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Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia: The Stalwart of Assamese Culture
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A light on the life and achievements of Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia, one of best Assamese personality of twentiesth century. Profile of Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia, the literateur, novelist, short story writer, filmmaker and renowned teacher who worked for Assam and Assamese culture to his last breathe.
Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia is a name that is remembered with respect and immense love by every person who loves Assam. Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia is one Assamese that tried to squeeze out best out of everything that came to his way. Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia was a teacher, novelist, a short story writer, a film maker and the one who stood there whenever Assam and Assamese people wanted him.
Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia was born in Feb 20, 1932 in Nagaon. His colourful life as an young struggler, who amused himself at his own problems, and unique solutions was best depicted by himself in his autobiography, Jivan-Britta. As a successful student he was, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia obtained Ph.D from prestigious instution like London university, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia also excelled as a teacher and taught in the Gauhati University.
Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia's short stories are always thought provoking, witty and displays his close view of life. They are translated in almost all Indian languages & the radio adaptation of his stories were immensely popular during eighties which had even helped in getting Akash-vani at its height of popularity.
As a film maker Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia's success can not only be fathomed by the achievement of Rajat kamal for almost all his Assamese movies but also their popularity and the critical acclamation that he commanded. Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia's stories are popular even as theatre pieces and helped theatre groups like Awahan to achieve tremendous success .
Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia has acted as a guiding principle to Assamese people by editing and writing two of the best magazines in their own categories Prantik and Sofura. Prantik is still carrying his legacy though Sofura is not there. But the columns that he guided and wrote are still beaming in peoples’ mind .
Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia had started a foundation for upliftment of children as Arohan which is now run by his family. Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia had achieved several honour for his literary contributions. The govt. Of Assam has honoured him with it’s highest honour Sankardeva Award. Moreover is judged as one of the "Twenty one best Assamese Personalities of 20th century". And he righly is .
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Responses to "Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia: The Stalwart of Assamese Culture"
Sri Prasanta Borah
08 Feb 2010 Member Level:
It is a very good article. You can write in details about the contribution of Dr. Bhabendranath Saikia to Assamese Culture and society.
12 Feb 2010 Member Level:
Hi Mr Prasanta , thanks for the appreciation . I thought that the contributions made by Dr. Saikia sir to Assam and the community cannot be limited in words . It is a feeling , a feeling of gratefulness that I wanted to convey through by small article .
In future if I can gather enough research opportunity that I would like to right separately about his contributions.
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