Sabha must promote diverse cultures: Mamoni

GUWAHATI, Feb 10 :  Asserting that the Asam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) needs to improve its image amongst the masses of the country, Jnanpeeth awardee Dr Indira (Mamoni Raisam) Goswami today said that the apex literary body of the State should put in a rejuvenated effort to promote further the diverse cultures of the State. Goswami, while speaking during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Asom Cultural University in Chachal, said, "I mostly stay outside the State and people there hardly know about the Sabha. The aspects that find ear outside the State are not which we can take pride in."

"The Sabha is not about a handful of people and so people from all walks of life should come forward to strengthen the apex literary body," the noted writer said.

"The concept of setting up the university is really commendable and it is biggest achievement of Sabha till date. I hope the university would go a long way in promoting the real and undiscovered aspects of our culture," she added.

Dr Goswami also pointed out the need for laying special stress on the history of lower Assam and translation works both by the Sabha and the State Government.

Music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who was supposed to lay the foundation stone of the university, could not make it on health ground.

ASS president Kanak Sen Deka read out Hazarika's written speech.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, State Education Minister Gautam Bora said that the university would emerge as a platform, which will showcase Assamese culture in the global milieu.

"Efforts should be made by the Sabha to draw young people and the university would play a pivotal role in ensuring the same. It is only when we would be able to drive the interest of the young minds towards the uniqueness of our culture, then we would consider ourselves successful.

Besides, research works would also get due importance under the university," Bora asserted.

"The State Government would leave no stone turned to facilitate setting up of the university," he said.

ASS president Kanak Sen Deka, while speaking on the occasion, thanked VK Pipersenia, Principal Secretary, State Revenue department for coming up with the idea of setting up a cultural university in the State.

A host of noted personalities and Sabha members were also present on the occasion.