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