GUWAHATI, Dec 14 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today mourned the death of eminent artiste and cultural activist Krisnamurty Hazarika (84), who passed away on Sunday at 4.20 am due to old-age ailments.
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister stated that an exponent of the Sattriya culture, a playwright and cultural organiser of the State, Hazarika was a relentless cultural activist, whose contributions have strengthened the cultural roots of the State.
�He brought the Sattriya dance form from Sattras to the stage, promoting it in Assam and outside. He would always remain an inspiration for the younger generations and his death is an irreparable loss to the State,� he added.
Born on March 26, 1931 at Nagaon, Krisnamurty Hazarika completed his early education in Nagaon. His cultural life began as a child artiste in Nagaon Natya Mandir. He was an associate of Chandra Phukan and Sarada Bordoloi.
He was also associated with Shillong Kala Parishad as the main artiste and choreographer of Ankiya-style plays Parijat Haran, Rukmini Haran and also Natun Bharat, which was telecast on Doordarshan. He also translated the dance drama Tughlak and directed it, too.
Moreover, he was the founder member of the Assam Association of Delhi. He also served the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and retired as Regional Director of the Song and Drama Division of the North East Region.
He leaves behind his wife Garima Hazarika, an eminent Sattriya dance exponent of the State, son Dr Abhijit Hazarika, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and a host of friends and admirers. His last rites were performed at the Nabagraha crematorium.