Padma Shri awardee and eminent Assamese writer Lakshmi Nandan Bora breathed his last today at Excel Care Hospital, Guwahati. He was 89.
The doyen of Assamese literature was engaged with Assam Agriculture University for most of the time of his life, but along with that, he was one who made Assamese literature profound with his writing.
Bora, former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha penned many award-winning novels including Patal Bhairavi, Ganga Chilonir Pakhi, and Kayakalpa. A recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and Saraswati Samman, Bora was honored by the Government of India in 2015 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.
Born on 15th June 1932 in the then Nagaon district, Bora did his schooling at Nagaon High School and then graduated from Cotton College in Physics.
He was a post-graduate in physics from Presidency College, Kolkata. He pursued doctoral studies in meteorology at Andhra University. Lakhmi Nandan Bora was the first person to be awarded a doctoral degree in meteorology by the university.
The demise of such an intelligentsia surely will leave Assamese literature and society at a great loss.