First of all I wish to thank the members for electing the new executive and reposing confidence in us to carry the torch forward in the exciting journey started by the pioneers among us more than three decades ago. The great convention in Chicago showed that we have grown largely as a community and a new generation of talented and enthusiastic has emerged in the fields of culture, scholarship and industry. We should all be proud of this.
This is also a moment to reflect on the sad demise of our beloved Dr. Kamna Das who has been an epitome of dedication, enthusiasm and leadership spanning all generations for several decades. We, the new executive, will try our level best to carry on the lofty traditions of our organization and doyens like Kamna baidew. Let us all pray that her soul rests in peace.
- Dr. Gautam L. Baruah
The passing of our beloved Bhupenda has struck all of us dumbfounded with inconsolable grief and has created the biggest void in our lives. As we take the first hesitant and uncertain steps into an unknown world, let us remember the musical, literary, genial and humorous stalwart from Assam through our own personal interactions with him. This fall newsletter is a modest attempt to rekindle some of the memories of the great times we had with Bhupenda. He was one of the greatest sons of Assam but the whole of India knew and loved him. He brought our great and variegated Assamese ethos and culture into the homes of people all over India and the world.This was really reinforced recently when my Sindhi colleague at the office started singing Dil hum hum kare… when I mentioned to him that we were organizing a Shraddhanjali for Bhupenda in Chicago.
- Dr. Monoranjan Bezboruah (Outgoing President)
We begin with a thank you to the community for entrusting us with the responsibilities of the AANA Executive for the 2009—2011 term. In carrying out our duties, we could count on the help from many. In particular, Dilara Boruah, Debabrata Sarma, Ruprekha Baruah and Probha Saikia, Roopa Sharma, Ganesh Deka, Anee and Ranjan Deka, Robert Satin, Pankaj Saharia and Parthajit Baruah, Uma Talukdar and Arundhati Barua, and Arup Goswami helped us by providing the regional/local news/information as and when we called for it. Thank you.We lost a few members of the Association. We mourn their deaths! The deaths of Dr. Jitendra G.Borpujari and Dr. Kamna Das, hit the Association hard, we missed two key persons. The Dr. Kamna Das Memorial Trophy is a timely tribute to her ideals. When we were asked to select the Recipient for the Dr. Kamna Das Memorial Trophy, we looked around, talked to many from all four corners of the North America, and was elated to find one amongst ourselves. Thus, the Executive Committee reported to the organizers thus:
The Selection Committee was delighted to note that amongst us itself there is an individual who fits the candidate that we were looking for to award the Kamna Memorial Trophy.