting the hard ice of ignorance. Dhakuakhana has made a good name in the intellectual field of the State. The intellectual society of the subdivision has been glorified by Homen Borgohain, the son of this soil. This book fair will herald a new horizon in the intellectual movement of the State,” said noted litterateur and columnist Dr. Nirmal Sahewala in Dhakuakhana on Tuesday.
He made this statement while inaugurating the Dhakuakhana Book Fair-2020, organized to attract the young generation towards books. Dr Sahewala further stated, “A profound mental pleasure can be attained by studying books which cannot be derived from any other thing. The revolution of reading books in the State must be continued by each and every book fair organized in the State.”
Notably, the agenda of the event which has been organized in Dhakuakhana for the first time ever with a five-day long programme, began with the unfurling of flag by the book fair organizing committee president Dr. Girin Gogoi in festive environment. It was followed by the smriti tarpan event conducted by secretary Ritu Kumar Das and working president Bidya Dutta. The cultural stage was inaugurated by vocal artiste Maini Gogoi with a Borgeet. Eminent poet Shiva Prashad Gogoi formally opened the main gate of the book fair.
“Books are the invaluable wealth of the human civilization. Those who are unable to appreciate the value of this wealth are like little kids,” said Shiva Prashad Gogoi in connection with his speech. Vice-Chancellor of Majuli Cultural University, Dr. Dambarudhar Nath graced the inaugural session as the chief guest. He delivered an elaborate lecture highlighting the colourful culture of Dhakuakhana enriched with Phata Bihu. He appealed to the promising Dhakuakhana writers to enrich the Assamese literature with investigative and research works.
A good number of book publishing houses of the State, including Mising Xahitya Xabha, have taken part in the book fair with their stalls. A quiz competition among the students, students’ interaction programme with Padma Shri Dr Uddhav Bharali, book release programme, poets’ meet to be chaired by Puspa Gogoi and cultural programme will be held on Wednesday as part of the second day’s agenda of the event.