Remembering noted litterateur cum lyricist B Jayantakumar Sharma on his 85th birth anniversary, Manipuri Literary Society Imphal once again expressed their long cherished dream of recognition for one of the patriotic songs of Jayantakumar as the state song of Manipur.
The Manipuri Literary Society Imphal expressed their wish at a function organised by them to mark the birth anniversary of B Jayantakumar Sharma on Tuesday at the hall of Manipur Dramatic Union, Imphal.
The president of the function, who is also the president of the said society, Samurailatpam Prahlad Sharma said that B Jayantakumar Sharma had contributed so much for the society during his life time but the state fails to recognise his service rendered through his creative skills of writing.
Jayantakumar wrote around 1400 songs, five radio dramas, altogether 43 books (of which 23 books are yet to be published), he informed.
“If Jayantakumar were born at Guwahati or in some other states, he may have got the recognition just the way noted singer Bhupen Hazarika was accorded society,” he lamented.
He said that Manipur Literary Society has been urging the authority concerned to recognise “Sana Leibak Manipur” written by Jayantakumar Sharma as the state song of Manipur for past several years, but no attention or interest is being shown by the authority concerned.
However, the society expects that the authority concerned will surely fulfill its long cherished dream, he asserted.
The chief guest of today’s function, MLA Yaiskul constituency, Thokchom Satyabrata Singh said that B Jayantakumar Sharma is an eternal flame of the society. To commemorate his (Jayantakumar) tireless efforts which he had extended during his lifetime, his statue will be erected, he assured.
He also assured of extending support in publishing books written by B Jayantakumar Sharma which are yet to be published. Besides this, he stated that he will try his level best in materialising the demand of identifying “Sana Leibak Manipur” as the state song of Manipur.
Other dignitaries who attended the function today were convenor, Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, Nongmaithem Kirankumar Singh, and former president, Manipur Sahitya Parishad, prof Nongmaithem Tombi Singh as guests of honour.
As a part of the programme, a symposium on ‘Ain Khangjaba Aigya B Jayantakumar Sharma’ was also held on January 14.