Sahityarathi Lakhsminath Bezbaroa museum was inaugurated at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra yesterday by the Minister of Cultural Affairs Naba Doley in the presence of other dignitaries. The museum showcases a number of rare photographs of Bezbaroa and his family members at different places, photographs of his works, manuscripts and handwritings, and other objects associated with his life and accomplishments.
Cultural activist, Surjya Hazarika said that it was tough to find remembrances associated with Bezboroa as he spent most of his times outside Assam. He also mentioned the museum will fulfill the long-standing need of the people to witness the works of the literary icon. He also said that the Baroda State Museum has preserved an important speech of Bezbaroa on the ‘History of Vaishnavism in India’ delivered at Vadodora in 1933 and that they are planning to display a copy of it in the museum too.
Dr. Hitesh Deka, Vice Chancellor of KKHSOU said that it is sad that a large section of our Assamese society is neglecting Assamese language and that in the present scenario the state’s educational spheres are dominated by the English language. Writer and critic Lakshminath Tamuly, while recollecting the contributions of Bezbaroa as a pioneering writer in different genres expressed that Assamese society never really acknowledged the great man as they should have.
He was saddened by the fact that it is shocking Gauhati University and the Asam Sahitya Sabha had refused to preserve the heritage printing press of ‘Banhi’. He added that nothing can be more shocking and disrespectful to whom the Assamese owe their very identity as a linguistic race.
Folklorist Dr Anil Saikia, retired Director General of National Museum Rabin Dev Choudhury, Commissioner and Secretary, Cultural Affairs Preetom Saikia, and Lakshminath Bezbaroa’s great grandson Satyakam Bezbaroa also addressed the function.