Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Medini Choudhury remembered

Abdul Gani
Guwahati, Feb 13: Litterateurs and prominent citizens remember the renowned author Medini Choudhury on his 9th death anniversary in a meeting held at Guwahati Press Club on Monday. Choudhury, who was known for his efforts to unite the people of various sections through his writings.
“He was one of the rare writers who always wanted to influence the society towards communal harmony and betterment of human being. I wish he could be among us for more days to spread the message of love and harmony,” said Pratul Chandra Sharma, former IAS officer and his colleague while delivering Medini Choudhury memorial lecture.
He also mentioned about the weight of his writings and rued that he deserved better respects during his days.
Another noted litterateur Nirupama Borgohain who was also present on the occasion said that Medini Choudhury was always right with the data of history in his writings.
“He was one of the rare authors who took special care of the facts and data in his writings. That’s what makes him different from others,” she said.
Medini Choudhury retired from government service in 1986 after joining the Assam Civil Service in 1956. His Ananya Prantor, a book on the local influences on spoken Assamese, written in the form of a travelogue, took the Assamese literary world by storm in the early 1970s.
This was followed by Banduka Behar on Mahapurush Madhavdev, Ferengadao on Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rava, Jadugharar Kirtimukh, Taat Nadi Nasil, Yangjoo Nadir Paar, Nibandhita Anubhab, Luit, Barak Aru Islam and Bipanna Samay, among others.  
His Taat Nadi Nasil received the Publication Board, Assam, Award in 1977 and Bipanna Samay - the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999. He authored about 30 books, including two in English. Besides, he has to his credit a good number of short stories like Sihate Kewal Mare and critical and analytical articles. Besides, his books written in English are - Tribes of Assam Plains and Bodo-Dimasas of Assam. 


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