JORHAT, June 9 - Veteran musician, a violinist, tablist and music composer Indreshwar Sarmah breathed his last at his Nehru Park residence due to old-age ailments here this afternoon. He was 90.
Sarmah, who leaves behind his wife, two daughters, a son and a host of relatives, was a State Government Silpi Bota awardee. He gave music in eminent filmmaker Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia�s movies � Sandhyarag and Itihaas.
Sarmah prepared the notation of the anthem ... Sira senehi mur bhasa jononi of Asam Sahitya Sabha, which is sung in every session of the premier literary organization of the State.
Sarmah was the first person from Assam to be awarded Badya Visarad from Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapith, Lucknow.
Sarmah, who was a celebrated radio artiste, was the Principal for over four decades of Jorhat Sangeet Vidyalay � a noted and one of the oldest institutes of Indian classical music teaching in the State.
Sarmah, who was bestowed with the title of �Sangeet Pran�, by Jorhat Pensioners� Association, also worked as a music teacher of Government Post-Graduate Training College, Jorhat, and several other music-teaching institutes within and outside the district.
Several organizations and people have condoled Sarma�s demise which included State Assembly Speaker, Hitendra Nath Goswami, who visited Sarmah�s residence and expressed his condolences to the bereaved family members.
Meanwhile, the Assam Government has directed the Jorhat district administration to make necessary arrangements to perform the last rites of the musician with full State honours later this evening at Tarajan Cremation Ground here, a district administration official informed.