Sadin-Pratidin Owner Jayanta Baruah on Monday received the official certificate from the Guinness World Records team for the record-making achievement of Hemkosh as the largest bilingual Braille dictionary.
The certificate was presented in the presence of Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria, GU Vice Chancellor Pratap Jyoti Handique, and Professor of Sanskrit Department Delhi University Bhartendu Pandey at BKB Auditorium in Gauhati University.
While handing over the official certificate, official adjudicator of Guinness World Records Rishi Nath congratulated Jayanta Baruah and Hemkosh Prakashan and everyone involved.
He said, "With 90, 640 words Hemkosh has become the largest bilingual Braille dictionary."
Nath called it an amazing, phenomenal feat.
It may be mentioned that South-East Asia’s first Braille version of the prestigious Assamese dictionary "Hemkosh" officially etched its name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest bilingual Braille dictionary on April 24.
It was the first Assamese dictionary, edited by late Hemchandra Baruah in the 19th century. After more than 125 years, the Braille version of ‘Hemkosh’ was conceptualized and published by the Editor of Asomiya Pratidin and Sadin-Pratidin Owner, Jayanta Baruah.
The first Assamese language dictionary, ‘Hemkosh’, was compiled by Late Hemchandra Baruah in the later part of the 19th century, and was published four years later after his demise. The subsequent editions, of the dictionary, were published by the next generations of his family, particularly from the fourth edition to the 14th edition, was compiled and edited by Hemkosh Pran Debananda Baruah, the father of Mr. Jayanta Baruah, who currently owns the media conglomerate of Assam, 'Pratidin Media Network'.
In a bid to continue the ‘Hemkosh’ legacy, Shri Jayanta Baruah as the grandson of Late Hemchandra Baruah, conceptualized, and published the Braille edition of ‘Hemkosh’. This edition of ‘Hemkosh’ comprises of approximately 10,000 pages comprising more than 15 volumes.