Publication in Bengali of the popular Assamese novel “Ashimot Jar Heral Seema”

The launch of two Bengali translation books of famous Assamese novels has made a rich contribution to Assamese and Bengali literature.

This was highlighted in the book release feature of two Bengali translation books ‘Ashime Jaar Haralo Seema’ and ‘1962’ hosted by Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust (ARMT) at Assam Book Fair 2021-22 Sunday at Assam Engineering Playground in Guwahati.

The books were translated by Dr Anamika Ray who was an aspiring academician of her time. Although she is from Shantiniketan, West Bengal, she has mastered the Assamese language in no time with intense love and responsibility.

This led her to translate several books of Assamese literature. She has taught at Cotton College, Gauhati University and Central Sikkim University.

On officially releasing the book ‘Ashime Jaar Haralo Seema’, Professor Amalendu Chakrabarty, Founding Vice-Chancellor of Rabindranath Tagore University said: “There is no doubt that the translation of Kanchan Baruah’s famous Assamese novel into Bengali is a rich contribution to Assamese and Bengali readers. .

“It is as important for Bengali readers as it is for fans of Assamese novels. The translation will spark the interest of Assamese and Bengali scholars in further academic research on this great all-time novel, ”he said.

Chakrabarty added that through the publication of this translated book, translator-writer Dr Anamika Ray will live forever among readers and those close to her.

“It is no coincidence that the title of this novel and the short life of the translator have the same meaning of losing limits ad infinitum. Anamika must surpass life to make the presence of her creations on our hands, ”said Chakrabarty.

While Brigadier (Retired) Ranjit Barthakur stressed the importance of translating the history of war, Mrinal Talukdar’s “1962”, as there are few books on the Indochina War of 1962 that have been translated into Assamese.

“We didn’t want to talk about 1962 because we had lost in the war. But at the individual level, there have been many incidents that demonstrated their roles which were courageous and laudable despite the collective loss for failures on many fronts, starting with the political, military or intelligence level, ”Barthakur said. , former president of the Assam civil service. Commission (CSPA).

Barthakur added that translating this war story is another effort to penetrate information – both successful and unsuccessful, and the actual events of the 1962 war among Bengali readers.

The books are published posthumously by the Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust (ARMT) on the occasion of the 10e Birthday celebration of the beloved daughter of Dr Ankuran Dutta and the late Dr Anamika Ray Aalphul (Anrini Priyambada).

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cotton, Prof. Bhabesh Chandra Goswami, who was the main guest of the program, expressed his appreciation for the translation of Assamese novels, which he says will not only feature great literary works. Assamese people across the country but will also help them understand the war stories from Assam’s point of view.

“It is as important for the younger generation to assimilate into nature as it is to delve deeper into the stories of war,” said Goswami.

Dipak Kumar Baruah, copyright owner of Kanchan Baruah’s “Ashimot Jar Heral Seema”, also attended the program.

In his closing speech, the Vice-President of the Trust, Rajat Baran Mahanta, spoke about the relevance of books in today’s context and the translation of them into various languages, including Bengali, will help to expand this relevance among diverse readers.

“I urge everyone, especially the Bengali public, to come and enjoy these great Assamese literary works of all time as well as another story of the 1962 war,” said Dr Ankuran Dutta, the deputy head of the country. ‘ARMT.

ARMT is a Guwahati-based NITI Ayog registered non-profit educational and charitable organization established in 2015.

The Trust has pioneered the medical anti-terrorism movement in the region, working meticulously for the rights and responsibilities of patients since its inception with a mission mode of recognizing the ‘right to health’ as ​​one of the rights. fundamentals of the Indian Constitution.

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