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Poet-critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya passes away

Poet-critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya passes away

GUWAHATI, Sep 2: Eminent poet and critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya passed away at the wee hours Friday at a private nursing home in Guwahati. He was 94. The poet and litterateur was admitted to GNRC hospital on Wednesday after he developed respiratory problems and other old-age ailments. However, his health turned critical and he breathed his last at 4am on Friday.
Born at Meleng Kathgaon in Jorhat on December 4, 1921, he passed his HSLC examination from Kakojan High School in 1940 and intermideate from JB College, Jorhat in 1942. He did his B.A. privately and then completed his Masters in Assamese.
Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya began his career as a teacher at Kakojan High School and later joined St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, in 1960 as a lecturer in Assamese. Three years later, he joined Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati, from where he retired in 1983.
Regarded among the finest poets ofAssam, Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya’s first literary work ‘Aei Kuwoli’ was published in 1979. His other acclaimed anthologies include ‘Serasalir Malita’ (1983), ‘Aahot Xopun’ (1983), ‘Noni Asone Ghorot’ and ‘Biday Phulor Din’ (2002).
He was honoured with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 for his collection of literary works ‘Mahat Oitijhya’. Other awards conferred on him include the Soviet Land Nehru Award in 1983, Mrinalini Devi Award, Indian Language Parishad award, Chagganlal Jain award, the prestigeous Assam Valley Literary Award in 2006. He was honoured with the Sahityacharya title by Asam Sahitya Sabha in 2010.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled his death terming his demise as a great loss to the State.
His list rites were performed at the Nabagraha crematorium with full State honour.

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