TEZPUR, Aug 2 - Noted theatre artiste and comedian Udai Sankar Saikia breathed his last at 3 pm today at his Tezpur Ushanagar residence. He was suffering from prolonged illness and was 74.
Born on January 1, 1946, a Natasurya Phani Sharma Award-winning artiste, late Udai Sankar Saikia, besides stage performance, acted in different Assamese films and TV serials.
His formative years were spent in the midst of cultural icons like Kalaguru Bishnu Prashad Rabha, Natasurya Phani Sharma and Mancha Konwar Chandradhar Goswami. He started his journey of acting at the age of nine years by enacting the role of Ekalobya.
He acted in Assamese films like Abhijan, Kash-ghar, Duronir Rang, Upapath, Sun Moina, Bahagor Duporia, Sarabjan, Uttarkal, Jalanjali, Bhai-Bhai, Jugantarorar Tezal Puwa, Atikram, Daag, Gun-Gun Ganey-Ganey and Sneha Bandhan.
He leaves behind his son and daughter-in-law along with a grandson.
Besides the first Assamese serial Jibanar Batot, he also acted in many popular TV serials, including Malak Guin-Guin, Dewta, Dalangar Situ Paar Nai, Kalkhyan, Abarudh, Sakrabehu, Adalat, Adharuwa Sobi, Sahadharmini, Dwye-Dwye Tini etc., winning the hearts of the audience.
Different organisations, including Baan Theatre, Tezpur Sahitya Sabha, Sonitpur Press Club, Sonitpur Journalists� Union and many other socio-cultural organisations paid their last tributes to the renowned artiste.