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Odisha government would take up the renovation work of Sambalpur house Lakhminath Bezbaroa

Sambalpur:31/10/17; Odisha government would take up the renovation work of Sambalpur house Lakhminath Bezbaroa, the legendary Assamese literature.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this after two state officials of Assam met him today seeking conservation of the dilapidated house of the great Assamese literary genius.

The Bezbaroa Bhawan would come up with the refurbishment of literature’s old house at Sambalpur. The Assam government would spend Rs 50 lakh for the purpose, said officials.

 

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It may be recalled here that Cultural Affairs Minister of Assam, Naba Kumar Doley and Media Adviser to Assam Chief Minister, Hrikesh Goswami, had yesterday visited the house of Bezbaroa at the Nelson Mandela chowk in Sambalpur days amid media reports of Sambalpur district administration’s plan to demolish the decades-old building.

Earlier Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda had written to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik requesting him not to demolish Bezbaroa’s house.

There was a plan to demolish two buildings of Bezbaroa, including the house where he was residing and the house which he used as an office, to pave way for construction of an approach road to the under construction second bridge over the river Mahanadi and development of rotary junction at the Nelson Mandela Chowk. However it has been shelved, said officials.

The single-storied house where Bezbaroa lived and the two-storied house that he used as an office during his stay here between 1917 and 1937 as an employee of railway sleeper maker Bird are close to each other and is spread over two acres of land.

“As per the existing DPR and layout, both the houses, which were used as residence and office by the renowned Assamese writer, are being affected for the development of rotary junction at the Nelson Mandela Chowk,” said Sambalpur District Collector, Samarth Verma.

The collector said, all efforts will be made to preserve both the houses and for that, necessary modification in the design will be considered by the Public Works Department (PWD).

“I have discussed with the PWD officials to change the design. They have also sent the proposal to the architect,” the collector said.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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