FEBRUARY 1, 2, 3, 4 AND 5, 2017

    Sir/ Madam,
    Acknowledging your goodwill and generosity for uplifting the society, we have the honour to inform you that Asam Sahitya Sabha, one of the most prestigious literary organizations in the world, is going to hold its Centenary Celebrations and the 74th biennial session in historic Rupahi-Zerenga pathar, Sivasagar on Feb. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2017, next.
    Resp. sir, it needs hardly any explanation that we, the Assamese people had the great misfortune of losing our mother tongue Assamese as the Court and school language under bizarre circumstances during the British rule in 1836.It was a period of great humiliation and sufferings for the people of Assam.
    To restore the language to its rightful position and also the dignity and pride of the Assamese, a group of young Assamese students studying in Kolkata took up the cudgels and gave birth to an Assamese literary organization - the Asam Sahitya Sabha in 1917. In a meeting held in Sivasagar Raibahadur Padmanath Gohain Boruah had grace the chair of presidentship. It was the stellar role undertaken by the young brigade of literary workers that includes among others - Laksminath Bezbaruah, Hem Chandra Goswami, Hemchandra Boruah, Gunabhiram Boruah, Chandra Kumar Agarwalla, made the British Administration realize soon the blunder of replacing Assamese with Bengalee as the court language and reinstated Assamese to former status in 1873.
    Since its inception, Asam Sahitya Sabha endeared itself to every Assamese heart and has been making its arduous journey through difficult phases with blessings of millions of people in the Brahmaputra Valley. 'Chira chenehi mur bhasa jononi', the title song of Axom Sahitya Sabha has curved out a special niche in every Assamese heart. Assamese people attach almost a religious devotion to the cause of Asam Sahitya Sabha. Whenever and wherever Asam Sahitya Sabha holds its sessions, people throng the venue in thousands.
    In response to our prayer and respecting the sentiment of the people of Sivasagar, the Central Committee of Axom Sahitya Sabha conferred the honour of holding the 74th Sabha Biennial Session in Sivasagar, the birth place of the Sabha. It is a moment of great pride for us all.
    The reception committee of the 74th Sabha Sassion, formed through a well attended public meeting in Peoli Phukan Stadium on Dec 13, 2015, unanimously resolved to hold the Centenary celebration in grand style in keeping with the great and glorious tradition of Sivasagar.
    The Reception Committee expects that the historic Zerengapathar on the occasion of the Sabha Sassion will turn into a sea of humanity with massive participation of people of all sections cutting across caste, creed and class.
    The four day long literary and cultural extravaganza will show case the cultural heritage of the people of the entire state besides literary achievements over the years through various programme inter alia - book fair, trade fair, literary symposium, poets meet, cultural procession, history session, darshan sanmilan, natya sanmilan, Kunhi, Aakash, Yuva Sansad and cultural programme of various ethnic groups.
    To organize such a big event and to undertake massive development works in and around Sivasagar town, the Reception committee of the 74th Session of the Sabha would rely entirely on generous contributions of each member of our society. The Reception Committee earnestly requests you all to extend your helping hand and kind assistance either in cash or kind for successfully organizes the mega event. It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that Amguri Revenue Circle Officer has kindly consented to forward our petition for a land grant of about 50 bighas of government land in Zerengapathar for the proposed Axom Sahitya Sabha Prakalpa to the Govt. of Assam for final declaration.
    Commiserating the Centenary Celebration, the Reception Committee is planning to construct a heritage site with installation of statutes of the doyens of Assamese literature, publication of over a hundred resourceful books, souvenir and many other important literary works. To successfully implement all these and more the Reception Committee solicits your constructive suggestions and generous help in providing food, lodging to over 5000 delegates from different Sabha units and hospitality to expected more than one million participants.
    We hope the 74th Sabha Session in Sivasagar will be best remembered as the most disciplined one which will bring out the best among us, the people of Sivasagar.