Sankranti, magazine of ASL Club
‘Sankranti’ being released at Assam Bhawan, Russell Street in Kolkata. Image credit - Northeast Now

The special issue of ‘Sankranti’ with information on the 150-year-long history of the relationship between Assam and Kolkata was released recently.

‘Sankranti’, an annual magazine of the Assam Socio Literary (ASL) Club, edited by Deben Dewan, was released at a function in Assam Bhawan, Russell Street in Kolkata.

The event was attended by prolific writer from Bangladesh, Abul Hasan Choudhury,   former Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University and noted scholar Pabitra Sarkar, ‘Sameli Memsaab’ famed actor George Baker and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay.

Writer-translator Ranjita Biswas, reputed Assamese radio artist Mondira Lahiri, North East Excellence Award winner Devjani Chaliha Basu, poet and writer Gautam Prasad Barua and social worker Rekha Basu Chaliha were present at the programme, the organisers informed.

It may be mentioned that the Kolkata-based ASL Club has a glorious past.

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It was formed in 1872 at the initiative of a number of brilliant and courageous Assamese students.

Among those youths, there were Lakshminath Bezbaroah, Ganga Govinda Phukan, Padmanath Gohain Baruah, Madhab Bezbaruah, Ambika Nath, Girish Prasad Roychoudhury and other Assamese students.

They played an important role in restoring the Assamese language.

The organisation was first named as Assamese Students’ Literary Club (ASL Club).

It was mainly engaged in literary activities.

In the 60s, the organisation was renamed as Assamese Socio Literary Club (ASL Club).

The special issue of ‘Sankranti’ is a collection of articles where the readers will get information regarding the Assamese students who struggled hard in the past to save, protect and restore the Assamese language.

In this special issue of the annual magazine of the ASL Club, the readers will also get information on the history of Assam and the Assamese language and literature.

Raju Deuri

Raju Deuri is Assistant Editor of Northeast Now. He can be reached at: rajudeuri1974@gmail.com