LAKHIMPUR: On the auspicious occasion of the completion of glorious 14 years of Charoiveti, the terminal literary magazine regularly published from Lakhimpur, a unique programme was organized in a befitting manner on the New Year’s Day.
The programme titled ‘Sudinar Sankalpa’ was organized on the Ranganadi bank near the RCC bridge under the auspices of the Charoiveti Publication along with Sabda, an institution of literary practice, with a view to take resolution for bring good days to the State in the upcoming year.
The programme, held under the management of Charoiveti editor Kalyani Chakraborti Gogoi and Sabda secretary Bubul Hazarika, began with the lighting of ceremonial lamps by senior poet Ponaram Gandhia, Asit Ranjan Chakraborti, poet Atiqur Rahman and Sanjib Upadhyay. At the advent of the programme, deep homage was paid to the martyrs of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) agitation - Dipanjal Sonowal, Sam Stafford, Dwijendra Panging, Iswar Nayak and Abdul Alim.
Condolence was also expressed on the demise of Ratna Ojah, the prominent literary figure and dramatist of the State. In this regard, one-minute silence was observed to pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul. It was followed by a Borgeet performed by artiste Pranab Jyoti Saikia.
Charoiveti House felicitated noted writer Samsul Barik of Sivsagar, literary activist-journalist Liladhar Pathak of Nalbari and sport organizer, and theatre personality Arun Kumar Dutta of Lakhimpur for their tremendous contribution to building the society through their field of work. They are feted with gamosa, xarai, bundle of books, citation and Bihu musical instruments like taka, gagana and sutuli. Youth activist Jibanta Saikia was also feted in the programme for leading a unique intellectual movement by establishing library in the rural areas. Charoiveti House donated a number of books for the libraries to be established.
Writer Samsul Barik delivered a thought-provoking speech analyzing the present situation of the State. He expressed his concern over the political scenario which had led the State to a stirring situation in order to safeguard the existence of the Assamese community. “All the people of this land want to live as assimilated and integrated Assamese, enriched by the ideologies of Siu-Ka-Pha, Sankardeva, Madhvdeva and Ajan Fakir, not divided by vested politics,” he stated. Liladhar Pathak and Arun Kumar Dutta also delivered speeches in the programme.
In the same programme, Padma Shri Dr. Uddhab Kumar Bhorali and poet Tafiqur Rahman jointly released a book on traditional Assamese cuisine titled Tholua Pitha-Pona, Laru aru Jalpan Prastut Pranali written by Dipanjali Dutta. On the other hand, researcher of folk-culture, Dr Amarendra Gogoi released Loka Aitijya, Axom aru Srihatta, a research-level historical book based on Srihatta district and Assam, authored by Kalyani Chakraborti Gogoi.
In the programme, several poets like Surajit Pathak, Ranjit Kakati, Sanjib Upadhyay, Atiur Rahman, Hafija Begum and Chakra Gogoi recited self-composed poetry. Vocal artistes Prabin Gogoi, Mridul Baruah, Bonti Lekharu, Mridupaban Borah and many others presented revolutionary songs. Samsul Barik inaugurated a recording of Bubul Hazarika’s poetry recited by Chakra Gogoi.
Notably, the opposition against CAA was reflected in the programme with the silent display of placards against the Act demanding the withdrawal of the Act.