A five-member delegation of AASU on Saturday urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to restore Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa’s Sambalpur house. The delegation, during their meeting with the Sambalpur Deputy Commissioner, submitted the memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister.
The AASU in the memorandum mentioned that if the Odisha Government takes initiative in restoration of Bezbaroa’s house, the cultural bonding between Odisha and Assam will strengthen.
Dilapidated condition of Sahityarathi’s House
It may be mentioned that the possession of the house and land is currently with the family of one Onkarmal Poddar, who happens to a friend of the doyen of Assamese literature. The possession of the house and land was passed on to Poddar after the death of Bezbaroa in 1938. A case regarding the property dispute is currently under legal procedure of Odisha High Court.
The delegation discussed at length with the Sambalpur DC about restoration of the residence of the house and land of Bezbaroa. They also demanded the DC and the Odisha Government to start a dialogue with the Assam counterpart in this regard.
It may be mentioned that a five-member team of AASU comprising of Pulak Chetia, Prakash Chandra Das, Milonjyoti Roy, Himan Barman and Guwahati University Guest Faculty Dr. Debasish Bezbaroa on Friday visited the Sambalpur (Odisha) residence of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the doyen of Assamese literature.
Bezbaroa stayed at the town of Sambalpur for 20 years from 1917 and 1937. During this period, the master litterateur produced the bulk of his literary works which shaped modern Assamese literature.
The residence of Bezbaroa is in a dilapidated condition and lands have been encroached upon. The AASU team has visited the residence for taking steps for its preservation. The AASU has demanded to convert the buildings into a heritage house.