Signing of MoU between Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art and Culture Assam and Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA)

A memorandum of Understanding has been signed between ABILAC and IGNCA to pave the way for conducting collaborative research activities and projects between the two institutes. Since both the institutes have been working in common areas including Language, Art and Culture for many years and have proven records of quality research and publications, this MoU is expected to further consolidate ongoing research projects and also to expand such research endeavours to new horizons. This MoU has been signed by Professor Dilip Kumar Kalita, Director, ABILAC on behalf of Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art and Culture Assam and by Sri Suresh Goduka, Regional Director, North East Regional Centre, IGNCA on behalf of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts on the 2nd of June, 2023 in the presence of Dr. Palash Kumar Nath and Bhupendranath Kalita from ABILAC and Ankur Deka and Dr. Kaushik Das from IGNCA and other key officials and staff from both the institutes at the Regional Centre of IGNCA in H.C. Road, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati 781001.

ABILAC confers the prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2018 to Prof. (Late) Tabu Ram Taid

On the auspicious occasion of Teachers’ Day, on the 5th September, 2021, ABILAC presented its prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for the year 2018 to Prof. Tabu Ram Taid. The award was presented by the Hon’ble minister of Health and Family welfare, Govt. of Assam Sri Kesab Mahanta in the presence of the Hon’ble Education minister, Govt. of Assam Dr. Ranoj Pegu and other dignitaries at the Srimanta Sankaradeva International Auditorium which was received by Mrs. Basanti Taid in the unfortunate absence of Prof. Taid.

ABILAC announced the name of Prof. Tabu Ram Taid as the recipient of this award for the year 2018 on 21st May, 2019. Prof. Taid was not only an erudite scholar in the field of language and culture but also the founder director of the Institute and subsequently the Vice-Chairman of the Governing Council and Chairman of the Executive Committee of ABILAC. Though the award was declared on 21st of May 2019 scheduled to be presented towards the end of the year, he left for his heavenly abode on 17th of August, 2019.

The Anundoram Borooah Award was instituted by ABILAC in the hallowed memory of the great Sanskrit Scholar and Civilian Anundoram Borooah in the year 1991 to be awarded annually to a scholar who sets hight standards of excellence in the fields of Sanskrit and allied Indological Studies, Literary and Linguistic studies and study in Art and Culture. The award consists of Rs. One Lakh, a citation written in the Sanskrit language, a shawl and recent publications of ABILAC.

Observation of 28th Death Anniversary of Professor Praphulladatta Goswami

ABILAC and Asom Janakristi Samaj jointly observes the 28th death anniversary of the doyen of folklore in India Professor Praphulladatta Goswami on the 19th of November, 2021 at the premises of ABILAC at Rajaduar. Apart from being an erudite scholar in the field of Folklore, Prof. Goswami, was also played vital roles in the establishment of various academic institutes and centers in the state. He was the Vice chairman of the Governing Council and Chairman of the Executive committee of ABILAC.

This occasion was observed by holding an academic program presided by Dr. Prabin Chandra Das, President, Asom Janakristi Samaj. Prof. Dilip Kumar Kalita, Director, ABILAC, in his welcome speech briefly shed light on the significance of the day.

Prof. Noni Gopal Mahanta, Education Advisor to the Chief Minister of Assam graced this occasion as the chief guest and delivered a lecture focusing on the life and works of Prof. Goswami. He also inaugurated 10th volume of the research journal of ABILAC titled ‘Anandam Journal of Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art and Culture, Assam’ on this occasion.

Prof. Abani Kr. Bhagawati from the department of Geography, Gauhati University delivered the Praphulladatta Goswami Memorial Lecture on the thought-provoking topic ‘The Brahmaputra Valley of Assam: Nature and Tradition.’ In his lecture Prof. Bhagawati deliberated on the nature and contours of the great river Brahmaputra and stressed on the need of clinging to the basics of life in order to leave a more secure and healthy environment to the future generation. He also discussed about how our age old traditions and beliefs has it roots in the nature.

Distinguished anthropologist Prof. A.N.M. Irshad Ali also hailed Prof. Praphulladatta Goswami’s stupendous feat in and contribution to the field of Folklore studies and other allied disciplines. Dr. Paramananda Majumdar, literary critic also in his lecture focused on the contribution of Prof. Goswami on Folk literature. This program was also graced by Mr. Bhaskardatta Goswami, son of Prof. Praphulladatta Goswami. In his speech Mr. Goswami briefly deliberated on his fond memories of his great father.

Dr. Parismita Sarma sang Saraswati Vandana on this occasion.

A troop of disciples led by Atul Bhuyan from Auniati Satra performed Satriya dance on this occasion.

Dr. Karuna Kanta Kakati, Associate professor, ABILAC and General Secretary, Asom Janakristi Samaj delivered the Vote of Thanks.