Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 27: Noted Assamese litterateur, linguist, educationist, Sahityacharya Dr Ramesh Pathak breathed his last at his Hatigaon residence on Tuesday evening following prolonged illness. He was 79 and is survived by a daughter.

His late rites were performed at the Nabagraha crematorium today with State honours in the presence of the Media Adviser to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami and the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Biswajit Pegu.

Born at Tihu in Nalbari district, Dr Pathak completed his graduation from Cotton College and then pursued post-graduation from Gauhati University, from where he received the PhD degree also.

He started his career as a teacher at Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh and later joined Cotton College. He served as a guest faculty in Gauhati University and Dibrugarh University.

As a linguist, he worked a lot to ensure accurate use of Assamese language. He prepared a dictionary Samagrik Asomiya Sabdakoshwhich is considered to be one of the most useful dictionaries in Assamese. His another remarkable contribution towards Assamese language is Uchottar Byakaran.

He also penned a number of books on Assamese language, such as Bhasha Bigyanar Bhumika, Asomiya Bhashar Itihash, Byakaran Aru Prakriti Bigyan, Upabhasa Bigyanar Bhumika, Puroni Asomiya Bhasar Ruptawta, Puroni Asomiya Sahityar Subash, etc.

Moreover, he also has to his credit a number of books, including literary criticisms, dramas, novels, collection of poems, satires, etc. As recognition of his works, Publication Board Assam had recently honoured him with the lifetime achievement award 2020.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condoled the demise of Dr Pathak. Recalling his contributions towards the Assamese language, Sonowal termed his demise as an irreparable loss for the State.

Asam Sahitya Sabha, Jatiya Adarsha Siksha Sangsad, the Bharatiya Janata Party, etc., have also mourned Dr Pathak’s demise.