The Assam Cabinet, in its sitting at Dispur on 15th December, has decided to adopt Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa’s O Mur Apunar Desh as the State anthem.
The Government will soon hold talks with different organizations, including the Asam Sahitya Sabha, to ascertain the correct notations of the song.
Earlier two cultural activists from Assam’s Golaghat district – Arup Ballav Goswami and Bhiswadeep Neog have raised the pitch for recognizing the doyen’s song ‘o mur apunar desh’ as the state anthem. They filed an RTI application to the cultural department in June this year, seeking information whether the song has any official recognition. The department informed that the song has no government recognition as the state anthem.
It is worthy to mention that O Mur Apunar Desh is sang in various government and non-government functions and popularly known as Assam’s ‘Jatiya Sangeet’ (anthem), it has no official recognition.
“The song is popular and people of Assam have immense respect for it. In 1924, during the sixth session of Assam Sahitya Sabha on April 19 and 20 in Dibrugarh, the song was accepted as Assam’s anthem. Even during the 1927/1929 Assam Chatra Sanmelan in Tezpur, the song was announced as the state anthem. In school books, too, this song is referred to as the ‘Jatiya Sangeet’.