MAHIM BORA: THE NONAGENARIAN LEGACY

Padmashree, Sahityacharya, Ex-President of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Shri Mahim Bora is one of the most eminent Indian litterateurs in Assamese literature whose creations pervades all spheres of literature of the post-independence era. A social activist, he is widely acclaimed as a trend setter of the modern Assamese short story deviating from the earlier kind and at the same time he is an influential poet of his generation by his own merit.

At the age of 92 he is still active and inspiring a host of writers of the new generation. Born on 6 July, 1924 at Ghopesadharu, a Tea–Estate in Sonitpur district, he did his schooling at his native place Kaliabor and completed Master Degree in Assamese literature from Gauhati Unversity. After a stint at J.B. College, Jorhat as a lecturer, he finally came to Nowgong College, Nagaon and retired as Head of Department in 1989.

His writings pervade all genres of literature. Eight volumes of stories, two volumes of critical essays, two collections of poems, four novels and two volumes of children literatures comprises his contribution. He also composed a number of radio–plays and edited some of the dramas of Sri Sri Shankardeva. ‘Kathonibari Ghat’ is considered to be his magnum opus was published in 1961 and ‘Ronga Jiya’, his most important poetic work was published in 1978.

Shri Bora helped founding a Girls High School in his native place as a part time teacher even while he was an inter mediate level student. He also acted as an Assistant Editor of a journal which later played a vital role in the development of modern Assamese literature while he was studying at Gauhati University.

He was elected as the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1989. Shri Bora is recipient of numerous awards and honours including literary award from Publication Board, Assam for ‘Rati Phula Phul’ in 1980; Chhaganlal Jain Literary Award for ‘Galpa Samagra’ in 1996; Sahitya Akademi Award for ‘Edhani Mahir Hanhi’ in 2001 and Assam Valley Literary Award for life time achievement in Assamese literature in 1998. He was conferred the honorary title Sahityacharyya in 2007 by Assam Sahitya Sabha.

Padma Shri (also Padmashree), awarded by the Government of India, is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India after Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. Shri Mahim Bora was awarded Padmashree in the year 2011 for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education.

We are indeed underdeveloped in knowledge to write more about such a great personality. We are really dwarf to touch the roof he has already gloriously set forth. But still we are trying to have a brief account about his life and work for the purpose of extending common views to follow him and honour him. Although this is nothing, still we love to put an effort to let the globe know him more. Therefore, any immature thought expressed here may kindly forgive and forget. On his birthday on 6 July, 2016, we wish him good health and happiness and pray his blessings for us.

[Read brief profile of Padmashree, Shri Mahim Bora, click Bio-Data]

DIMORIANREVIEW, VOL-3, ISSUE-4, JULY-AUGUST 2016 RELEASED

This issue of the e-journal is dedicated to Padmashree, Sahityacharya, Ex-President of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Shri Mahim Bora to remember him and honour him for the inspiration and blessings showered to us. We are indebted for his all creative works as these are strong foundation of Assamese literature and stimulating spirit in our social life.

Inviting write-up from authors/ interested persons on his life and work of Shri Mahim Bora, we published news on online social platform like Facebook and newspapers like The Assam Tribune, Amar Asom, Dainik Janambhumi, Niyamiya Barta, Asomiya Pratidin, etc. We would like to acknowledge with thanks to all for their services.

This issue is consisted with one research article on Fisheries Science and 3 research articles on Social and Behavioural Science, 3 essays on emerging issues; out of which 3 write ups are written on the work of Shri Mahim Bora.

One special aroma of this issue is the Interview with Shri Mahim Bora translated by Shri Bibekananda Choudhury from original Assamese Interview by Shri Debojit Hazarika.

The special attraction of this issue is an Exclusive Report on promising Indian Film Actress Urmila Mahanta compiled by Ms. Jutika Mahanta. Again the 13 ethnic recipes contributed by Ms. Madhusmita Kalita Pathak will definitely juice up the readers’ appetite. Ms. Jutika Mahanta and Ms. Madhusmita Kalita Pathak are Members in Editorial Board of the e-journal.

Further, this is issue is not short of creative literature. Readers will sure love reading one short story by Shri Uttam Boruah which is translated from original story of Padmashree, Shri Mahim Bora and 5 beautiful poems out of which 2 poems are composed on Shri Mahim Bora and 1 is translated from original poem written by him. The book review prepared by Ms. Pranami Bania is really valuable to readers.

We acknowledge with sincere thanks to all those who extended support and cooperation in shaping this beautiful issue. In the Advisory Board, Shri Bibekananda Choudhury sir helped us incredibly; we thank him especially for such unconditional support and advice. Our Associate Shri Pranjal Protim Borah helped us reaching many spheres.  We would also like to acknowledge with gratitude to authors like Shri Girish Ch. Das and Dr. Prayag Saikia for sparing their precious time to provide invaluable information in shaping this issue.

We are always indebted to the honorary members of the technical review board for their timely support and cooperation.

Editors
DIMORIANREVIEW, Vol-3, Issue-4; July-August 2016



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