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Bezbaroa statue unveiled at Kolkata Assam House

Bezbaroa statue unveiled at Kolkata Assam House
February 17
10:01 2020

NET Bureau

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unveiled a life-size statue of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa at the Assam House complex located at Russel Street in Kolkata on Sunday. The statue has been installed through a joint initiative by the cultural affairs and the general administration departments of the Assam government.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that installation of the life-size statue of the Sahityarathi would give a new impetus to literary, cultural and people-to-people relations between Assam and West Bengal, an official press release here said.
Terming the day as historic, Sonowal said Bezbaroa created many of his literary works while in Kolkata and that the statue would help the young generation to know more about the literary doyen. While addressing the students present at the statue unveiling ceremony, he said success comes through hard work and they must put in their best efforts with dedication to excel in life.

He also asked the Assam House authorities to take adequate steps for proper upkeep of the statue. He appreciated the work of sculptor Biju Das who made the statue.

Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in his address said Bezbaroa made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Assamese literature and that the interest shown by the young generation of Assam on the literary works of Bezbaroa was a good sign for Assamese literature.

He said that after Srimanta Sankaradeva, it was the Sahityarathi who gave a distinct identity to Assamese literature.

Sarma further said that the Assam government was planning to develop a new 11-storey building by demolishing the existing Assam House of Kolkata.

Chief Minister’s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami said Bezbaroa contributed to Assamese literature even when he was staying away from Assam at Kolkata and Sambalpur.

“Just like an ambassador, Bezbaroa gave a new dimension to the growth of relationships among the people of Assam, West Bengal and Odisha,” he said.

New Assam Bhawan: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated an additional Assam Bhawan and Trade Centre-cum-Youth Hostel built by the State PWD at Salt Lake, Sector 3 in Kolkata today.

The new Assam Bhawan was constructed with a cost of Rs 25.18 crore. The 11-storey new building has been built with modern amenities and air conditioning. The building has 35 rooms and dormitories separately for men and women.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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