Assam Sahitya Sabha

A picturesque image of main entrance of the 10th Annual Special Convention of Assam Sahitya Sabha held at Raha, Nagaon, on 1st, 2nd 3rd of February 2019.

Assam Sahitya Sabha
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Official logo of Assam Sahitya Sabha
MottoChiro Chenehi Mor Bhasha Jononi
(translation: My mother tongue - My eternal love)
FormationDecember 1917; 101 years ago (1917-12)
TypeLiterary organization
PurposeTo promote the culture and literature of Assam
HeadquartersChandrakanta Handique Bhawan, Jorhat, Assam
Official language
Assamese
President
Paramananda Rajbongshi[1]
Websitehttp://asamsahityasabhasatabarsha.com
Formerly called
Oxomiya Bhaxa Unnati Xadhini Xobha

The Assam Sahitya Sabha (Assamese: অসম সাহিত্য সভা, lit. 'Literary Society of Assam') is a non Government, non profit, literary organisation of Assam. It was founded in December 1917 in Assam, India to promote the culture of Assam and Assamese literature. Presently it has about one thousand branches all over Assam and also outside the state. The central office is at Jorhat, a city of historical importance. The branches and the district units also have their offices in their respective places.[2] A branch of the organisation named Singapore Sahitya Sabha is launched in Singapore on July 28, 2019.[3]

History[edit]

Till 1826 AD. Assam was ruled mainly by Ahom and Koch dynasties. In 1826, Assam came under the rule of the British, and in the process it had become a part of the political map of India. Of course Assam was always an integral part of the cultural map of India.

However, the history of modern Assam, modern Assamese language and literature and culture found their starting points in the early part of the 19th century. Since 1872 some efforts were made to build up some organisations to work for the development of Assamese language, literature and culture of the modern period.

Assam Sahitya Sabha was the final results of all those efforts. In 1917 it came into being. The first conference was held in the month of December 1917 under the presidency of Padmanath Gohain Baruah, a big name in the history of modern Assamese literature. Sarat Chandra Goswami was the first secretary of the Sabha.[4] Since then the annual conference, nowadays biennial, is held with great pomp and grandeur, and a writer of high reputation is elected to the presidency of the Society.

Before formal formation of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Sahitya Kandari Padmanath Gohain Baruah had established Kohima Sahitya Sabha at kohima, Nagaland, in the month of December 1895. Padma Nath Gohain Baruah was Founder Secretary and a Bengali Gentlemen Mr. Nabin Chandra Bhattacherjee was the Founder President. There was an Office Building at the Heart of the Kohima Town, which was known as "LAL GHAR" due to painting with Red color. ( See Mor Xuworon, biography of Padma Nath Gohain Baruah). Late Govinda Chandra Paira, Dhan Bahadur Sonar and Hari Prasad Gorkha Rai were the main product of Kohima Sahitya Sabha, who were Honored by awarding Literary Pension by the Assam Government. The Kohima Sahitya Sabha is still alive (till Nov. 2013). It has an own Bhawan at P.R.Hill, Kohima, Opposite Nagaland Police Headquarters. The Bhawan was exchanged by the Nagaland Government with the earlier one, which was known as LAL GHAR and taken by the Nagaland Government in the year 1978.

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Sahitya Sabha festivals[edit]

The conference of the Asam Sahitya Sabha is held biennially. First conference of Asam Sahitya Sabha was held at Sivasagar, Assam. It has become a big literary festival, unique in its character, which is attended by thousands of people. The writers of the state assemble, exchange their views and address the people.[5] Except regular biennially seasons in 2000 and 2002 special session was held at Jorhat and Kalgachia.[6] On 31 January 1–4 February 2013 at Biswaratna Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Samannay Khetra, Barpeta Road, an administrative circle of Barpeta District of Assam. The Sabha's 2015 session held at Kaliabor, Nagaon.[7][8] The current conference will be held in Padmanath Gohain Baruah Khetra, Rupahi-Jerenga Pathar, Rudrasagar, Sivasagar from 8 to 12 February 2017.

Asam Sahitya Sabha Patrika[edit]

Asam Sahitya Sabha Patrika (Assamese: অসম সাহিত্য সভা পত্ৰিকা; Ôxôm Xahityô Xôbha Pôtrika) is an official journal of the Asam Sahitya Sabha. The first issue was appeared in October 1927. Chandradhar Barua was the founder editor of the journal.[9]

Objectives[edit]

  1. To make all round development of the Assamese language, literature and the culture of the State.
  2. Publications of Dictionary, Research works, monographs on languages, literature, culture, tribes and races etc., books on literary criticism, complete works of the great writers of Assam etc.
  3. To enquire, collect and research on ancient literature of the State of Assam.
  4. To provide financial help to the deserving writers who cannot afford to publish their books and literature for financial stringency.
  5. To promote music, art and sculpture of the State.
  6. To bring out leaflets, pamphlets etc. in order to publicize the Assamese language and literature.
  7. To promote exchange plans and schemes between Literature and Culture.
  8. To do such work which helps in expanding development of Assamese Language, Literature and Culture.

Presidents[edit]

The first president of Asam Sahitya Sabha was Padmanath Gohain Baruah during the inaugural conference at Sibsagar in 1917.

Entrance of Asam Sahitya Sabha Adhibeshan, Barpetaroad, 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr Bora Sahitya Sabha president". Assam Times. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Asam Sahitya Sabha is the foremost and the most popular organization of Assam". Vedanti.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Assam Sahitya Sabha branch now in Singapore". G Plus. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Asom Sahitya Sabha: The topmost Literary Organization of Assam - Assam". Assamspider.com. 2 August 2010. Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  5. ^ Amaresh Datta (1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: devraj to jyoti. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 1725–. ISBN 978-81-260-1194-0. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Axom Xahitya Xabha (The Literary Society of Assam) | Assam Portal". Assam.org. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  7. ^ TI Trade (19 November 2012). "Imran Shah new Sahitya Sabha president". The Assam Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Asom Sahitya Sabha Begins | Northeast Today". Northeasttoday.in. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  9. ^ Thomas Effinger. "Subject Library South Asia". Savifa.uni-hd.de. Retrieved 27 April 2013.

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