Manisha Bordoloi, Gauhati University, Gauhati, Assam.


River is an integral part of nature. Human relation with river is eternal. We can say that river is the mother of human civilization. Every civilization on earth is linked with a river. So, people have considered rivers and streams as mother. Rivers make life unendurable in cities and villages during the monsoon because of the flood that it causes, still it berns out to be blessing for the farmers as it fill the paddy fields with silt as soon as the flood ceases. Due to this double – standard quality of river, it is considered as a natural resource. Rivers have occupied a significant place in the field of literature also since the ancient time. Creative writers are unable to write ignoring the importance of river. Hence, river has played an important role in every type of literature. Influences of rivers in the economical and social life of peoples are well expressed by writers in their works. River is a very popular theme in modern Assamese Literature. In the eyes of the poets, river is an embodiment of encouragement and unending motion of Life. Poets think it is a bridge between life and death. In poetry river is a screne image of sorrows and joys. Moreover, river sides have become the place of communal harmony among various tribes and races. Starting from Debakanta Baruah to contemporary poets like Pranab Kumar Barman, Karabi Deka Hazarika have given river an important role in their poems. In this research paper, an elaborate discussion will be made on this topic.