Laying The Brick

The calendar marked the 29th day of January 1949. The location was the quaint city of Dibrugarh. Lt. Chandrakanta Hazarika finally established his vision of creating an organization that helped support the education and literature of Assamese culture. Something that kept him awake for countless nights. Dreams. Of a more learned public of Assam. With a humble start, the organization initially focused on creating storybooks for children, laying the foundation for a remarkable legacy.

This year marked a significant milestone in Bani Mandir's history with the publication of its first book, "PHEHUJAALI," Literally translated to "Early Dawn" or "Pre-Dawn." This book was a testament to the founder's innovative spirit, providing a diverse range of books to cater to the knowledge seekers of Assam. It was a concept that set the organization on a path to transform the literary landscape.
A New Chapter
Bani Mandir ventured into trading educational reference books for the Arts stream, aimed at Higher Secondary and Undergraduate students. This decision proved to be a game-changer, as these books quickly gained popularity among students and educators. Bani Mandir's relentless commitment to providing quality educational resources began to bear fruit.
A Family Thing
In 1984, under the leadership of the eldest son, Mr. Surjya Kanta Hazarika, Bani Mandir expanded its presence to Guwahati, Assam, laying the foundation for a new chapter in the organization's growth. Parallely, he ventured into journalism by establishing a printing press named ‘Chandrakanta Press PVT. LTD.’ He then proceeded to launch the newspaper ‘Natun Dainik’ in 1990, with editorial guidance from the late Lt. Chandraprasad Saikia. Meanwhile, the middle son, Mr. Ujjal Hazarika, supported his father in expanding the business in Dibrugarh and networking more in the upper Assam areas. Chandrakanta Hazarika being a dedicated follower of Shrimanta Sankardev, also served as Bor Medhi of Bar Alengi Sattra located in Majuli. Following his father's footsteps, Ujjal Hazarika shoulders the Research and Teaching Institute Chandrakanta Sewa Ashram with wings of Chandrakanta Hazarika Sattriya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.
1995 -2008
Founder's Demise
Around this time, 1995, the founder and their father, Chandrakanta Hazarika passed away, leaving behind the responsibility of the idea he visualized to his sons. Here, steps into the arena, Utpal Hazarika, the youngest and dynamic member of the family. With a progressive mindset, he took on the responsibility of expanding the legacy of the organization. Simultaneously, he diversified the family business into other sectors, showcasing his commitment to growth and innovation. Both young brothers, with the support of their families, continued to expand the business by making their father’s dream to provide knowledge and education to the masses a long-lasting legacy in Dibrugarh and Guwahati. Utpal Hazarika, managing the Guwahati branch, pioneered the introduction of NCERT books through-out North East and this motive led to the establishment of branches in Tezpur and Jorhat in the year 1993 and 2005 respectively. He also founded Labanya Prakashan in 2006.
2009 - 2022

Bani Mandir, with eyes worldwide, represented India in the Beijing International Book Fair, World Book Fair Delhi and Seoul International Book Fair. The organization’s catalog covers more than 2500 varieties of story books, textbooks, reference books, guide books, sample papers, entrance books, biographies, encyclopedias, religious books and then some. It also includes books on the Literary works of Assam’s icons, such as Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Laxminath Bezboruah, as well as some documentary films of the Literary and Cultural icons of Assam.
With more than 2000 notable publishing projects so far, they have been awarded Printing Awards in 1986 by Assam Sahitya Sabha and in 2006 by The Apex Literary Organisation Of Assam. In the fond memory of their mother, the brothers introduced the Aadarsha Matri Award, an excellence award to a remarkable mother contributor from the society, since 2009 every year with Assam Lekhika Sangstha.

Lifetime Achievers Award

Bani Mandir was also awarded the Lifetime Achievers Award by the Federation Of Indian Publishers in 2023.

2023 - Present
New Beginnings

The eldest brother of the three, Surjya Kanta Hazarika, being recognised for his contributions towards the Literature Culture of Assam, was elected the President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha in 2023. This is a testament of the values and the efforts portrayed in the entire tenure of 75 years of service by this family.

The legacy is transitioning to the third generation, poised to define and achieve new heights. Pradipta S Hazarika, having recently completed his MBA, is now managing the Dibrugarh store, following in the footsteps of his father, Ujjal Hazarika.