[Assam] Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samity
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Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samity (http://sadouasomlekhikasamarohsamity.org/) :
The Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samity
is a voluntary women’s literary organisation. It was founded on the
eve of international women’s year i.e. in November, 1974 and had the
acclaimed writer Padmashree Dr. Sheela Borthakur as its president. Since
inception, the organisation has undertaken and successfully completed
many constructive works contributing immensely to the social and
cultural life of the state. It has also made a significant contribution
to the realm of Assamese literature by publishing an impressive corpus
of books. The organisation has made a sincere attempt to give due
recognition to the contribution of those women writers who enriched our
society. Apart from acting as a platform for budding literary talents
among the women of Assam is also playing the role of an interface
between the established and emerging women writers. At present, the
organisation has 360 branches spread all over Assam including the 5
branches beyond the boundary of the state. For few years Dr. Sheela
Borthakur was the president of the organisation.
Women of Assam have been playing a significant role in enriching the social life. Their
contribution towards the development of literature and culture is
remarkable. Numerous songs and other artifacts expressing the different colours of life including the hopes and aspirations of the ordinary
life bear testimony to the latent treasure of creative potentials of
It is a well known
truth that, literature is one of the best means to achieve the goals and inculcating the values which are held dear in the life of any
progressive human society. Therefore, it is rightly believed that it is only in their hand which will empower and enable the women to present
their own mind to society. It is true that the pen is the strongest
tool of empowerment.
It is a very
disappointing fact that, a lot of women writers have never received the recognition which they deserved. Most of them have dwindled into the
oblivion in absence of due recognition. Even today there are a lot of
hidden talents who are desperately waiting for an opportunity, a
conducive ambience and more importantly for some support.
The Sadou Asom
Lekhika Samaroh Samity serves as common platform for almost all the
women of Assam providing them with necessary support as well as
appropriate opportunities for their intellectual and cultural
development. It serves two purposes. On the one hand, it will help them in achieving an establishment by providing them with the much needed
support for cultural and intellectual development. On the other hand it will also encourage them to contribute to national life by enriching
the realm of education and literature. The objectives of the
organization are as follows:
i) To empower women through education and culture and thereby strengthen their self respect.
ii) To develop self expression through creative work and contribute positively to Assamese language, literature and culture.
iii) To publish and preserve valuable books written by women writers.
iv)To preserve and enrich the rich cultural heritage of the country.
With these noble ideals, the organisation united
the women of Assam. The organisation is registered under the societies
Registration act. and its Registration No. is 64. Its head office is
situated at Tezpur with a library and an auditorium. The organisation
has a network of more than 360 branches spread all over Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, West Bengal, Mumbai, Haryana and New
Delhi. The different branches carry on various constructive and
meaningful activities regularly.
The organisation is a non political, social and literary women’s organisation with
constitution of its own. The central body and the various branches
carry on various activities according to its constitution.
The Sadou Asom
Lekhika Samaroh Samity was established on 2nd November, 1974, by the
proposal forwared by Dr. Sheela Borthakur in a women’s meeting which
was arranged by Tezpur Zila Mahila Silpa Samity and presided over by
Smti Saraswati Das. The committee that was formed was as follows -
President - Dr. Sheela Borthakur (Padmashree awarded)
Joint Secretary - Smti Purabi Bormudoi (Tamuli)
Dr. Swadhinata Mahanta
Members - Late Suprava Dutta
Late Swarnalata Hazarika
Late Punya Prava Rajkhowa
Late Charu Devi
Late Sashi Prava Das
Late Padma Agarwala
Sri Pramila Baruah
Sri Mrinali Chetia
Sri Kiran Baruah
Sri Padumi Das
Sri Sabitri Agarwala
Sri Sura Barpujari
Sri Phul Bhuyan
Sri Raina Borthakur
As a result of
this, the 1st convention of Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samity was held
in Hem Baruah Memorial Hall at Tezpur on 4th and 5th January, 1975. The glorious journey of Lekhika Samaroh Samity started from this
convention. Many renowned educationists and noted literateurs like
Padmashree Nalini Bala Devi, Ananda Ch. Baruah, Atul Ch. Hazarika,
Mitra Dev Mahanta, Dr. Maheswar Neog, Syed Abdul Malik sent their
messages to express their best wishes for the successful completion of
the convention. Late Indira Miri presided over the open session of the
On 5th January 1975 Late Rasheswari Khataniar was felicitated in the same convention. The
renowned and famous women writers who participated in the convention
were Smti Arati Saikia, Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami, Dr. Lakshahira Das
and many more. The 1st edition of the Journal "Lekhika", which was
edited by Smti Purabi Bormudoi (Tamuli), was inaugurated by Dr.
Lakshahira Das. This is the first formally recognized organisation of
women writers in Assam.Women writers coming from various parts of Assam
halted Tezpur as the sole pioneer of this unique noble mission and
wished it a long life.
One of the major activities of the
organisation is to encourage writers as well as to publish valuable
books. The organisation has a mouthpiece of its own named "Lekhika".
Some of the other publications are mentioned below.
1) Lekhikar Jiwani, Vol.-I, II, III and IV, Biography of women writers of Assam.
Since 16th centrury till date. It is a very valuable chronicle.
2) Complete works of Padmashree Nalini Bala Devi.
3) Complete works of Kavya Bharati Dharmeswari Devi Baruani.
4) Sneha Devi Ranchana Sambhar.
5) Luit Parar Asomiya Swedhinata Sangramir Jiwan
Gatha (Biography of women Freedom Fighters of Assam). Vol. I
6) Padmashree Puspalatar Chintar Rengani. Collection of works of Padmabhusan Puspalata Das.
7) Bandita Kalalaya
9) Lekhikar Grantha Panji
11) Argha : Biography of women artists of Assam. Vol. I
12) Dr. Nirmal Prava Bordoloi’s songs and poems.
13) Unmilan : Critical Analysis of its mouth piece since inception.
14) Subhashita Chanda : Collection of Assamese Poems.
15) Drishadwati : Translation of Assamese Poems in to Bengali.
16) Asomiya Sahityat Nari : Women in Assamese Literature.
17) Sahityat Muktir Chetana.
18) Borma Tomak : Collection of modern Assamese short stories.
19) Golpa Tarang : Collection of modern Assamese short stories.
20) Satabdir Sadhu : Collection of modern Assamese short stories.
21) Ritu Manjari : Collection of modern Assamese short stories.
22) Satabdir Sadhu: Collection of short stories of 20th century written by women writers.
23) Hastakhar : Translation of a novel of Amrita Pritam.
24) Desh Bideshar Golpa : Translation of short stories.
25) Prabandha Malancha : Collection of literary criticism.
26) Ritu Manjari : Modern Assamese short stories.
27) Children literature : Panir Deshat Tutumoni
i) Mona Bharai Rang Anisho,
ii) Junakir pohar,
iii) Aitai Sadhu Koy.
Apart from the publications of
Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, most of the branches publish their
mouth pieces and many valuable books which enrich Assamese literature
with short stories, poems, novels, children, literature and literary
i) Conference :
Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti holds its
biennial conference in different places where thousands of delegates
assemble together to share their views and experiences. On that
occasion an executive committee with the office bearers is elected by
its delegates. During the 3 days conference various functions such as
Book Fair, Symposium, poetess conference, open session cultural
procession and many other programes are held. In every conference,
eminent writers from outside Assam grace the open session as Chief
ii) Installation of statues of eminent women writers at Guwahati and Tezpur is a part of
our mission to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Assam.
The statue of Nalini Bala Devi, Kavya Bharati
Dharmeswari Devi Baruani and Dr. Nirmal Prova Bordoloi are already
installed in front of the head office at Tezpur.Another statue of
Padmashree Nalini Bala Devi was installed at Paltan Bazar in Guwahati
The organisation has completed glorious thirty six years to its
credit. It promises to fulfill its cherished ideals with the selfless
sacrifice and tremendous contribution made by thousands of members.
Head Office - Tezpur
Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samity
Tezpur - 784001
Sonitpur, Assam (India)
Contact person :
Dr. Charu Sahatia Nath (General Secretary)
Principal - Tezpur College
Tezpur - 784001
Sonitpur, Assam (India)
Website : http://sadouasomlekhikasamarohsamity.org/
E-mail : salss at in.com
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