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Eminent botanist Dr Ananda Dutta passes away

By Correspondent

JORHAT, Jan 16 - Veteran researcher of Assamese folk-culture and �eminent botanist of exceptional merit�, photographer and artist Dr Ananda Chandra Dutta breathed his last this evening at his residence of Khelmati locality near the Club Road here due to stroke. He was 93.

The indomitable spirit of the nonagenarian citizen of Jorhat encouraged most of the senior citizens and young minds as he remained always active in various works.

Dr Dutta could roam various locations of the city of Jorhat by his favourite bicycle and play musical instrument like pepa at his age of 93 even in public meetings while he delivered pragmatic lectures on Bihu and popular instruments of Assamese folk-culture.

Though he was not even qualified for a bachelor degree through formal education, he was honoured with doctorate degree by Dibrugarh University for his invaluable contributions to scientific research on various kinds of plants found across the State.

Dr Dutta started his job at the Tocklai Tea Research Institute of Jorhat during the pre-Independence period.

As he was known to be a perfectionist in herbarium collection and art of plant physiology and many other assigned tasks, the then British scientists of the institute praised his works and merit.

Officials of the institute said that praising the excellence in art and photography of plant-physiology of Dr Dutta, a senior British scientist named Dr William Wight gifted his own cameras to him while the British scientist left the institute decades ago.

Along with Tocklai Tea Research Institute several senior citizens and social organizations of Jorhat expressed deep sorrow in his death.

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