Lakshminath Bezbaruah

Context:

  • The 158th birth anniversary of Lakshminath Bezbaroa will be observed in Guwahati’s Lakshminath Bezbaroa Chowk, at his birthplace Ahatguri in Nagaon district, and at Sambalpur (Odisha) and Kolkata (West Bengal) on Friday.
  • In Guwahati, 158 earthen lamps will be lit around the statue of the icon at the Bezbaroa Chowk.

About Lakshminath Bezbaruah:

  • The people of Assam call him Sahityarathi. 
  • During his life time he devoted himself to revive the lost glory of the Assamese language and literature. In those days Assamese was not used in the school and courts of the state. Lakshminath Bezbarua fought an incessant battle with many of his contemporaries to establish a proper place for Assamese in the state.
  • According to critics and biographers Lakshminath Bezburua was the Victor Hugo of modern Assamese literature. 
  • He was one of the literary stalwarts of the Jonaki Era, the age of romanticism in Assamese literature.
  • Bezbaroa started his literary career with a farce, "Litikai" serialised from the first issue of Jonaki magazine.