The National Book Trust, India has come forward to chronicle the lives of inspirational personalities of Assam who have through their remarkable feat shaped the foundation the state stands on today.
Titled Warp and Weft: Makers of Modern Assam, the book is a collection of biographical essays on 24 illustrious figures of the Assamese socio-cultural and literary firmament edited by late Hirendra Nath Dutta and Stuti Goswami.
Eminent poet and literary critic late Dutta was the prime editor of the book through the course of its developmental years. But following his sudden demise, budding writer and translator Stuti Goswami carried forward the task of editing the book till its completion.
A project originally initiated by the Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust almost two decades ago is what the book is based on.
It covers almost all prominent individuals who trudged every challenging path and left no stone upturned in their endeavor to ensure the uncompromised growth and development of Assam and bring the state to the forefront.
The book will be a suitable guide to researchers and non-Assamese readers and scholars who wish to know about the real trailblazers to whom the modern Assam owes its existence.
An efficient and dedicated group of writers – Late Maheswar Neog, Birendranath Datta , Nagen Saikia, Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami, Sivanath Barman, Rajen Saikia, Pradip Jyoti Mahanta, Aparna Mahanta, Indibar Dewri, Upendranath Sarma, Ananda Bormudoi, Anima Dutta, Namita Deka, Malinee Goswami and few more have come together to pen down the biographical essays.
The book is, clearly, an ideal choice and treasure chest to find out all there is to know about all the prodigious personalities of Assam who include visionaries, social reformers, litterateurs, linguists, indologists, historians and educationists.
The book would surely prove to be a well-deserving read to learn about such phenomenal personalities such as Sankaradeva, Madhavdeva, Hem Chandra Barua, Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Banikanta Kakati, Krishna Kanta Handiqui, Jyotiprasad Agarwalla, Bishnu Prasad Rava, Munin Barkotoki and some more distinguished individuals.
The book is releasing tomorrow in the Munin Barkotoki Award Ceremony at 4 pm at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture Auditorium, Guwahati.