Noted Assamese Writer Imran Shah was elected as the new president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, the State’s apex literary body, for the session 2013-2015. The announcement was made during the proceedings of Sahitya Sabha’s two-day long seventh executive general session that concluded at Koliabor in Nagaon district on Sunday. Shah, a poet, novelist and playwright, is going to succeed prominent writer Rong Bong Terang.
In the election to the president’s post, Shah secured 581 votes, while Dr Naren Kalita came second with 114 votes and Kanak Sarma came third with 63 votes. For the vice-president’s post Dr Paramananda Rajbonshi won 407 votes, followed by Bhubaneswar Deka and Radha Bora who secured 246 and 99 votes respectively. In the election to the general secretary’s post, Prahlad Tasa got 459 votes. Haren Kalita and Ismail Hussain came second and third with 191 and 105 votes respectively. The Sabha’s 2015 conference will be held at Kaliabor as decided at the 7th executive plenary session.
Imran Shah, born on November 23, 1933 to Mohammad Shah and Mariam Nisa, also writes under the pseudonym of Ishan Dutta. Shah, the retired HOD of Assamese in SivasagarCollege is currently serving as the principal of ArunodoiCollege, Sivasagar. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Assam Valley Award and Ajan Peer Award.
Ishan Duttar Nirbasita Kabita, Bandi Bihangame Kande, Ityadi, Pora Matir Malita, Hiyar Phulanir Phul, Jonakar Sobi, Krantirekha, Jabanbandi, Kukuha, etc are some of his notable works.
Talking to media persons after his election as Sahitya Sabha’s President, he said, “I will perform by deeds, not words. It is a heavy duty which has been put on my shoulders and I will try to justify it. I will show the result in front of the people of Assam through my work.” “I have never been associated with the Sahitya Sabha and as such I’m not much aware about its working procedures. But since I have been elected the president, I will take the responsibility with full respect,” he added.
As the news of his election as Sahitya Sabha’s president breaks, a large number people of SivasagarTown gathered at his residence located on Dhai Ali to congratulate him.