Asam Sahitya Sabha, the oldest literary-cultural organization of Assam, was constituted for the development of Assamese language, literature and culture in 1917. The organisation evolved from two earlier Kolkata-based bodies— ‘Asamiya Bhasa Unnati Sadhini Sabha’ and ‘Assamese Literary Society’— which were established by the Assamese students.
Eminent writers Padmanath Gohain Barua and Sarat Chandra Goswami became the first president and the first secretary respectively. With its central office in Jorhat, there are nine other regional offices of Asam Sahitya Sabha situated in different places of Assam including Guwahati. There are 32 affiliated district units of Asam Sahitya Sabha and over 1,000 branches. The Sabha has seven branches outside the state, such as, in Kohima, Aizwal, Shillong, Pasighat, Kameng, New Delhi, Mumbai, and three abroad, i.e., London, North America and Singapore.
The Sabha has so far published over 5,000 books by its central committee and also through district units and branches. Moreover, the Sabha has already published nine volumes of the encyclopedia in Assamese.
Asam Sahitya Sabha has formed a research centre at Agartala with financial and logistic support from the Govt of Tripura. The name of this research centre is Brahmaputra-Gomti Cultural Literary Research Centre.
Asam Sahitya Sabha has introduced two prestigious biennial awards in the name two great icons in the field of culture and literature of Assam, viz., ‘Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award’ and ‘Dr Indira Goswami (Mamoni Roysom Goswami) National Literature Award’.
Asam Sahitya Sabha has been actively involved in translation works of various classics, modern contemporary fictions, analytical books and books of science, society and philosophy.
Sahitya Akademy Award winner Dr. Kuladhar Saikia has got 20 short story collections and a novel to his credit. He was given the Munin Barkataki award for Best Book of the year in 1999 and Katha Award for his short story in 2000.
Dr. Saikia, a poet and a highly acclaimed dramatist, has written five plays, and scripted two telefilms. Some of Saikia's short stories have been translated and published in English and regional languages. If A River is the collection of his stories in English... Read More