By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.net,
Guwahati: Noted authors Anuradha Sarma Pujari, Arup Kumar Dutta and other personalities who were present during the 13th Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika Memorial Awards repented about the little knowledge on the one of the pioneer litterateurs of Assam. They also advocated for his works to be re-published at the present age.
Taking part in the Prize Distribution Ceremony of Inter School Recitation and Creative Writing Competition organized by Maria’s Public School, Guwahati to mark the occasion, Anuradha Sarma Pujari said that Ahmed Hazarika was being neglected for a long time.
A souvenir is being released on the occasion.
“It’s high time that the young generation should know about him and his works who was one of the pioneers of Assamese literature. It’s also very sad that very little research work has been done on him. I would say his books should be re-printed for the present generation to learn his ideals,” said Pujari who is also the editor of a popular Assamese weekly tabloid.
Another popular and widely respected writer of the present age, Arup Kumar Dutta appreciated the move of Maria’s Public School for remembering Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika who was also known as ‘Gyan Malinir Kobi’.
Prize distribution ceremony.
Later, the winners of inter school Recitation and Creative writing competition were awarded with trophy and certificates. Ankita Goswami of TC Girls’ school and Hrishikesh Goswami of MVM, Silpukhuri of Guwahati won the best prize in Inter-school Assamese Recitation of Group A and B respectively. On the other hand, Hridisthita Pathak of Srimanta Sankar Academy and Abhijit Bezbaruah of Don Bosco School, Guwahati won the best prize in Inter school Creative Writing Competition of Group A and B respectively.
Moreover, the function was attended by noted writer and Secretary of Assam Tourism Dhruba Hazarika, author Kapil Thakur and Managing Trustee of Maria’s Public School, Nellie Ahmed Tanweer among others. On the occasion, a souvenir was also released.
People pay homage to Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika.
Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazarika who was born in 1870 was a prominent poet belonged to the era known as Jonaki Assamese Literature which is regarded a path changing in the history of literature. He was also elected as the president of the 12th Asam Sahitya Sabha edition in 1930 held in Golaghat district, Assam.
According to historian and author Mohini Kumar Saikia as written in his book ‘Assam-Muslim Relation and Its Cultural Significance’, Hazarika’s family traces their lineage to Mohammad Ismail Siddiqui, better known as Bagh Hazarika who played a major role in defeating the mighty Mughals in the Battle of Saraighat in 17th century.