• Adieu 2021: Remembering personalities from Assam who left us this year

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    Digital Desk: One day before welcoming the New Year, let's remember the great personalities who have bid goodbye in 2021. The loss of these personalities has left a void in our hearts.

    Assam this year has lost some of the great people whose contributions will remain as a treasure forever. Let's have a look at the list of these noted people.

    Homen Borgohain: Homen Borgohain was known as 'batabrikkha', an esteemed banyan tree that supported a complete ecosystem of readers, authors and literary enthusiasts. With his demise, Assam has lost an 'Anmol Ratan.' Borgohain breathed his last at the age of 88 due to cardiac arrest on May 12, 2021. He was conferred with the Sahitya Akademi award. 

    Borgohain has also served as the president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha. An esteemed journalist known for his thought-provoking and razor-sharp political writings, he was the founding editor of many weekly magazines. In his own words, he studied each day of his life like a student preparing for his exams.

    Bhumidhar Barman: Barman was the former Assam Chief Minister. He was 89 years when he took his last breath. He was suffering from old age-related ailments. Burman was known for his powerful grassroots to connect and had in the past faced three attacks of militant outfits, ULFA. 

    Bhumidhar Barman was involved in the formulation of modalities of NRC and led the cabinet sub-committee. He played a significant role in a peace accord with former militant outfit Bodo Liberation Tigers.

    Prabhat Sarma: What a loss for the state to bid goodbye to Prabhat Sarma this year. Winner of numerous awards, the flautist had received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 for his contribution to folk and traditional music of Assam. He died at the age of 85. Sarma was also committed to researching Sattriya dance, a classical form innovated by Srimanta Sankardeva in Assam.

    Sarma, who had a pack of musical instruments, including a few that are now obsolete, built a gallery in a small shape and later shared life to the obscure tools by conducting orchestras with them.

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    Lakshmi Nandan Bora: Padma Shri awardee and well-known Assamese litterateur Lakshmi Nandan Bora died on June 3 after suffering from Covid-19 complications. He took his last breath at the age of 89. Bora has written more than 60 books, including Patal Bhairavi and Kayakalpa. 

    The Government of India conferred Lakshmi Nandan Bora in 2015 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award. He also served as the president of Assam Sahitya Sabha (1996-1997) and as a member of the Planning Commission of Assam.

    Parvin Pori: Assamese singer Parvin Pori passed away this year after suffering from Covid-19 complications. She died at the age of 32 in Guwahati. With a melodious voice, Parvin Pori has a beautiful heart. She was an energetic singer who has performed among locals through Bihu functions with Bihu songs. 

    Sananta Tanty: Sahitya Akademi Award-winning poet Sananta Tanty died this year in New Delhi after a prolonged illness. He left us at the age of 69. Tanty started his professional career as an Assam Tea Employees' Provident Fund Organisation employee in Jorhat in 1971 and retired as Deputy Provident Fund Commissioner in 2012. 

    Tanty's poets reflected real scenes of life and society. He played the role of an aware citizen through his writings. The generations will always cherish his writings to come. 

    Rinku Singh Nikumbh: Dreamgirl actor Rinku Singh Nikumbh left us this year after suffering from Covid complications. She was known for her role in Ayushmann Khurrana's Dream Girl. She left us with a smile very early at the age of 35. The performer was last seen in Aadar Jain's film Hello Charlie. She has even acted in TV shows such as Chidiyaghar, Meri Haanikarak Biwi ", and others.

    Anima Guha: Noted writer and social activists Anima Guha passed away at the age of 89. She is known for her contribution to society through her activism and writings. She has also worked as the pool officer for the Scientific and Industrial Research Council from 1980-1984. Anima has even served as the president of Nirjatan Birodhi Oikya Mancha, a women's rights forum.

    These are some of the well-known personalities from Assam who have left us this year. The absence left by these noted people will always be felt. Assam will always be grateful for their contributions.

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