The 17th volume of’ Luit to Thames’ brought out by London-based Karuna Sagar Das was released by noted Assamese writer Anuradha Sarma Pujari on 12 March, 2016 at Guwahati Press Club. The English section of this bilingual magazine brought out annually is edited by Srutimala Duara and the Assamese section by Ismail Hussain.
Karuna Sagar Das addressed the gathering with his welcome speech and spoke about the musical function he had organised in London in remembrance of music maestro Bhupen Hazarika where a British young man sang Bhupen Hazarika’s songs. Srutimala Duara’s son Angaraj who lives in Leicester taught his British friend, Sean Reiness, just a line or two of Bhupen Hazarika’s song and recorded it. When Angaraj played the song, Karuna Das contacted him and invited him to the function to sing. The video of his two songs were played in the Press Club on a big screen.
The Chief Guest of the function Lakhimi Goswami spoke about the effort and zeal of Karuna Das for keep the magazine going for 17 years. Srutimala Duara spoke about the articles contributed every year by writers from Assam as well as England and America. She said that the goal of the magazine is to bring together the Assamese people settled on the banks of Luit and those settled in the land of the Thames through a literary bridge.
Ismail Hussain spoke about the Assamese articles contributed by different well known writers. The vote of thanks was offered by Bipul Sarma.