Mamoni Gogoi Baruah

The reviewer has gone through the book, “Asomiya Sahitya - Sanskritir Abhash”- a collection of Selected Essays on Assamese Literature and Culture, written by Archana Konwar,Jorhat: Bidya Bhawan, 2015, pp. 1- 132, Rs. 150/-. The author of the book is acting as Assistant Professor in Assamese, Chandra Kamal Bezbaruah College, Teok (Jorhat), Assam, India.

Article is an important literature work conceiving knowledge shift of scholarly studies on a subject. The collection of seventeen selected essays in Assamese on Assamese Literature and Culture, entitled ‘Asomiya Sahitya – Sanskriti Abhash’, written by Archana Konwar, Assistant Professor, Department of Assamese, Chandra Kamal Bezbaruah College, Teok, Jorhat, Assam, India is certainly a book of perceiving involvement of the author in Assamese Literature and Culture of Assam.

The author left no stone unturned to reflect important things meant for every article included in the book. It is notable that the author has gathered required information and made in-depth study on the aspects of literature and culture considered under study which have helped the author to present vividly in the book.

With regard to tourism development in Assam, the author has made an appreciable effort through an article written on the historical Junbeel Mela that is being organised gloriously every year as pre-Magh Bihu festival by the Tiwa community of Assam. The ancient Barter System is being still practised at Junbeel Mela among the ethnic communities gathered from different places of hills and plains. This JunbeelMela is an example of mutual friendship, unity and brotherhood through cultural exchange. Therefore, the author is on the concrete opinion that Junbeel Mela can be the centre of attraction of cultural tourism.

On the advent of the spring season, the beautiful festival of Assam, Rongali Bihu is celebrated marking the beginning of the Assamese New Year which exemplifies the bond of unity and amity among people of the state of Assam. But crossing the line of festivity, the author has made an effort to discuss an important matter about socio-economic and intellectual (boudhik) influence of the Rongali Bihu in the society of Assam.

On the other hand, the author is successful in presenting about the contribution of Mahapurus Srimanta Sankardev whose influence is strongly reflecting in the social life of Assam. The flawless narration in articles written on Assamese Angkia Nat and Neo-Vaishnavite movement advocated by Mahapurus Srimanta Sankardev will be helpful to the student in study.

All other articles are genuinely providing information which will fulfil the purpose of researches, academics and also general readers. 

Further, articles written on Tiwa folk songs, Agro-based festivals of Tiwa society, Oral literature of Tiwa society, etc. are presenting many unknown aspects of literature and culture of Tiwa society. The ethnic societies of Assam have greatest contribution towards literature and culture of Assam. Each ethnic community of Assam is rich with own literature and culture and in this regard, Tiwa community is indispensably an integral part of the greater Assamese fraternity.

Literature is the mirror of a society and the Culture is the ornaments of that society and civilization. Without literature and culture, it is difficult to measure the standard of a society and civilization. The Assamese literature and culture is also very rich and in this regard, numerous researches are being accomplished presenting to the world about the literature and culture of Assam. In that line, the author, Archana Konwar has made a laudable effort adding valuable contribution in Assamese literature. The title of book has been given appropriately relating to the whole content of all articles. It is observed that the author has not been written all the articles for the purpose of criticism, but, instead, the book is a database presentation at a glance for knowledge shift about Assamese literature and culture which will be helpful for future researches as reference.

About the Reviewer: Vice-President, Assam Lekhika Santha, Ms. Mamoni Gogoi Baruah is working as Associate Professor, Department of Education, C.K.B. College, Teok, Jorhat and writer, poetess with appreciable contribution and some of her self-composed poetry booksare Ganjali, Ninyarot Junaka Pindhi, etc. 

She has also written some valuable books, such as, Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvopolli Radhakrishanan, KonKon Mukuta, Omula Dinor Sadhu and Ninyarot Jonakor Dapon. She has contributed some textbooks for undergraduate level of students. [Read More]

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