#### A BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF ASSAM NEPALI SAHITYA SABHA (ANSS)


INTRODUCTION :-
The Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha is the pioneer Nepali literary organisation of Nepalese living in Assam. Its aims and objectives in short are - (a) developing language, literature and preserving culture and heritage among the Assamese Nepalese ; (b) establishing ethnic integration among the different ethnic literary organisations in the state ; (c) make known the various problems of Nepalese and finding solutions of them establishing relations/contacts with the literary, cultural and educational institutions of the state as well as central government ; (d) honour, falicite and inspire eminent and new literateures of the state etc.


A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF ESTABLISHMENT AND ACTIVITIES ::-

The Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha was established on 19th August, 1993 at Hawaipur in the district of Karbi Anglong, Assam, by the representatives of the state of Assam in a huge gathering. The founder President and the General Secretary of the Sabha were Dr. Laxmi Prasad Parajuli and Dr. Harka Bahadur Chetry respectively. Its first conference was held on 16, 17 and 18 January 1998 at Gamiripal, district Sonitpur. A full fledged Central Executive body was formed in it ; flag, constitution etc. were adopted here. Urgent proposals regarding language and literature were adopted. Afterwards, statewide activities of the Sabha came to be known among the masses. Presently, the Sabha has its 15 district committees, more than 100 primary branches all over the state. Its second full fledged conference was organised in 2004 at Silchar town and the third was held at Disangmukh, Sivsagar district in 2007. The ensuing forth three yearly conference is scheduled to hold at Bishwanath Charali, Sonitpur district in the year 2011. The organisation has been registered by the Govt. of Assam under Society Registration Act of 1860 as per its Memo no. RS/SPR/242/A/12-2001. its Headquarter is at Tezpur ; but for the convenience of smooth functioning two other Regional Offices are also opened at Hawaipur, Karbi Anglong and Golia, Sonitpur. Demands for opening up other two Regional Offices has already been raised in the eastern and western part of the state as well.

The Adhoc Committee of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha, 19th Agaust 1993. (Hawaipur)

Advisers:

1.LateBishnulal Upadhyaya.

2.Sri Tarapati Upadhyaya.

3. Sri Lil Bahadur Chhetry.

President: Dr. Laxmi Prasad Parajuli. Vice Presidents: Sri K.B. chhetry, Sri Khemananda Mishra.

General Secretary: Sri H. B. Chhetry , Joint Secretary : Sri Kamal Chandra Upadhyaya.

Asstt. Secretary: Sri Gopal Sharma.

Members : Sri Narayan Chandra Upadhyaya, Sri Dambar Dahal, Sri Pradip Rai, Sri Rohitabh Gautam,

Sri Bhaskar Subedi, Sri Hari Adhikary, Sri Uttam Adhikary, Sri Tilak Khanal.

Invited Members: Sri Ganesh Chapagain, Sri Umakanta Dhakal, and Sri Sashi Kumar Sharma.

The First Full-fledged Elected EC of ANSS was formed in Gamiripal On 17th January 1997 With Dr. Laxmi Prasad Parajuli as President and Prof. Kamal Chandra Upadhyaya as General Secretary.


INTEGRATING PROGRAMMES ::-

Since very inseption of the organisation, it has organised a number of integrating programmes from time to time. On 19th and 20th August, 2001, the Sabha organised a two dayer conference of different ethnic literary organisations of the state - the vary Sabhas viz - Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Karbi Sahitya Sabha, Tai Ahom Sahitya Sabha, Manipuri Sahitya Parsishad, Rabha Sahitya Sabha, Garo Sahitya Sabha, Dimasa Sahitya Sabha, Tiwa Sahitya Sabha, Bengali Sahitya Parishad in collaboration with renowned literary organisation Asom Sahitya Sabha at Hawaipur, Karbi Anglong ; and the Nepali and non-Nepali scholars, intellectuals and media persons had highly appreciated and praised it as the ever new and peerless venture in the 70 years old history of Asom Sahitya Sabha in the state. Neverthless, Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha has remained one of the founder members of "Sammilit Sahitya Sabha Manch, Asom'' constituted in the initiative of the Asom Sahitya Sabha. Moreover, it has corporated and participated actively in the different collaborative, co-relative activities of the same. It has maintained a custom to honour non-Nepali literateures and artists in its various programmes. It is praiseworthy to mention that the renown authoress of the USA Dr. Cindy L Perry has been felicitated called her at Hawaipur, Karbi Anglong, Assam, for her ingenuity in reaserch whereabout the Nepalese in the world, on 26th July, 2006.

SEMINARS / SYMPOSIUMS ::-

The Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha has been organising seminars / symposiums in the level of central, district and branches in various places of the state of Assam. Speeches and lectures has been delivered by vary subject experts and scholars on the subjects viz. language, literature, culture and academic side emphasizing the importance of them. It has also organised Kavi Sammelan, Bahubhashi Kavi Sammelan, workshop and so on.

AWARDS ::-

The organisation has introduced an award namely "Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha Puraskar" from 2005 AD onwards. The award is conferred to a personility eminent, aged who has contributed to the Nepali language and literature in a great deal. And the same has been conferred on to the Doyan of the Nepali and Assamese language, late Hari Prasad Gorkha Rai and to late Bishnulal Upadhyay in 2005, to Mr. Lil Bahadur Chetry for 2006, to Mr. Hari Prasad Khanal for 2007 and to Mr. Tarapati Upadhyay for 2008. The award contains Rs. 5000, a felicitation card, a packet of books and a medal. It has newly introduced another award for the young writers for their first and best work viz - "Sahitya Prabhat Puraskar", for inspiring them. It is to be conferred after every 3 years.

PUBLICATIONS ::-

The Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha has its own Bulletin namely "Sabha Samvad" of which seven issues have already been published so far upto July, 2009. Eighth issue is likely to be published in the second week of September 2009. It has published novel, poetry, translation, biography etc. By the by, the Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha has edited / prepared and got published books for school level as well as college level in Nepali. It has been a collaborator cum collector and editor in preparation of "Madhyamik Nepali Sahitya", Part 1 for class IX and "Madhyamik Nepali Sahitya", Part 2 for class X in association with the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA), published by the Assam State Textbook Production & Publication Corporation Limited, Govt. of Assam. The Sabha has edited and published the only Nepali MIL textbook "Nepali Sahitya Manjari" for Degree Course of Gauhati and Silchar University. The organisation has got introduced Nepali Elective Course in the Degree level ; and has undertaken a scheme to publish the textbooks the course concerned. It is to be noted that a high level deligation of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha met University Authority on 11th April, 2009 regarding introducing Nepali MA Course in IDOL, as per letter no. ANSS/Edn/2009/325-11th April 2009. As a sequence of this, the University of Gauhati has opened and introduced MA Course in Nepali under its "Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL)" as per Gauhati University Memo No. GU/ACAD/EDU/09/5097-510/dt 07-05-09. It is the outcome of continual, times and again trial and pressure caused on the University Authority at a stretch. The Sabha has a copy of the same sent by the Academic Registrar, Gauhati University.
It has planned to publish an introductory book on "Who’s who" of the North-eastern Nepali writers including all ; of which, the work is on progress. It is expected that it will come to light withiin a year. Further, contacted with CIIL, Mysore, Govt. of India for publishing the "Annotated cultural vocabulary in Nepali" in collaboration with the CIIL. The proof reading of the same is going on. The Sabha has also made arrangements for preserving the books, magazines, leaflets, periodicals etc.