JORHAT, Jan 6 - Noted cinema director, actor and eminent academician and writer Prafulla Baruah breathed his last today at his Tarajan residence in Jorhat due to old-age ailments.
He was 86.
A former principal of Sivasagar College, Baruah had directed Assamese popular films, like Rashmirekha and Rajanigandha. He started his acting career in Friends Theatre of Jorhat.
His charismatic acting in popular films like Anutap (directed by Atul Bordoloi) and Brishti (directed by Jeuti Baruah) mesmerised his audience. His books on Indian history, history of Europe and the world history were prescribed in the syllabus of Dibrugarh University.
Several organisations of Jorhat, including the central office of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Tarajan Sanmilan, Bokul Bon Nyas, etc., expressed sorrow in his demise.
�We have lost a great figure. His immense contributions to the realm of Assamese cinema and drama will inspire us. His death has been condoled across Jorhat,� said Samiran Bordoloi, assistant secretary of the central office of Asom Sahitya Sabha.