The awards for the Gariyoshi Chandra Prasad Saikia short story competition, 2009, were conferred on three winners at a solemn function held in Guwahati on August 8. The programme, attended by Governor JB Patnaik, saw rich tributes being paid to the late Saikia, a distinguished litterateur and editor of Gariyoshi, who passed away on this day in 2006.
Addressing the gathering at the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture auditorium, the Governor mentioned the rich literary and cultural heritage of Assam, and the way it has helped establish the identity of Assam. “Today, Assamese literature has reached a position that is in no way lesser than any other regional literature of India,” he said.
A Sahitya Akademi winner, Patnaik mentioned that literature has the potential to empower an entire community, reinforcing this by referring to Assamese and Oriya literature’s contributions in periods of difficulty.
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