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Aroti Saikia

Usually women of our society think that giving birth to a child, raising him/ her together with being busy with the household works are meant to be the only reason of being a women. And this mentality of the majority of women in India has led them stay indoors within a certain boundary of oblivion. But still, keeping in view of these duties many women with the anxiety to cope up with the raising society and the rest of world’s women, urges to break away from this darkness to the bright and beautiful limelight of the developing world. Like the rays of the sun penetrated thought the dark, these women have penetrated through the loop holes of their surrounding walls of heavy duties towards family and have found enough courage to pick up the pen to their power. Today women have encouraged themselves to be able to do anything that any men could. Sometimes moving on with the passion of politics and work, women have empowered themselves to a certain level of equality.

Talking of such extraordinary women we must not forget to mention one name that is well known for her perpetual works and devotion to the field of literacy and service to the society. Born with a golden spoon, Aroti Saikia of Golaghat, daughter of renowned freedom fighter Sri Kulodhor Saliha and Srimati Sashi Prabha Saliha has been an ideal for many women of her time and many times to come. Being the only child she could have had all the freedom of doing anything she liked but instead she decided to do something for the general people and serve the society. She searched something new to add to her life- she was a mother, a teacher, a writer, a poet as well as a politician. Married to a well- established business tycoon of Golaghat, Sri Gargaram Saikia, she could have led a king-size life or we can rather say a very luxurious life but she devoted herself to work for the under developed and be someone that many could follow her path as an icon.

Srimati Aroti Saikia was born 1925 in the month of August in a very rich and honorable family of Jorhat and it was from her father Sri Kulodhar Saikia that she gained her interest in social service and thus worked for the betterment of the society.

It was pre-independence when she started her journey of life her schooling in Jorhat itself and then moved to Kolkata for her higher education. But she had to halt her studies after she passed her intermediate exam- I.A. She returned home, got married but her love and determination towards studies never faded. It must have been tough for to leave what she wanted and to have an entirely different life that she could ever imagine but with the strong devotion and determination she managed her with the household duties and thus she passed her bachelor degree (B.A) and passed her master’s degree (M.A) soon after. She then carried on with the profession as a teacher in Deudhor Girls’ high School, Golaghat. After working and serving as a teacher for almost ten years Srimati Aroti Saikia turned her interest towards art, culture and literature. We believe she could have done a lot to the society if she only focused on art and literature. But she was an open minded person, a bird in an open space. She had moved to politics as well, although she could help and serve the society through the parliament. But sadly, she failed.

Srimati Aroti Saikia was a bit broken after she lost election. But she never let herself down and like herself down and like the English author Jane Austen; she too dedicated her life to art and culture. Her amenity towards literature is exceptional. However if Srimati Saikia would have won committed her work hearts and attracted many readers of almost any age. A fountain of fascinating and exquisite piece of writings would have out poured from her pen.

In the year 1988 she published her book of poems "Roop and Rekha". During the years 1947-48 she published two of her charismatic poems- "Silpir Spon" and "Deuter aakhep" in a magazine named "Surobhi" edited by the renowed Bihogi poet Sri Raghunath Choudhury. Before that in 1944, an excellent piece of her work "Sri Krishna" was published in a magazine "Bahi" edited by Sri Madhab Bezbaruah. In the year 1961 Srimati Saikia was given the responsibility as the chief editor for the magazine of All Assam Women’s Festival held in Golaghat. And in that magazine too she published another piece of her writing titled "Bharatar Keikhonmann Nagaror Smriti". Apart from these, on 12th of October 1966 she published another piece of her work"Jatiya Setona Jagaranot Siksha". In 1975 she published another article titled "International Women’s Year of Renaissance of Indian Womanhood" in a magazine from Golaghat. In the same year she also published a few more articles in a daily of Golaghat named Dhansiri with titles "Pounar Ashramor Biswamahila" and "Sishu Divas Aru Nehrur Adarkha", "Women and Oppression" and "Gandhiji the Saviour of Indian Women" in the North East Times an English newspaper. In Dainik Assam she also wrote "Satitwa, Nari- Dharsan and Nari- Dashak". In a magazine named Sishu Kalyan she wrote another article "Idealism Of Nehru and Children’s Day".

Influential Aroti Saikia has even published a novel named "Sheuji Pator Rong" which was based on true experiences of tea gardens of Assam. She also published a book of her prose in a compilation "Dashamir Joon" in the year 1991 and the publisher was her daughter Srimati Nabanita Hazarika. The prose essays in the compilation were "Matir Maya, Samajdrohi, Kaminir Maya, Anami Sainik, Sanskaror Boli, Bhinnomukhi, Shuur, Kalpana Bilakh, Hahir Madhur Khyon, Khanikor, Gaonor Sarishrip and Pratikshya." She was a social worker and being a member or All Assam Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, Mrs. Saikia had to travel to a lot of places along with others and seeing those different environments and different cultures at many different places, she wrote down her experiences her true feelings in the form of prose and poetry. Her abstracts on women welfares, sufferings and women’s development were among many that touched readers widely.

In her book "Roop and Rekha" the compilation of her poems can be categorized into three parts: 1. Nature 2. Humanity and 3. Invocation

"Hey Kachenjunga! Mouno Kio tumi?

Jounaakoti

Hey mahadyoti! Jidoeghotilaji

Dyuloukarubhu- loukorapurbo Milan

Haidore houk jon- jibonor hote

Maha jibonor joghutro….?

In the poem "Brikhohobha" Srimati Saikia shared her intimate relationship with the Mother Nature. In fact the mango tree, the banyan, the modar and nahor came up to share their intimacy with the human in the poem. Like poet Chandrakumar Agar Walla in his poem "Manob Bondona", Aroti Saikia in too her poem "Achyut Konya" clearly depicted the phrase "manuhei deva manuhei hewa".

"nuhua asprisya tumi

Shrestha parichay tobo

Dhuli dhukhorito aru fool- pate hulubhit

Aei dhoronire tumi manob sanatan…

"(Achyut Konya)

"Nohoi Potita Kewe", "Bikha Konya", "Khudhita", "Pakhani" etc were a few among the poems where she tried to depict the protest against the atrocities on women by men-

"Homobeto Protibeto Narikontho Ninadi Uthe

Horob Protibadere

Bisar lage, Dukhir Shasi lage

Ahibo Hudim, Mohakal hobo Protikhud

Bibekor Donkhonot Umolibo Dukhi Sob Fasir Kathot…."

Women, although soft by heart like a flower can also be stronger than a thunder storm. And this nature of women can clearly view in her poem "Bikha Konya".

"Tai Dhali Dile Surobhi Modira

Dhuke Dhuke Pan Kori hai holahol

Hehot Dhoti Poril…"

(Bikha Konya)

"Jagriti" "Jibon Hilpi", "Podjatra", "Santijatra" etc were few of those poems where she rendered a perfect image of her expertise in writing poems and putting down her feelings through those.

Poet Aroti Saikia, in her book of poems, "Roop aru Rekha", expressed her sensitivity and thought provoking emotions in a very simple manner. In this book, few poems also relate to the social and gregarious affairs and also some of those poems are being translated into English and are included among the others in the second version of the same.

Her inspiring and pleasing poems were so heart touching that they resulted into marvelous master work of writing and was distinguished as a prominent personality.

While she was working at Dondodhor Girls High School, Golaghat, she translated a drama of Rabindra Nath Tagore and made the students to act the same.

Srimati Aroti Saikia had a challenging life ahead of her family as the self employed herself towards social service. She was among those organizations of Assam" Sadou Asm Lekhika Samaroh Samiti" since the initial stage. She is the president of Golaghat Jila Parishad Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, Advisor Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti and apart from that is also a very honorable member of Jila Sahitya and Sakja Sahitya Sabha, Golaghat. She is also an active member of Assam Pradesh Mahila Samiti and Golaghat Jila Mahila Samiti. In 1982, she presided over the 7th conference of Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti held in Lakhimpur.

Recently she is being awarded as literary Pensioner by the Govt. of Assam. She also received "Lekhika Samaroh Samiti Hu-Hongothokor Bota" in fond memory of Bishnu Rabha awardee Horanon Borthakur. She was also entitled with "Samaj Ratna", "Sadashya Ratna", "Pragyashree" etc for her endless work towards society and literature.

In 1977, she unfortunately lost her husband in a road accident, but her effortless and courageous works and love towards art and culture and literature helped her to overcome all such difficulties of life and she worked for the betterment of the society and influenced many such young writers and poets. Her life itself is an inspiration from where one can learn that inspire of any circumstance and any tragic happenings, we can move on by doing lots of good and innovative things for the society.

 

 

 
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