Babyraj Rajkhowa’s unique poetry volume ‘Agnisnan’ is released on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in a solemn launch function at the Pabitra Lahkar Memorial Auditorium erected on the occasion of the 19th North-East Book Fair being held in Chadmari, Guwahati. Babyraj Rajkhowa is one of the most prominent feminist voices in contemporary Assamese poetry. She made her mark as a popular poet with the publication of her acclaimed volume of poems ‘Mai Majuli Viswa Nandini’. Her present volume ‘Agnisnan’ anthologizes poems that deal with a wide range of themes, but explores in the main the traumatic experiences of women in a world dominated by men.
The launch ceremony was attended by a galaxy of literary persons including among them the prominent social activist and poet Ms. Mrinalini Devi, the eminent poet Anisuzzaman, Sahitya Akademi awardee Bipul Deuri, Padmashri Surya Hazarika, the popular Assamese poet Manjit Singh, Kabyashree Anup Kumar Talukdar, the Vice-President of Sadau Asam Kabi Sanmilan Karunakanta Barman, Orinthologist Bhubaneswar Sarma, Sangeetbhushan Runu Dowera, and Dr. Hasinus Sultan, an accomplished translator and the Chief Editor of ‘Cross-currents: An International Peer-Reviewed Journal in Humanities and Social Sciences’.
Releasing the book Ms. Mrilanini Devi, the distinguished women activist, observed that the book would inspire the up-and-coming writers to assign adequate space in their creative works to the very many problems faced by women in our society. Briefing this reporter, Dr Sultan, who has penned the Introduction to the poetry volume, said:
Babyraj Rajkhowa’s ‘Agnisnan’ is a unique anthology in that it makes the first-ever bold and passionate appeal in Assamese poetry to discover women in a new and true light.
Some glimpses of the book launch program:
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