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Gagan Chandra Adhikari passes away

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 30 - Eminent children�s litterateur Gagan Chandra Adhikari passed away at a private hospital this evening. He was 79 and had been ailing for some time. Adhikari who devoted himself wholeheartedly to children�s literature for over six decades carved a niche for himself in his chosen field. His creations shine with a deep understanding of the psyche of a child and are often laced with beautiful humour. His innumerable poems and a sizeable number of works of prose bear testimony to his genius and untiring efforts in putting Assamese children�s literature on a firm pedestal.

Adhikari is the only Assamese writer to be awarded by the Sahitya Akademi for contributing exclusively to children�s literature. Born to Purna Chandra Adhikari and Umadinee Devi Adhikari in 1941, Adhikari grew up in a religious ambience at Kaimari Sattra in Chaygaon of Kamrup district. He did his matriculation from Chaygaon High School in 1957, I.Sc. from Cotton College in 1959, graduation with honours in Economics from B. Borooah College in 1963 and masters in Political Science from Gauhati University in 1967. From 1961 to 1967 he served in the Life Insurance Corporation of India at the divisional office in Guwahati and joined government service in 1967. He retired as Joint Director of Employment in 1999.

Adhikari has published 13 books which include six anthologies of poems � Tokat Ekota Hatee (1981), Rodali Ae Rod Aekon De (1988), Kok-Kokre-Kok Ke-Ke-Hua (1990), Aakharar Geet (1995), Tinikhan Theng Hall Burhi Aitar (1995), Torch Mora Mah (2001); fiction and folk tales � Manoram Khabarar Pera (1995), Makhan Mamar Sadhu (2002), Asomiya Bhikhari (2001); compilation and editing � Biren Borkataki Byaktitya Aru Pratibha (1986), Omala Gharar Puthi (1990) and Navakanta Baruah Sishu Sahitya Samagra Pari I (2003).

A recipient of the Premadhar Dutta Memorial Award by Asam Sahitya Sabha in 1982 for the best children�s literature in Assamese language, Adhikari�s other awards include NBT�s Award in 1992 for the best illustrated children�s literature in Assamese for the book Rodali Ae Rod Aekon De, Gajendranath Saharia Memorial Award in 2001 for overall literary achievement, literary pension by the State Government from 2002, and Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademi in 2010.

A life member of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Asam Sattra Mahasabha and Shreemanta Sankardev Kristi Bikash Kendra (Guwahati), Adhikari served the Asam Sahitya Sabha as assistant general secretary from 1984 to 1986. He is the founder president of Guwahati Night Junior College, former president of Guwahati Sattra Mahasabha and has been steering the Shree Shree Iswar Kaimari Sattra as a Satradhikar (chief priest) since 1982.

Adhikari also used to edit the children�s pages in a number of newspapers and periodicals such as Natun Dainik, Abhimat besides editing the bi-monthly children�s magazine Jonak .

He also wrote over a dozen short stories.

He leaves behind his wife, a daughter and a son besides a host of relatives.

Various organisations including the AASU, AGSU were loudded his death, terming it as an irreparable loss to Assamese literature.

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Gagan Chandra Adhikari passes away

GUWAHATI, Sept 30 - Eminent children�s litterateur Gagan Chandra Adhikari passed away at a private hospital this evening. He was 79 and had been ailing for some time. Adhikari who devoted himself wholeheartedly to children�s literature for over six decades carved a niche for himself in his chosen field. His creations shine with a deep understanding of the psyche of a child and are often laced with beautiful humour. His innumerable poems and a sizeable number of works of prose bear testimony to his genius and untiring efforts in putting Assamese children�s literature on a firm pedestal.

Adhikari is the only Assamese writer to be awarded by the Sahitya Akademi for contributing exclusively to children�s literature. Born to Purna Chandra Adhikari and Umadinee Devi Adhikari in 1941, Adhikari grew up in a religious ambience at Kaimari Sattra in Chaygaon of Kamrup district. He did his matriculation from Chaygaon High School in 1957, I.Sc. from Cotton College in 1959, graduation with honours in Economics from B. Borooah College in 1963 and masters in Political Science from Gauhati University in 1967. From 1961 to 1967 he served in the Life Insurance Corporation of India at the divisional office in Guwahati and joined government service in 1967. He retired as Joint Director of Employment in 1999.

Adhikari has published 13 books which include six anthologies of poems � Tokat Ekota Hatee (1981), Rodali Ae Rod Aekon De (1988), Kok-Kokre-Kok Ke-Ke-Hua (1990), Aakharar Geet (1995), Tinikhan Theng Hall Burhi Aitar (1995), Torch Mora Mah (2001); fiction and folk tales � Manoram Khabarar Pera (1995), Makhan Mamar Sadhu (2002), Asomiya Bhikhari (2001); compilation and editing � Biren Borkataki Byaktitya Aru Pratibha (1986), Omala Gharar Puthi (1990) and Navakanta Baruah Sishu Sahitya Samagra Pari I (2003).

A recipient of the Premadhar Dutta Memorial Award by Asam Sahitya Sabha in 1982 for the best children�s literature in Assamese language, Adhikari�s other awards include NBT�s Award in 1992 for the best illustrated children�s literature in Assamese for the book Rodali Ae Rod Aekon De, Gajendranath Saharia Memorial Award in 2001 for overall literary achievement, literary pension by the State Government from 2002, and Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademi in 2010.

A life member of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Asam Sattra Mahasabha and Shreemanta Sankardev Kristi Bikash Kendra (Guwahati), Adhikari served the Asam Sahitya Sabha as assistant general secretary from 1984 to 1986. He is the founder president of Guwahati Night Junior College, former president of Guwahati Sattra Mahasabha and has been steering the Shree Shree Iswar Kaimari Sattra as a Satradhikar (chief priest) since 1982.

Adhikari also used to edit the children�s pages in a number of newspapers and periodicals such as Natun Dainik, Abhimat besides editing the bi-monthly children�s magazine Jonak .

He also wrote over a dozen short stories.

He leaves behind his wife, a daughter and a son besides a host of relatives.

Various organisations including the AASU, AGSU were loudded his death, terming it as an irreparable loss to Assamese literature.

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