sabha: Digital copies of 500 books to bring Assamese literature to young people | Guwahati News

Guwahati: The Asam Sahitya Sabha has released the digital copies of more than 500 ancient and valuable books with the aim of preserving the works of the great contributors to Assamese literature and passing them on to young people around the world in the new format.
Books published since the 19th century have been covered in the digitization project jointly initiated by Sabha and AMTRON.
“This is a community-assisted project, where educational institutions and many civilians have given their support and taken part,” Sabha chairman Kuladhar Saikia said.
Saikia, who is also a former DGP, said, “This is the first time that the literary body has entered the world of the Internet. This step, I believe, will help to bring Assamese literature to the world. People living in different parts of the world will now be able to access these writings.
He said the adoption of advanced technology will also help the Sabha to disseminate and promote Assamese literature among the tech-savvy generation.
He said North Lakhimpur College has already digitized about 300 ancient and important books of various genres and Nagaon College has digitized about 30 books. “As well, various educational institutions, including Cotton University, have come forward to participate in the project,” he added.
One has to register on to access the digitized books.
The literary body has also taken the initiative to bring Assamese folk tales and those of different tribes including Karbi, Mising and Deori through podcasts to young people. “The folk tales of the different tribes of Assam are very unique. Children in the current era are tech-savvy. Podcasts of the tales will attract children and they can learn about the rich literature of the state,” Saikia said.
The Sabha posted the podcast on its YouTube channel and on Spotify. Storytelling and poetry reading were also covered in the podcast.

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