Bodo Sahitya Sabha

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Bodo Sahitya Sabha
बर' थुनलाइ आफाद
Abbreviation BSS


बर राव गेवलांथों
Formation November 16, 1952; 64 years ago (1952-11-16)
Type non political organization
Purpose To promote the culture of Bodo and Bodo literature
Headquarters Rupnath Brahma Bhawan, Kokrajhar, Assam
Coordinates 26°12′02″N 92°56′15″E / 26.2006°N 92.9376°E / 26.2006; 92.9376Coordinates: 26°12′02″N 92°56′15″E / 26.2006°N 92.9376°E / 26.2006; 92.9376
Official language
Kameshwar Brahma
Kamlakanta Muchahary
Website Official website

On November 16, 1952, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (Bodo: बर’ थूनलाइ आफाद), the vanguard of Bodo language and literature, was founded under the presidency of Joy Bhadra Hagjer, a Dimasa leader at Basugaon, in the district of Kokrajhar, Assam consisting of representatives of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Nepal in abroad.

Early work[edit]

After India obtained independence, a critical mass of Bodo intellectuals realized the need for preservation of Bodo language. Many early Bodo authors studied in schools and colleges, where medium of instruction was either Assamese or Bengali. Bodo intellectuals felt that Bodo language must be preserved and developed at par with Assamese and Bengali languages. Bodo people realized very late that the education was the key component to the overall development of Bodo people and their language. After prolonged struggle and determination of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (Bodo Literary Organization), the Bodo language was introduced as a medium of instruction at primary level in 1963 and then at secondary level in 1968. Bodo language and literature has been recognized as one of the Major Indian Languages (MIL) in Gauhati, Dibrugarh and North-Eastern Hill Universities. In 1985, Bodo has been recognized as an associated state official language of Assam.

Recent development[edit]

Now the language has attained a position of pride with the opening of the Post-Graduate Courses in Bodo language and literature in the University of Gauhati in 1996 and in Bodoland University, Kokrajhar. Moreover,under the aegis of the commission for Scientific and Technical terminology, HRD Ministry, the Govt. of India, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha is preparing more than forty thousand scientific and technical terms in Bodo language. Further, it is promised, the Sahitya Academy would accord "Bhasa Sonman"(respect for language) to the Bodo language and literature as an initial token of full-fledged recognition to it. Furthermore, the Govt. of India, in principle, has recognized the necessity of inclusion of the Bodo language and literature in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.


Moreover, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha has to its credit a large number of books on prose, poetry, drama, short story, novel, biography, travelogue, children's literature & criticism.


Joy Bhadra Hagjer 1952-1966
Satish Chandra Basumatary 1966-1968
Gauri Kt. Brahma 1968-1974
Ramdas Basumatary 1974-1977
Lakheswar Brahma 1977-1980
Ramdas Basumatary 1980-1983
Jogendra Kr. Basumatary 1983-1990
Kamal Kr. Brahma 1990-1993
Moni Ram Mochari 1993-1996
Bineshwar Brahma 1996-2000 (Aug.)
Daleswar Boro (Acting) 2000-2002 (Aug.)
Brojendra Kr. Brahma 2002-2008
Kameshwar Brahma 2008–Present

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