Who’s Who

Aajan Fakir : Creator and promoter of Assamese Zikir (song of praise). Supposedly, he came to Assam from Ajmir in the seventh-eighth century. He promoted Islam reli-gion with the help of the disciples in Saraguri Chapari of Sivasagar. He is creator of about 160 Zikir. His real name was Shah Milan. He was named Aajan Fakir because of his taught of giving Aajan (call to the Mohammedans for prayer) and reading Namaz.

• Aideo Handique : First Assamese film actress. She was born in 1920 at Panidihingia village of Golaghat. She was the heroine of the first Assamese film Joymoti, made in 1935 by Jyotiprasad Agarwala. She was restricted from marriage whole her life for the ‘crime’ of acting in film. She passed away on 17th December, 2002.

•AjitBarua: Noted poet. Born at Guwahati on 19th August, 1926. Published works : Brahma-putra Ityadi Podya, Sahityar Bishoye etc. Translated works : ‘The Plague’ (La Peste) and ‘The Just’ (Les Justes) by Albert Camus (French). Received Sahitya Akademi Award for Brahmaputra Ityadi Podya in 1991. Received Assam Valley Literary Award in 1999 andGanesh Chandra Gogoi Award in 2010. Zengrai 163 is one of his best poetry. Died on 3 April, 2015.

• Ambikagiri Raichoudhury : Noted poet, literary person. Born in 1885 on 18′” of December at Barpeta. In 1904, formed the ‘Anarchist’ party. In 1907, he staged a self-written play, Bandini Bharat. His 3-volumes of poetry published are Tumi (Thou), Bina, Shatadhar. Plays : Jayadrath Badh, Bhakta Gourav, Kalyanmoyee etc. He is the composer of the famous poem Bando Ki Chandere. In 1927 he established Guwahati Music College. Founder of Assam Sanrakshini Sabha. In 1935, he founded and edited the weekly Deka Asam (Young Assam). His other works: Deka Dekerir Bed, Aahuti (Offering), Anubhuti (Feelings) etc. He was famous as Asom Kesari. In 1950 he was the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha. Was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his anthology Bedonar Ulka in 1966. Died on 2nd of January, 1967.

• Amrit Bhushan Dev Adhikari : Noted litterateur. Born at Dalgoma Satra, Goalpara in 1869. Regular contributor to Abahan and Banhi. Contributed significantly towards the conservation of indigenous culture, language and heritage of Goalpara. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1923. Published work : SriMannamghosa (simple analysis of Namghosa). His another notable work Bhakti Ratnawali is yet to be published. Died in 1944. • Amulya Barua : Noted progressive poet. of the Jayanti era. He was born at Jorhat in the year 1922. His published work : Achina. He was killed in communal riots in Kolkata on the 16′” of August in 1946. He is the poet of such famous poems as Koyla, Kukur, Beishya, Aandharar Hahakar etc.

• AnandaChandraAgarwalla: Noted poet-literary personality. Born in 1874 at Tezpur, on the 5111 of September. He was a teacher at Sivasagar Bezbaruah School. In 1894, he joined the police and retired in 1930. He wrote the ‘police Mannual’ in 1906.

One of the founders of Tezpur Mahila Silpa Mandir. He received the title of ‘Rai Sahab’ in 1916 and the of Rai Bahadur’ in 1921. He was the, president of Tezpur Municipality. His published book of poems in Jilikoni. Historical books : Goalparar Purani Bibaran, An Account of Assam. Text books : Komal Path, Adi Path. He was also called Bhangoni Knowar because of his ability to translate English poems beautifully into Assamese. Died on 16 December, 1939.

• Ananda Chandra Baruah : Famously known as Bakul Banar Kavi. Born on 31st December at Khoomtai Tea Garden in Moran in 1907. He was Assistant Inspector in the Jorhat Inspector of School’s office. He was the assistant editor of Bator” in 1934. Founder-editor of Bani Sanme/an. Established Chintamani Chakra in 1962 at Jorhat and was its president. He was also the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1969. Was awarded the Padmashree in 1973. Was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book of poems Bakul Banar Kavita. Published books of poems : Parag, Hafizar Sur, Sei Neemati Puwaray Pora, Bakul Banar Kavita etc. Dramas : Vijaya, Kamata Kunwari, Nala-Damyanti etc. Translated works : Soviet Kavita, Kumar Sambhav and a translation of Light of Asia, — Asiar Jyoti. Died on 27th January in 1983.

• Anandaram Dhekial Phukan : Born at Guwahati in 1819 on the 24th of August. He was for sometime Assistant Commissioner in Nagaon. In 1855, he took on the pen-name of ‘A Native’ and wrote a book titled ‘A Few Remarks on Assamese Language’. Published book :   Asomiya Lorar Mitra (The Assamese Boy’s Companion) etc. Many essays written by him ware published in Orunodoi. He was a progressive thinker of modern times. Died on 16th of June in 1859.

• Ananta Kandali : A well-known poet who was Srimanta Sankardeva’s contemporary. He was born at Hajo in 1520 AD. Original name was Haricharan. His argumentative abilities won him the title ‘Ananta Kandali’. Later on, honoured with titles of ‘Shri Chandra Brarati’ and ‘Bhagavat Bhattacharya’. His fame to literary output lies in his poetical works : Kumarharan, Britasur Badh, Mahiravan Badh. Drama : Sitar Pataal Pravesh etc. He translated the middle portion and the tenth chapter of the Shrimad Bhagavat under the guidance of Srimanta Sankardeva.

• Anundoram Barooah : Assam’s first graduate, barrister & ICS. Born on 13th May, 1850, at Guwahati. Published works A Practical English-Sanskrit Dictionary, Bhababhutis, Mahabir Charitam, Bhababhuti and His Place in Sanskrit, Higher Sanskrit Grammar etc. Nanartha Sangrah — a large Sanskrit grammar book went into three volumes. Edited books : Saraswati Kanthabharana, Dhatu-Vrittisara, Namalinga-nusasana. Noted Sanskrit scholar. Died (m 19th January in 1889.

 • Arimatta : King of ancient Kamrup. He is believed to have horn out of the river Brahmaputra. According to folklore, the head uf king Arimatta was shaped like Ari fish.„Some other folk tales rmy that the descendents of Arimatta did not consume Ari fish. Arimatta vanquished the Kacharies & Jayantias and thus oxtonded the boundaries of his kingdom. He was killed at the hands of a king called ‘Phengua’.

• Arun Sarma : Noted dramatist, novelist and journalist. Born on 3Id November, 1931 in Dibrugarh. Some of his famous plays Kukurnesia Manuh, Nibaran Bhattacharyya, Parashuram alc Published novels are : Ubhola Sipa, Jojati Aru Ranjona, Atiliwirbadar Rong etc. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in I MM. for his novel Ashwirbadar Rong. Other honours-awards are : Best Dramatist Award of Assam Natya Sanmilan (2001), Sangeet-Natak Academy Award (2003), Assam Valley Literary Award (2005), Padmashree (2010) etc. He was elected as the president for Assam Natya Sanmilan in 2002 and 2004. Only person of Assam who won Sangeet-Natak Academy Award and Sahitya Akademi Award. Died on 27 March, 2017.

• Atulananda Goswami : Noted literature, short story writer. Born in 1935. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for the short story collection Senehjorir Ganthi. Also awarded the Assam valley Literary Award in 2013. Humdoi Poolor Jon is one of his best story. His short story Bolia Hatee received the National Katha Award in 1992. Published book : Humdoi Poolor Jon, Golpo, Rajpat, Polatak, Namgharia, Senehjorir Ganthi, Kokaideu, Negro Couple in Search of Shiva etc.

 • Atul Chandra Barua : Noted literature-critic. Born on 29 May, 1916 in Maroi village in Darrang district. Was president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1979. Noted works : Samalochana Sahitya, Bhumi Aru Jiwan, Sahityar Ruprekha etc. Died oh 25 December, 2001.

• Atul Chandra Hazarika : Born at Guwahati in 1903. Excelled as poet, dramatist, litterateur. Anthology of Poems : Manimala, Panchajanya, Mukutamala, Manikut, Tapoban, Man Madhuri etc. Drama : Narakasur, Beula, Kanouj Kunwari, Sakuntala, Chatrapati Sivaji, Ashrutirtha, Marziana etc. Children literature : Aesopor Sadhu, Lorar Jatak, Katha Dasam, Apeswarir Desh, Katha Kritan, Ramayanar Rahghora, Andesonor Sadhu etc. Worked as the editor of Milan, Assamese magazine in 1928. Editor of children magazine, Dipak for a short span of time. President of 1959 convention of Asom Sahitya Sabha.

• Bhaben Barua : Noted poet and critic. Born on 27th November, 1941. Published books : Sonali Jahaj (Golden Ship), Prakhongho : Kobita, Pondhorote Kabita, Asomiya Kobita : Rupantoror Parba etc. Awarded the Publication Board Award in 1978 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 19.79 for his anthology Sonali Jahaj. Also conferred the epithet Sahityacharya of Assam Sahitya Sabha.

• Bhabendra Nath Saikia : Noted short story writer and famous film director. Born on 20 February 1939. His movies like Sandhyarag, Anirbaan, Agnisnaan, Kolahal, Sarathi, Abarton, Itishas, etc. have gained recognition at the national level and won awards. Published books :* Shrinkhal, Sendur, Gahbor, Antarip etc. Won. the Sahitya Akademi Award for Shrinkhal in 1976. Also awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award and Srimanta Sankardev Award in 1990 and 1998 respectively. Died on 13 August 2003.

• Bhagadutta : King of ancient Kamrup. Son of Narakasur. It is known that he fought on the side of Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra. Died at the hands of Arjuna.

• Bhaskar Varman : Best king of the Varman dynasty. King of ancient Kamrup. Ruled approximately from 594-650 AD. Established the Bhaskarabda. Huen Tsang visited Assam during his reign. He is known as Kumar Bhaskar Varman because he remained a life-long bachelor.

• Bhattadeva : Father of Assamese prose. Works written by him Kotha-Gita, Kotha-Bhagavat, Kotha-Ratna yak Guru Bangshayali, Bhaktisar etc. Famous litterateur of 1558-1638.

 • Bhishmak: King of ancient Kundil. Father of Rukmini. Father-in-low of Lord Krishna.

• Bhogeswari Phukanani : Active worker of Quit India Movement. Born in 1885 at Bherbheri in Nagaon. Died at the hands of a police officer while she was trying to hoist the Indian Flag during the Quit India Movement, on 20 September 1942.

• Bhupen Hazarika : World famous artist, 0111musician. First Assamese to get the ‘Dada — . ,, v. Saheb Phalke Award’ (1992). Born on 8 . , September 1926. Sang the first song over Kolkata AIR in 1939. Awarded the Padmashree and the Srimanta Sankardeva Award (1987). Also honoured with Padmabhushan in 2001. He was also the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1993. Composed and gave music to innumerable songs. Produced and directed a number of films. Was the editor of Aamar Pratinidhi, Pratidwani etc for sometime. Died on 5 November 2011. Honoured with Padma Bibhusan in 2012 posthumously.

• Bimala Prasad Chaliha : Assam’s former Chief Minister. Born in 1910. In 1942 he participated in Quit India Movement and was imprisoned for two years. In 1953, he was elected as a member to Lok Sabha. Was Assam’s Chief Minister from 28 December 1957 to 6 November 1970. Books written by him : Gaonolia Arthnitir Darshan Aru Khadi, Mou Paton. Died on 25 February 1971.

• Biren Barkataki : Noted poet, litterateur, educationest. Born on 23 March in 1924. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1986. Published Works : Khojote Milaw Khoj, Shristi, Kumari Prithiwi (Trans.) etc. Died on 4th November 2002.

• Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya : First Assamese Jnanpith Award winner, for his novel Mrityunjoy (Deathless). Born on 14 October in 1924. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1983. Was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Yaruingam in 1961. Published books : Mrityunjoy, Yaruingam, Rajpathe Ringiyaye (The call of highway). Died in 1997 on the 6th of August.

• Birendra Nath Dutta : Folklorist and Singer. Born in 1935. His published works are : Goa/poriya Lokogeet Sangrah, Asomiya Songeetor Oitijya, Bharotiya Silpat Murti (translated), Omator Maat, A Bibliogra-phy of Folklore,Material of Assam and Adjoinong Areas etc. A popular singer. He is nominated as the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha for the term 2003 and 2004. Honoured with Padmasree in 2009.

• Bireshwar Barua : Noted poet, storywriter and critic. Born on 1st September, 1933 in Sundaridiya, Barpeta. He debuted as a poet during the Ramdhenu era and later established as storywriter and critic. Published books : Nirjan Nabik, Osin Aarao, Onek Manuh, Onek Thai Aru Nirjanata, Dauki Sorai, Samuk Aru Nakshatra, Ekanta Nirjan (autobiography) etc. Won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2003 for his anthology Onek Manuh, Onek Thai Aru Nirjanata. Died on 14th March 2010.

• Birinchi Kumar Barua : Noted litterateur. Born in 1908. His contributions to all branches of literature, except poetry, is commendable. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book Asomar Loka Sanskriti in 1964. Editor of Akan and Surabhi. Published books: Asomiya Katha Sahitya, Asamar Lok-Sanskriti, Jiwanar Batot, Seuji Pa tar Kahini, History of Assamese Literature etc. Died on 30 March in 1964.

 • Bishnu Prasad Rabha : A well-known Assamese poet, litterateur, dramatist, musician, dancer and actor. Popularly known as Kalaguru, Rabha composed many songs, plays and articles. He was also a member of the Congress Party. Sonpahi, Mising Coneng, Asomiya Kristir Samu Abhash, Atit Asom are some of his published works. This many- sided personality, who was born in Dhaka on 31 January in 1909, died on 20th June 1969.

 • Bishnuram Medhi : First Assamese Governor. Born on 24 April in 1888. BecaMe Assam’s Chief Minister in 1950. He was the Governor of Madras (now Tamil Nadu) in 1957. Died on 21 January in 1980.

• Brajanath Sarma : Noted dramatist, actor. Born in 1894. In 1931, he opened a theatre party named Union Kohinoor Opera Party and in 1933, this theatre party introduced the tradition of co-acting in Assam. Plays written : Manomati, Borjita, Patita, Karuna, Urvashi etc. Died in 1930. handra Kumar Agarwalla : Noted romantic poet. Born on the 28th of October, 1867. One of the founders of Jonaki, the Assamese magazine, and the editor of its first two issues. Publisher of the magazine Asomiya in 1928. Published books on poetry : Pratima, Beenboragi, Chandamrit. Died on 2nd August 1938.

• ChandraprabhaSaikiani: Freedom fighter, social activist also the founder of Asom Mahila Samiti. Born in 1901. Her whole life was devoted towards the eradication of evils from society. She was the secretary of Asom Mahila Samiti for seven years from 1926. Novel written by her Pitri Vitha. Died on 16th March, 1972.

• Chandraprasad Saikia : Famous Assamese writer and journalist. Born on 8 July in 1928 at Amguri. Founder editor of Goriashi, a literary magazine. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995 for his novel Maharathi. ‘Books published: Maharathi, Nirvachita Sampadakiya, Meghamallar, Jan-mantar, Dristikon etc. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1999. Awarded the Publication Board Award in 2000 for his novel Tore More Alokore Yatra. Receipient of Assam Valley Literary Award for 2002. Died on 8 August, 2006. Honoured with Padmabhushan in 2007 posthumously.

sided personality, who was born in Dhaka on 31 January in 1909, died on 20th June 1969.

• Bishnuram Medhi : First Assamese Governor. Born on 24 April in 1888. BecaMe Assam’s Chief Minister in 1950. He was the Governor of Madras (now Tamil Nadu) in 1957. Died on 21 January in 1980.

• Brajanath Sarma : Noted dramatist, actor. Born in 1894. In 1931, he opened a theatre party named Union Kohinoor Opera Party and in 1933, this theatre party introduced the tradition of co-acting in Assam. Plays written : Manomati, Borjita, Patita, Karuna, Urvashi etc. Died in 1930. handra Kumar Agarwalla : Noted romantic poet. Born on the 28th of October, 1867. One of the founders of Jonaki, the Assamese magazine, and the editor of its first two issues. Publisher of the magazine Asomiya in 1928. Published books on poetry : Pratima, Beenboragi, Chandamrit. Died on 2nd August 1938.

• ChandraprabhaSaikiani: Freedom fighter, social activist also the founder of Asom Mahila Samiti. Born in 1901. Her whole life was devoted towards the eradication of evils from society. She was the secretary of Asom Mahila Samiti for seven years from 1926. Novel written by her Pitri Vitha. Died on 16th March, 1972.

• Chandraprasad Saikia : Famous Assamese writer and journalist. Born on 8 July in 1928 at Amguri. Founder editor of Goriashi, a literary magazine. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995 for his novel Maharathi. ‘Books published: Maharathi, Nirvachita Sampadakiya, Meghamallar, Jan-mantar, Dristikon etc. President of ASom Sahitya Sabha in 1999. Awarded the Publication Board Award in 2000 for his novel Tore More Alokore Yatra. Receipient of Assam Valley Literary Award for 2002. Died on 8 August, 2006. Honoured with Padmabhushan in 2007 posthumously.

• CharlesAlexanderBruce: Father of tea gardening in Assam. He was born in England in 1793. He came to Assam in 1823. He discovered the existence of tea from the Singphous and then gradually started the trend of tea cultivation in various places like Chabua, Jaipur, Tingrai and showed people that there was much profit in tea-cultivation. He died in 1871.

 • Chilarai: He was the brother of the Koch King Naranarayan and the Commander-in-Chief of the Koch kingdom. His original name was Sukladhwaj. He was an expert fighter and was gifted with the ability to swoop down on his enemies like a hawk (chila). That is why in Asom History, he is famous as Chilarai.

Daak : He is the composer of Dakor-Bachan (proverbs and  sayings). He is thought to be the contemporary of Baraha-Mihir in either the 4th or 6th c. AD. He is believed to have been born at a place ‘Lohi’ on ‘Lohitranga’, in Barpeta.

• Debendranath Acharya : Noted novelist. Born on 3 March in 1937 at Jorhat. Professor at Assam Engineering College, Guwahati in 1951. Got the Publication Board Award for his novel Kaalpurush in 1979. His other novels published : Anya Yug Anya Purush, Jangam. Died in 1981 on the 29th of September. Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Jangam in 1984 posthumousy.

 • Deepali Barthakur : Noted singer. Born on 31st January 1941. She is a very popular and remarkable singer. She took early retirement from music industry due to health issues. She received Padmashree in 1998.

• Dharmeswari Devi Baruani : Noted poetess. Born in 1892. Books published : Phular Sara i, Ashrudhara, Pranar Paras, Jivan Joni. In 1956, Asom Sahitya Sabha felicitated her with the title Ka vya Bharati. Died on 9 March 1960.

• Dhrubajyoti Bora : Noted and President of Asom Sahitya Sabha, storywriter. Born on 23rd November 1955 in Shillong. He is a doctor by profession and currently the principal of Jorhat Medical College. Published books are : Farashi Biplob (French Revolution), Dwitiya Mahasomor (Second World War), Moamaria Gono Abhuthyan, Loha (Iron), Bhok (Hunger), Katha Ratnakar etc. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009 for his novel Katha Ratnakar. He was elected as the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2015.

• Dimbeswar Neog : Noted poet and litterateur. Born on 7 August in 1899. Editor of mouth pieces Janambhumi and Milan of the Asom Chatra Sanmilan in 1922-24. He was the secretary of the Asom Sahitya Sabha from 1944-47, and the President of the same in 1965. His published books on poetry : Mallika, Safura, Thupitora, Malati, Mukuta, lndradhonu, Asoma etc. His books on literary history are : Adhunik Asomiya Sahityar Buranji, Asomiya Sahityar Buranjit Ebhumuki, Asomiya Sahityar Sankshipta Buranji, New Light on the History of Assamese Literature. Other books : Aakul Pathik, Bhogjara, Vaishnava Dharmar Atiguri, Jugnayak Sankardeva etc. He set the trend for studied in literary -history. He died on 11 November in 1966.

• Dinanath Sarma : Noted journalist. Born in 1896. Founder editor of Awahan magazine in 1929. Also the publisher-editor of children’s magazine Parijat. Died on 4 June 1978. dward Gait : Noted historian and research scholar. Born ,at England in 1833. Came to Assam as assistant commissioner of Nagaon in 1882. Appointed as secretary to chief commissioner, Assam in 1892. Founder Director of ‘Enthnography’, an organisation for detailed study and research of history of Assam. Was its founder director. Published. book : A History of Assam (1905). Died in 1950 on 15th March.

Fakaruddin All Ahmed : First Assamese to I became the President of India. Born on 13 May in 1905. Member of Assam ministry more than once. Member of central ministry in 1956: President of India in 1974. Died on 11 February in 1977.

Gadadhar Singha : A famous king of the • Ahoms. Ascended the throne in 1681 AD. His original name was Gadapani. Defeated the Mughals in the battle of ltakhuli. Died in 1695.

 • Ganesh Chandra Gogoi : Noted romantic poet and dramatist. Born on 12 December in 1907. Volumes of his poetry published : Papori, Swapnabhanga. Dramas : Sakunir Pratisodh, Kashmir Kumari etc. Died in 1938 ‘ on the 21th of August.

 • Giridhar Sarma : Noted litterateur, educationist. Born in 1912 on the 3rd of July. Established Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati in 1958. He was its Principal for 13 years from 1962 to 1975. He was the President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1973. Books published: Asomiya Bhashar Vyakaran, Asomiya Abhidhan, Sanskrit Vyakaran Chandrika, Sarmas Anglo-Assamese Dictionary. Translated works : Devi Chaudhurani. Died in 1978 on the 10th of May.

• Gopinath Bordoloi : First chief minister of independent Assam. Born in Raha, on 6 June, 1890. A selfless social worker, he was fondly called Lokopriya (Popular). In 1946-47 he became the Chief Minister of Assam. He was the force behind the High Court in Assam, Gauhati University, Medical College etc. Died on 5th August, 1950. Honoured with Bharat Ratna in 1999 posthumously.

• Gunabhiram Baruah : Noted writer. Born on 12 January in 18.34. He married for second time in 1870, after the death of his first wife — and it was the first registry marriage in Assam. Got the ‘Raibahadur’ title in 1887. Founder editor of Assam Bandhu, in 1885-86. Published works : Assam Buranji, Anandaram Dhekial Phukanor Jiban Charitra, Loraputhi, Asomiya Lorar Bhugol etc. Kabyakusum is his po-etry collection. Died on 25 March in 1894.

 • Gyanadabhiram Barua : Noted literary person. Born on 19 August in 1880. Became the Principal of Earle Law College in 1914. Elected President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1933. Transtated works : Dodair Ponia, Venichar Saud. Other published works : Folk Tales of Assam, Bilator Chithi, Mor Katha. Died on 2Th January in 1955.

 • Gyananath Bora : Noted literary personality. Born on 20 March in 1890. One of the founders and secretary of Guwahati Ekta Sabha. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1967. Essays and Books published : Asomot Bideshi, Yugtatva, Shrihatta Bicched, Asomiya Purani Sahitya, A Plea for Sanskrit as National Language, Adhunik Asomiya Sahitya, Natun Prithivi etc. Died in 1968 on 30th November. Harekrishna Deka : Noted poet, storywriter. Born on 25th  August, 1943. Received post graduate degree from Gauhati University 1965. He started his career as a teacher in Gauhati Commerce College for a period. Joined in Indian Police Service in 1968. After working in different police departments, he retired as the Director General of Police, Assam in 2003. He had remained the editor of the English Daily The Sentinel (2004) and Assamese monthly magazine Gariyoshi (2006-2008). Published book : Swarbor, Un Ejon, Bondiyar, Postmodern Othoba Golpo, Raatir Shobhayatra etc.. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book Un Ejon,in 1987. His short story Bondiyar received the National Katha Award in 1995. Also awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2010.

 • Haribilash Agarwala ” : Noted businessman and book publisher. Born in 1842. He was the first person to retrieve and print the Kirtan Ghosha from the original written on the bark of sanchi tree. Died on 18th November 1916.

 • Hem Baruah : Noted politician and literary personality. Born on 22nd April 1915. Member of Loksabha for a period of ten years continuously from 1957. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1972. Books published : Sagar Dekhisa, Ranga Karobir Phul, Aansoophul, Mekong Noi Dekhilu, August Revolution in Assam, Red River and the Blue Hill, Modern Assamese Poetry, Dak Pakhili etc. Died in 1977.

• Hem Chandra Barua : Compiler of the Hemkosh — the famous Assamese dictionary. Born in 1835. Editor of Assam News. Published books : Asomiya Byakaran, Asomiya Loral’ Adipath, Kaniyar Kirtan, Bahire Rangchang Bithare Kuwabhaturi, Assamese Marriage Sys-tem. Died in 1896. Hemkosh, which is recognised as the best dictionary of Assamese language, was published in 1900 after the death of Hemchandra Barua. Hemkosh has filled in the void of a modern scientific dictionary.

• HemchandraGoswami : Noted litterateur. Born on 8 January in 1872. Editor of Akon in 1916. Editor of Jonaki for sometime. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1920. Books published : A Descriptive Catalogue of Assamese Manuscripts, Purani, Asom Buranji etc. Died on 2 May in 1928.

• Herambokanta Borpujari : Historian. Born on 31st August, 1912 at Dibrugarh. He became the president of ‘Indian Congress of History’ in 1995-1996. In 1997, Asom Sahitya Sabha honoured him by awarding the title Itihas Acharya. His published books : The Comprehensive History of Assam, Assam in the Days of Company, Political History of Assam (edited), American Missio-naries aru Unobingsa Satikar Asom, Asomor Nabajagoron : Ona Asomiyar Bhumika, ltihas Rochona Bidhi aru Kormo-bikash, Uttar Purbanchalor Somosya aru Rajdhani etc. Died on 16th April, 2002, in Guwahati. • Hiren Bhattacharjee : Noted poet. Born on 28 July, 1932 Jorhat. His published poetry books : Saisar Pothar Manuh, Raudra Kamona, Sugandhi Pokhila, Tomar Banhi, Bhalpowar Boka-Maati etc. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 for his anthology Saisar Pothar Manuh and Bishnu Prasad Rabha Award of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1984 for Sugandhi Pokhila. Recipient of Assam Val-ley Literary Award in 2000. Died on 4 July, 2012.

• Hiren Gohain: Noted writer, critic, educationalist, intellectual, Born at Golaghat in 1939. Sahitya Akademi honoured (1989) him for his brilliant work Asomiya Jatiya Jivanat Mahapurusiya Parampara. Acquired PhD from Cambridge for his research on Milton. Published works : S8hityar Satya, Samaj Aru Samalochana, Biswayaton, Bandaror Kall, Manovotar Sandhanot etc. Receipient of Kamal Kumari National Award for 1999.

• Hirendranath Dutta : Noted poet, critic. Born in 1937 at Titabar. He debuted in the 60’s of the 20th century through Sadiniya Navayug and continuously practicing poetry since then. Later he was also recognised as a critic. Published books : Somdhirir Sowarani Aru Anyanya Kabita, Kitapar Bhabitshyat (Future of Book) and Manuh Anukule. Awarded the Sahitya Akadem Award in 2004 for his anthology Manuh Anukule. Also awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2014. Died on 20 February. 2016

• Hitesh Deka : Noted movelist. Born on 18 February in 1924. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1995. Books published Asir Manuh. Eyeto Jivan, Bhara-Ghar, Mari-Kar Natun Path, Niryatita Sati etc Died on 30 August in 2000.

 • Homen Borgohain : Noted journalist and literary personality Born on 7 December in 1932. Editor of Saptahik Nilachat in 1958. Editor of Nagarik in 1977 and founder Chief Editor of an Assamese Daily Apr Dainik Batori (2004-05) Reporter of Aajkaat for sometime_ Editorial Adviser at Niamrya Berta at present Books published Subala. Pita-Putra. Saudar Pulteke Nao Meli Jai, Halodhia Charaiye.) Beodhaan Khai, Tantrik, Mor Sengbadik Jiwan, Atmanusandhan etc. Received the Sahitya Akadami Award (1978) for his novel Pita-Putra Also won the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1991 President of Asom Sehstya Sabha in 2001.

Imran Shah : Noted storywriter, novelist andoducationalist Born on 23rd November 1933 at Sivasagar He started his career as a teacher and retired in 2003 He has written more than hundred stones, 13 novels. 16 plays, many songs, poems and essays Published books Band, &Nowt* Kand e. Priya Mukhchanda, Jabanbandi (Deposition) Baryyotshrta etc. He received literary pension from Assam government in 1997 and Aajan Pir Pnze for the year 2008. Receipient of Assam Valley Literary Award in 2009. Elected as the President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2012. aduram Deka Barua : The first person to bring out an illAssamese dictionary, the first of its kind. Born in 1810. Wrote the first Assamese-English dictionary in 1839. Unfortunately it was not published. Was a regular writer in Samachar Patrika, Samachar Darpan. Died in 1869.

• Jagannath Barua : First graduate of Upper Assam and tea planter of repute. Born in 1851. Passed BA in 1872. Famously known as BA Jagannath, A ‘Fellow’ of Calcutta University and Examiner. One of the leaders of Assam Association. Title of ‘Rai Bahadur’ in 1898-99. Died on 21st April 1907.

• Jajneswar Sarma : Noted poet, critic. Born in 1908. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1976. Published books : Sahitya Aru Sanskritir Praba h, Lefafa. Book on poetry : Satapatra. In 1989, Asom Sahitya Sabha felicitated him with the title Sahityacharya. Died in 1998 on 13th November.

• Jatindranath Duarah : Famous poet, literary personality. Born on 4 March in 1892. First Assamese to get the Sahitya Akademi Award. He got the Award for his anthology Bonphool in 1955. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1955. Books published : Omar Tirtha, Katha Kabita, Aapon Sur, Bonphool, Milan Sur etc. Famous as Banphoolor Kavi. Died on 5th July, 1964.

• Jatindranath Goswami : Noted critic, biographer and litterateur. Born on 12 November in 1918. He was conferred the epithet Sahityacharya in 1997. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1980. Noted works : Asomiya Bhasha Sahityar Itihas, Hemchandra Baruah etc. Died on 6 November, 2005.

• Jogesh Das : Noted journalist and litterateur. Born in 1927. Assistant editor of Natun Asomiya and Dainik Asam. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1984. His published books : Prithivir Asukh, Folklore of Assam, Dawor Aru Nai etc. He got the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book Prithivar Akukh in 1980. Receipient of Assam Valley Literary Award in 1994. Died on 9 September, 1999.

• John Berry White: The first person to initiate medical studies in Assam. He was a doctor in the East India Company. He established the ‘Assam Mineral Oil Company’. It was with the money donated by Berry White that ‘Berry White Medical School’ was established in 1898-99, the present day, Assam Medical College.

• Joymati Kuwori: The wife of Gadadhar Singha. Her husband, Gadadhar Singha, had fled from the Ahom kingdom, due to the atrocities committed by Lora Raja. In order to elicit information about the whereabouts of her husband Joymati Kuwori was tortured beyond human limits and she died at Jerenga Pathar as a result.

• Jugal Das : Famous artist and writer. Born in 1910. At the age of 16, he made the welcome-gate of Pandu congress in one day. Books published : Mirabai, BayonarKhol, Mohendranath Dekaphukan etc. Died in 1989.

• JyotiPrasad Agarwalla : Famous lyricist, dramatist and the father of the Assamese cinema. Born on 17th June, 1903. First president of the Assam branch of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). Gave music to and composed innumberable songs. Rupkonwar was added to his name as an honour. In 1935, he made the first Assamese movie Joymati and later on Indramalati. Dramas published : Sonit Kuwari (The Princes of Sonitpur), Karengar Ligiri (The Maid of the Court), Labhita, Rupalim, Neemati Koina. Poetry : Luitar Paror Agnisur. Other literary works, Jyotidhara, Geeti-Ramayan, Chandra-kumar Agarwalla etc. Died on 17th January, 1951.

Kaliram Medhi : Noted literary personality. Born in 1878. President of Assam Sahitya Sabha in 1919. Title of ‘Rai Bahadur’ given in 1946. Books published : Asomiya Vyakaran Aru Bhashatatva, Mahapurush Sankardevar Bani, Studies in the Vaishnava Literature and Culture of Assam. Edited works: Anka wall. Died on 24 January, 1954.

• Kamalakanta Bhattacharya : Noted poet. Born in 1853. Assistant editor of the news paper Asom Hitoishi for sometime. President of the Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1929. Writer of the famous essays Astavakrar Atmajivoni (Autobiography of Astavakra) and Gutidiyek Chinni& Dhau (A Few waves of the Thoughts). Books on poetry published : Chintanal (Burning Thoughts), Chintataranga (Waves of Thought). Books published : K Pantha. Died on 14th December, 1936. He was known as Agni Kavi.

 • Kamalaloya Kakati : Born in 1894. Published and edited the first Assamese women’s magazine Ghar-jeuti • in 1928. Died on 24th June, 1946.

• Kanaklal Barua : Noted literary person, historian. Born on 16th December, 1872. Was elected a minister in the Vyabasthapak Sabha. Was conferred the title of Rai Bahadur. Was for sometime editor of the magazine Jonaki. He was also the editor and publisher of Journal of the Assam Research Society. He was a member of Royal Society of Bengal, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Royal Economic Society of London. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1924. Books published : Early History of Kamrup. Died on 18 January, 1940.

• Kanaklata Barua : Born at Gohpur in 1928. She was an active member of Mrityu Bahani constituted in Assam during the 1942 revolt. She died a martyr, while she was trying to hoist the national flag at Gohpur police station on the 20’h of September, 1942.

• Kanaksen Deka : Well-known journalist and writer. Born on 16th July, 1933 in Belshor, Nalbari. Proprietor and editor of the Agradoot. On February 1, 1971 Agradoot appeared as a fortnightly from Mangoldoi. Then in 1973, it was published from Guwahati as a bi-weekly. He was also the founder editor of an English paper Action (1990). He is the editor of the Assamese daily Dainik Agradoot from 1995. Besides being a novelist, he is also the author of a number of books having social themes. Some of them are : Natun Puruse JuktirAdharot Natun Samaj Garhok, Amar Yuba Samaj Bishwa Buoy Karibo/oi Olai Aahok, Ulfar Swadhin Asom, Duso Bosoria Hinamonyatar Obosaan Houk, Asomor Goshtidwandwo Aru Sarnajik Bibartanor Dhara etc. He was the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha from 2005 to 2008. Recipieht of Srimanta Sankardev Award (2014).

• Karunabhiram Baruah : Born in 1874. Founder editor of the first children’s magazine of Assam Lora Bondhu in 1888. He Died while still a student in 1893.

• Keshab Mahanta : Noted poet and lyricist. Born at Chatia ‘on 20 January, 1926. Recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award (1993) for Mor.Je Kiman Hepah, an anthology of poems. Other published works : Rod Jiki Miki, Agantuk; Dis-Dhawali Boron, Maa Ami Sadiyaloi Manab Jatir Satru (Trans.), Rakta Karabi, Heu-en-Changor Bharat Yatra (Trans,) etc. Died on 31 March, 2006.

• Kirtichandra Barbarua : Born in 1709. Swargadeo Shiva Singha gave the title ‘Barbarua’, which made him powerful. Chakari Pheti Buranji was the name of a history book which had many negative things to say about him. The ‘Barbarua’ ordered that particular Buranji and many others of its ilk should be burnt. He was killed at the hands of Ragha Maran in 1769.

• Kirtinath Hazarika : Noted journalist, litterateur. Born at Golaghat in 22August, 1925. Hazarika was awarded Srimanta Sankardeva Award in 1986. Served as the editor of Assamese daily Dainik Asom for a long period since 1965. Recipient of Kamal Narayan Choudhury Award (1980) and Durgaratan AWard (1987, national). Published works :Ramdhenu, Ahejar Enishar Sadhu (Trans.) Matilal Ghosh, Gautam Buddha, Daponar Deshot Alice (Trans.), Naradar Diara , Charita Dasakar Jolongaidi (1995) etc. Died on 3id May, 2002.

• Krishnakanta Handique : Noted Sanskrit scholar and linguist. Born on 20thJuly 1898. The first honorary principal of Jagannath Barua College of Jorhat in 1930. First Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1937. Awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in. 1955 and ‘Padma. Bhushan’ in 1967. Proficient in languages like Greek, Latin, Italian, Russian etc. Books published : Translation of Shriharsha’s Naishadh Charitra into English, Setu Bandhan, Yashastilak & Indian culture. Died on 7th June 1982. Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for Krishnakanta Handiquer Rachana Sambhar (Ed. Jatindranath Goswami) in 1985 posthumously.

• Kuladhar Chaliha : Born on 26 September 1886. He was the first president of the Pradeshik Congress Committee constituted in 1920. Later on, he was elected to the ‘Vyabasthapak Sabha’. In 1936, he was elected to the legislative assembly. Died on 19 January,   1963. • Kumar Kishor : Noted novelist. Born on 30 March 1929 at Nalbari. Real name Kishore Kumar Sarma. In all, he wrote 26 novels, many short stories, essays and a book called Mancha- Kala. Important novels published Kabar Aru Kankal, Himani Hillol, Sesh Simantar Surya, Satabdir Swapna, Era Sutir Smriti, Mouna Krandan. He was awarded by the central government for his two novel : Sonjulir Hanhi and Siljurir Sank°. Died on 24 May, 1985.

• Kushal Konwar : The martyr of ’42 Quit India Movement. He was born in 1905 at Sarupathar in Golaghat. He was the founder teacher of the Bengmai Prathamik School in 1925. On the 10th of October,’ 1942, he was imprisoned by the police on the charges of derailing a train which was carrying military personnel and was hanged on 15th of June 1943.

Lachit Barphukan : The chief commander of the Ahom forces in the famous battle of Saraighat. Born in 1622. Son of Momai Tarnuli Barbarua. It was under his command that the Ahom army pushed back the Mughals across the Manah river in the famous Battle of Saraighat in 1671. Died in 1672.

• Lakshminandan Bora : Noted literary personality. Born on 1st March, 1932. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Patal Bhairavi in 1988. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1996. Published books : Gona Chilonir Paakhi, Nisar Purabi, Osin Kanya,Mon Matt Megh, Patal Bhairavi, Jakeri Nahike Upam, Meghat Madal Baje, Kaykolpo etc. He received Assam Valley Literary Award in 2004 and Publication Board Award, 2012 as the recognition of his lifetime contribution to Assamese literature. Similarly he received the country’s one of the most prestigious literary award Saraswati Samman for the novel Kaykolpo in 2008. First Assamese to get the award. Currently (2015) he is the editor of the magazine Gariyoshi . Honoured with Pdmashree in 2015.

• Lakshminath Bezbaroa : The most well known litterateur of pre independence era. Known by the name of Sahityarathi. Born on 14 October, 1864 (Lakshmi Purnima). He contributed in no small measure to all generous of literature, be they the short story, novel, comical pieces; and this enriched the store of Assamese literature. One of the founders of ‘Asomiya Bhashar Unnati Sadhani Sabha’ aimed at the development of Assamese literature. Edited the magazine Jonaki (Moonlight) for some time. In 1909, brought out the magazine Banhi (Flute) and edited it. He is also the composer of 0 Mor Aponar Desh (0 My Own Land) which is justly regarded as the state anthem of Assam. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1924. His books that have been published : Chikarpati Nikarpati, Kadam Koli, Padum Kuwari, Sadhukathar Kuki, Burhi Aair Sadhu, Jonbiri, Litikai, Keholkali, Belimar, Joymati Kuwari, Kripabor Baruar Kakotor Topola, Shree Shree Sankardeva, Mor Jiwan Suworon, Tatva Katha, The Religion of Love & Devotion etc. Regarded as ‘Uncrowned King’ of Assamese literature. Died on 26 March, 1938.

• Lakshyadhar Choudhury : Noted dramatist, actor, politician. Born in 1915. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1992. Book published : Manuh Bisari (In Search of Human) and many wity essays to his credit. Died on 18th August, 2000.

 • Lambodar Bora : Famous literary personality of the ‘Jonaki Age’. Born in 1860. Worked towards the development of Jukhatakhar(clusters) in Assamese language. Died on untimely death in 1892.

 • Lila Gogoi : Noted literary personality. Born on 25 November, 1930. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1994. Books published : Asomor Sanskriti, Kopling Chiga Rail, Tai Sanskritir Ruprekha, Brikodor Baruar Biya. Died in 1994, on 23rd July. Madhabdev : Most favourite disciple and main companion of Mahapurush Sankardev. Born in 1489 at Latekupukhuri in Lakhimpur. A genius. Led the Vaish nava sect after the demise of Sankardeva from 1568-1596. Nama-Ghosa is his best work. His creations can be divided into four categories: (1) Epic based : Adikanda Ramayana, Rajaswya Kabya (2) Philosophical: Nama-Ghosa, Janmar Rahasya, Nama-Malika, Bhakti Ratnawali. (3) Drama : Arjun Bhanjan, Chordhara, Pimpara Guchowa, Bhumi Letowa, Bhojan Bihar. (4) Song : Borgeet, Bhotima. Except Arjun Bhanjan, his other dramas are called Jhumuras, —song and dance drama based on the childhood of Lord Krishna and filled with female character. Madhavdeva died at Bhela Satra Coochbehar in the year 1596. .

• Mafijuddin Ahmed Hazarika : Popularly known as Gyanmalinir Kabi (Poet of Gyanmalini, his famous anthology of poems). Born in 1870. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1930. Died in 1958.

 • Mahendra Barthakur : Noted dramatist, litterature. Born on 1st March, 1935. His popular plays : Janma, Ahatgurir Natun Baat, Pitamahar Sarosajya, Sipa, Mukhyamantri (Chief Minister), Majnisaar Siyor etc. Novels : Udasi Saindhya, Begum Para, Beliful (Sunflower), Najma Adi Bahuto etc. Story collection Mahkhuti Chaidingot Rati Puaboloi, Khel. Screenplays for Film-TV Serial : Sontora, Ajoli Nobou, Kokadeuta Nati Aru Hati, Tezal Ghoran, Juwai etc. He was the creator of a special setire Nukowai Bhal aired by All India Radio (Akashbani). He was elected as the president of Asom Natya Sanmilan in 2000. Died on 9 December, 2005.

 • Mahendra Bora : Noted poet, literary personality and critic. Born on 22 August in 1929 at Tingkhong. Awarded the Mahakabi Assan Prize in 1983. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1987. Srimanta Sankardeva Award in 1994. Books published : Jatismar, Rupar Tilingar Mat, Ei Nadiyedi, Nila Dhaturar Phul, Asomiya Kabitar Chanda, Gita (Translated), Upola Nodir Dore (Autobiography). Died on 9 April, 1996 at Dibrugarh. • Mahendra Mohan Chaudhary : Former chief minister of Assam. Born on 12 April, 1908. Went to jail for a number of times during the freedom movement. Assam’s chief minister from 1970-72. Governor of Punjab for sometime. Died on 26th December, 1982.

• Maheswar Neog : Famous literary personality and linguist. Opened a new chapter in research by opting for scientific methods. Born on 7 September, 1915. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1974. Published books : Shree Shree Sankardeva, Asomiya Sahityar Ruprekha, Adhunik Asomiya Sahitya Asomiya Giti-Sahitya etc. Edited many books. He was conferred the epithet Sadachya Mahiyan by Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1988.Recipient of Padmasree in 1974 and Srimanta Sankardeva Award in 1989. Died on 13 September, 1995.

 • Mamoni Roisom Goswami (Pseudonym of Indira Goswami) : Noted litterateur, novelist, considered an authority of Ramayani literature. Born at Guwahati on 14 November 1941. Published works : Hridoy Ek Nadir Naam, Nilakanthi Braja, Ohiron, Dantal Hatir Uniya Khowa Ho.wda, Mamorey Ohara Torowal Aru Dukhan Upanyas, Aadha Lekha Dastabej, Sinnamastar Manuhto etc. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi for her novel Mamorey Ohara Torowal … in 1982. She also awarded Jnanpith, the most prestigious literary award of the country, for the year 2000. First Assamese woman to get the award. Died on 29 November 2011.

• Maniram Dewan : First tea planter of Assam. Born on 27 April, 1806. Established tea gardens in ‘Singlo’ at Sivasagar and ‘Chinamara’ at Jorhat. Tried to reinstate Kandarpeswar Singha as king during the 1857 Revolt. He was hanged at Jorhat on 26 February, 1858 for his efforts because his letter was intercepted on the way and its coulents handed over to the British.

• Medini Choudhury : Noted novelist and story writer. Born on 31 March, 1928. Graduated from Cotton College. He started his career as a teacher in Goreswar M E School. Later he joined Assam secretariat in Shillong and eventually worked in higher posts in different departments and retired in 1986. He was associated with the editing of these newspaper-magazines Asomiya, Santidoot, Samakaal, Sutradhar etc. Published books : Banduka Behar, Jadugharor Kirtimukh, Japona, Ananya Prantor, Tat Nodi Nasil, Ferengadao, Biponna Somoy etc. Awarded the Publication Board Award in 1986 for his novel Tat Nodi Nasil and Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999 for Biponna Somoy. Receipting of Bishnuprasad Rabha Award of Asom Sahitya Sabha and Adwaitmalla Award of Tripura government in 2000. Died on 13 February, 2003.

• Miles Bronson : First compiler of Ango-Assamese Dictionary. Born on 20 July 1812 in USA. Came to Assam through American Baptist Missionary in 1836.Died on 10 November 1883. • Mitradev Mahanta : Noted literary persona-lity. Born on 9 June, 1894. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1964. Composer of Chira Senehi Mor Bhasha Janani which is the

• Maniram Dewan : First tea planter of Assam. Born on 27 April, 1806. Established tea gardens in ‘Singlo’ at Sivasagar and ‘Chinamara’ at Jorhat. Tried to reinstate Kandarpeswar Singha as king during the 1857 Revolt. He was hanged at Jorhat on 26 February, 1858 for his efforts because his letter was intercepted on the way and its coulents handed over to the British.

 • Medini Choudhury : Noted novelist and story writer. Born on 31 March, 1928. Graduated from Cotton College. He started his career as a teacher in Goreswar M E School. Later he joined Assam secretariat in Shillong and eventually worked in higher posts in different departments and retired in 1986. He was associated with the editing of these newspaper-magazines Asomiya, Santidoot, Samakaal, Sutradhar etc. Published books : Banduka Behar, Jadugharor Kirtimukh, Japona, Ananya Prantor, Tat Nodi Nasil, Ferengadao, Biponna Somoy etc. Awarded the Publication Board Award in 1986 for his novel Tat Nodi Nasil and Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999 for Biponna Somoy. Receipting of Bishnuprasad Rabha Award of Asom Sahitya Sabha and Adwaitmalla Award of Tripura government in 2000. Died on 13 February, 2003.

• Miles Bronson : First compiler of Ango-Assamese Dictionary. Born on 20 July 1812 in USA. Came to Assam through American Baptist Missionary in 1836.Died on 10 November 1883. • Mitradev Mahanta : Noted literary persona-lity. Born on 9 June, 1894. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1964. Composer of Chira Senehi Mor Bhasha Janani which is the opening song of Asom Sahitya Sabha. Asom Sahitya Sabha felicitated him with the title Sahityacharya in 1982. Books published : Seneh Jori, Junjuni, Mohanbhog, Chandrahar, Vishaya Biparya etc. Died on 26 March, 1983.

• Mohim Bora : Noted litterateur, short-story writer. Born on 6 July, 1926 at Kaliabor, Nagaon. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1989. Awarded Sahitya Akademi for his novel Edhani Whir Hanhi for the year 2001. Published works : Kathanibari Ghat, Deha Goroka Prem, Putala Ghar, Rati Phoola Phool etc. Awarded Publication Board Award in 1980 and Assam Valley Literary Award in 1998. Asom Sahitya Sabha felicitated him with the title Sahityacharya in 2008. Honoured with Padmasree in 2010. Died on 5 August, 2016.

• Moidul • Islam Bora : First Assamese doctorate of London University. Born in 1899. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1940. Book published : Baharistane Gaibi. Died on 5 May, 1944.

• Momai Tamuli Barbarua : Barbarua of ‘Swargadeo’ Pratap Singha• (1603-1641). Original name Momai Nesang. Worked for the welfare of the people. Father of Lachit Barphukan.

• Mulagabharu : Wife of Frasengmung Bargohain. When she came to know that her husband died fighting against the Mughals, she also came out to fight against them, and died at the hands of Mughal General Turbak. M abin Chandra Bardoloi : Noted politician and freedom. 111 fighter. Born on 3 November 1875. President of Assam Association in 1915. Secretary of Pandu Congress in 1926. President of Kamrup Local Board in 1932-35. Various books published : Anita Gariboldir Jivani, Grihalakshmi, Krishna Leela and translation of three Shakespearer Dramas into English. Honoured with the title of Karmaveer (Performer of great deed). Died on 16 January 1936.

• Nagen Saikia : Noted litterateur, educationalist and critic. Born on 11 February. 1939 at Hatiyekhowa, near Golaghat. Father of a new schbol of poetry called Mito-bhas. President of Assam Sahitya Sabha twice in 1997 and 1998. Professor at Dibrugarh University. Research scholar in Assamese literature. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997 for his collection of short stories Andharot Nijor Mukh. Other published books are : Chinta-Aru Charcha, Oparthiva-Parthiva, Americat Doh Din, Gabesonaa Paddhati Parichoy, Swapna-Smriti-Bisaad etc. He was the editor for a few months of Natun Dainik, an Assamese daily, in 2003 and later worked as the editor of AmarAsom, an Assamese daily in 2004-06. Recipient of Assam Valley Literary Award in 2007, Krishnakanta Handique Award in 2011 and Anandaram Baruah Award, 2015.

•Nagendra Narayan Chaudhary : Noted literary personality and exponent of music. Born in 1881 at Lakhipur, near Goalpara. Founder of the magazine Awahan in 1929. Published works : Nagendra Narayan Chaudharir Golpa, Binar Jhankar. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1931. Died on 13 November, 1947.

•NakulChandraBhuyan: Noted litterateur and historian. Born in 1895 at Charing. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1967. Historical books published : Barobhuyanar Somu Buranji, Chah Bagisar Banua etc. Dramas : Badan Barphukan, Chandrakanta Singha, Numali Kuwari, Bidrohi Moran. Story books : Jonowali, Golpar Sarai, Sura ngchoar Chora etc. Died on 16 January, 1968.

• Nalinibala Devi : Noted poet. Born on 23 March, 1898. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1954. She was honoured with Padmashree in 1958 and Sahitya Akademi Award for her book Alokananda in 1967. Published books on poetry : Sandhiyar Sur, Saponor Sur, Yugdevta, Parashmani etc. Collection of essays Santipath. Biographies : Smrititirtha, Vishwadeepa, Eri Aha Dinbor. Children’s drama : Parijatar Abishek, Mirabai, Sesh . Puja, Prahlad. Died on 24 December, 1977.

• Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya : Poet and literary critic. Born on 4 December, 1921 at Chophrai tea estate near Sonari. A famous poet who belongs to the era of Jayanti. His published poetry books : Aahat Sopun, Chera Salir Malita, Noni Aachone Ghorot, Biday Phulor Din and Ei Kuoolite. Other published books : Moo aru Phool, Bezbarua aru Adhunikotar Dharona, Kobitar Kotha, Kobitar Nepothya,. Prachin Bharatiya Sabhyata aru Sanskriti (translated), Dui Purush etc. For his contribution to the field of literature, especially for the collection of his best poems Noni Achone Ghorot, the Asom Sahitya Sabha has conferred on him the prestigeous Saganlal Jain Award in 2002. He also received the Sahitya Akademy Award for his book Mahat Oitijya in 2002. Rocipient of Assam Valley Literary Award in 2006. He was conforred the epithet Sahityachaiya by Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2010. Died on 2 September, 2016. • Narakashur : King of Pragjyotishpur. According to myth he was fathered by Barah Avotar(incarnation as pig) of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Dharitri was his mother. King Janak found newborn Narakashur lying inside a human skull; so he was named Narakashur (Nor means human).

 • Naranarayan : Koch king. Original name Malladev. Valiant and religious king. Annexed the Jayantia, Kachari, Tripura, Manipur kingdoms to his domain. Scholars like Ram Saraswati, Purushattam Bidyabagish, Pitambar Siddhant Bidyabagish, Sankardeva were honoured in his court. Died in 1584. • Nathan Brown : Missionary of the American Baptist order. Born on 22 June, 1807 in America. Came with 0 T Cutter to Assam in 1835. Published the first journal of Assam, Orunodoi in 1846 with 0 T Cutter’s I.– help, and was its editor till 1854. Wrote Grammatical Notes on the Assamese Language in 1848. Wrote many books and published many old Assamese books like Kashinath Phukan’s Assam Buranji, Chutia Buranji. Died on 1 January, 1886.

• Navakanta Barua: Noted poet and writer of children’s literature. Born on 29 December 1923. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1990. Received Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel KakadeutarHarin 1975. He was honoured with Padmabhusan in 1976. He also awarded Assam Valley Literary Award in 1993. His published books : kakadeutar Har, Kapili Pariya Sadhu, Hey Aranya, Hey Mahanagar (0 Forest, 0 Metropolis), Mor Aru Prithivir, Chabi Aru Sketch etc. Died on 13 July, 2002. • NilamaniPhukan: Noted litterateur. Born on 22 June 1880 at Dibrugarh. Headmaster of George School of Dibrugarh in 1911. Elected to the Bidhan Sabha twice in 1948 and 1952. Editor of Alochani for Sometime. Founder editor of Dainik Batori, the first Assamese daily, in 1935. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha twice in 1944 and 1947. Published Books : Jyoti Kana, Manasi, Amitra, Jinjiri, Tarun Asom, Manas Pratima, Essays : Jayatirtha, Mahapurushia Dharma, Kirtanar Lavanu etc. D Litt of Gauhati University. Died on 20 January, 1978. • Nirmalprabha Bordoloi : Noted poet. Born in 1933. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1991. Books published : Bon Faringar Rang, Dinar Pisat Din, Antoronga, Devi, Sudirgha Din Aru Ritu. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi for the last mentioned book in 1983. Also awarded Prabina Saikia Award for the year 2001. Died on 1 June, 2004.

 • Nirupama Bargohain : Famous female novelist, journalist, story writer. Born in 1930. Her Published books are : Sei Nodi Nirabadhi, Dinar Pasat Din, Iparar Ghar Siparar Ghar, Abhiyatri, Hriday Eta Nirjan Dwip etc. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for her book Abhiyatri in 1996. She also awarded Prabina Saikia Award for the year 2000. Receipient of Assam Award in 2003. Oliver T Cutter : Member of American missionaries that  visited Assam during the first half of the 19th century. Printer and publisher of Orunodoi, the first journal of Assam during 1846-52. One of the major advocates of making Assamese the official language in Assam instead of Bengali. Born in 1811. No information available about his death. • Omeo Kumar Das : Social worker, litterateur. Popularly known iis Lokanayak. Born on 5 May, 1895 at Guwahati. Took the membership of Asom Vyabasthapak Sabha in 1937. Elected to Assam assembly in 1946. Participated in several international luibour convention. Assumed the charge as editor of the Saptahik Asomiya in 1926. Editor of Banhi, the Assamese literary magazine, during 1934-35. Noted works : GandhijirJiwani, Gandhi Kathamrit, Momat Mahatma, Mahatma Gandhik Ami Kidare Bujilo, Jiwan Smriti (autobiography). Translated work : Mor Salya Anwesanar Kallini (My Experiments With Truth . autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi). Died on 5 March, 1975. padmadhar Chaliha : Noted litterateur. Born in 1815 at Sivasagar Publisher of Argha, an Assamese magazine. In 1931-34 editor of Sadiniya Mom. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1958. First secretary of Assam Chatra Sanmilan Poetry Published : Sarii, Rangpure Katha Kai. Padumani. Books of songs Phulani, Geetor Lohori. Drama : Amor Lila, Niyantran, Kene Moja etc. Died on 12 June, 1969.

• Padmanath Gohain Barua : First president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1917. Born in 1871 on 24`” October. First person to obtain literary pension in 1906. Editor of Usha, Bijuli, Asam Banti. Books published : Joymoti, Gadadhar, Teton Tamuli, Bhanumati, Sahitya Sangrah etc. Died on 7 Apri1,1946. • Parbati Prasad Barooah : Exponent of music. Popularly known as Geeti Kavi. Born on 19 August, 1904 at Sivasagar. Books published : Lakhimi, Sonar Soleng, Bhage Tokarir Sur, Sukula Bawer, Khel Bhangar Khel. Died on 7 June, 1964.

• Phani Sarma : Noted dramatist and actor Born in 1910 at Tezpur. Producer of the famous film Siraj. President’s medal for his film Piyali Phukan in 1955. Acted in various films. Writer of some famous drama like  Bhogjara, Mayengar Bei, Rang &rang, Nagpash, Sirajetc,Also known as Natasurya. Died on 31 July, 1970.

• Phuleswari Kuwari : First queen to rule Assam. Follower of Sakta Dharma. Insulted the Mahantas after inviting them to Devi Puja thus igniting the Moamaria Rebellion. Died in 1731.

• Piyali Phukan : Son of Badan Chandra Barphukan. Died a martyr in the revolt of 1830 against the British.

• Pramathesh Barua : Noted film producer and actor. Produced a total of 21 films. Born in 1903. Various films produced by him like Dgvdas, Grehadas, Mukti, Jindagi etc. Died on 29 November, 1951. • Prasannalal Chaudhury : Revolutionary 1 poet. Born on 7 December, 1898. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1978. Published literary works: Agnimantra. ?!. Chaneki Kavita, Apeshwari, Jatir Phut etc. Died on 20•January, 1986.

• Premnarayan Dutta : Path breaker of a new genre of Assamese literature known as detective story. Born in 1899. Writer of the famous series Pa-Phu and Rahasyar “or, „awn’ Rahghara. Other written books Din Decoit,   Niyabr Nirmali, Pranayar Sub, Akankshyar Antaralat etc. Died in 1965.

• Purabi Bormudoi : Noted novelist, story writer. Born on 8 May, 1955. Published books Gajaraj Prem Aru. Banditwa, Baghsaal, Baghjal Aru Manuh, Rupuwali Noir Sonowali Ghat, Santanukulanandan etc. Won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Santanukulanandan in 2007. Also awarded ✓ the Basanti Bordoloi Award (2000), Saganlal Jain Award (2006), Prabina Saikia Award (2006), Assam Valley Literary Award (2011) etc. Dadhagovinda Baruah : Noted journalist and i‘sports organiser. Born on 17 October, 1900. Published the Assam Tribune in 1939 as a weekly which was changed to a daily in 1946. Later on published Asom Bani and Dainik Asom. Mayor of Guwahati Municipal Corporation. One of the organiser who contributed towards the building of the Guwahati Nehru Stadium. Died on 15 July, 1977.

• Raghunath Chaudhary : Famous poet. Known as Bihagi Kavi. Born in 1879. Assistant editor of Jonaki. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1936. Edited Jayanti, Surabhi and Maina. His books of poetry which have been published : Sadori, Keteki, Dahikatara, Kaarbala, Navamallika. Died on 18 November 1967. • Rajanikanta Bardoloi : Popularly known as Upanyas Samrat (Emperor of Novel) of Assamese literature. Born on 24 November 1867. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1925. Books published : Manomati, Miri-Jiyari (One of the first Assame novel), Rangili, Randoi Ligiri (Randoi the Courtmaid) etc. A noted literary personality of the Jonaki era. Died on 25 March, 1940.

 • Ram Saraswati : Translator of the Mahabharata into Assa-mese. Contemporary of Sankardeva. A member of the court of Koch king, Naranarayan. Other poetry written : Kulachal Badh, Badh Kavya, Bakasur Badh etc. • Rangbong Terang : Nor litterateur and educationalist. Born on 13 January 1937 in Bokoliyaghat, Karbi Anglong (according to matric certificate his date of birth is 31 December 1944). His first novel Rongmilir Hanhi (Smile of Rongmili) was published in 1981. Other published books : Karbi Lamkuru (Karbi grammar), Karbi Lamt Asom (Karbi-Assamese Dictionary), Jaak Herowa Pokhi, Mor Jonmo Howato Ontoto: Sonsa (autobiography) etc. Awards-honours : Padmashree (1989), Assam Valley Literary Award (2009) etc. He was elected as the President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2009.

• Ratnakanta Barkakoti : Noted poet. Born in 1897. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1963. Known as Sewall Kavi. His published books : Sewall, Tarpan, Chandrahar, Chitralekha, Our Script Question etc. Died in 1963 on 21st April. • Rita Chowdhury : Noted novelist. Born in 1960. Published books : Obirata Yatra, Popiya Torar Sadhu, Mahajibonor Adharhila, Ei Somoy Sei Somoy,’ Hridoy Nirupai, Deo Langkhui, Makam, Mayabritya etc. Won the first prize for the novel Obirata Yatra in the competition organised by Asom Sahitya Sabha among the novels based on Assam movement (1981). Also awarded the Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha Award of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2006 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 2008 for her novel Deo Langkhui. Currently (2017) she is the director of National Book Trust. • Robin Dey : .Known as Rangman in Assamese literature. Born on 18 March 1922 at Nazira. Writer of the famous detective series Dasyu Bhaskar. Died on 22 July 1980.

• Roma Das : Noted romantic story writer. Born in 1909. Published books : Achol Toka, Roma Dasor :;htestha Galpa etc. Died November 1981. • Rudra Singha: Important among the Ahom Kings. His father was Gadadhar Singha. Manuh Anukule. Awarded the Sahitya Akadem Award in 2004 for his anthology Manuh Anukule. Also awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2014. Died on 20 February, 2016. • Hitesh Deka : Noted movelist. Born on 18 February in 1924. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1995. Books published : Ajir Manuh, Eyeto Jivan, Bhara-Ghar, Mati-Kar, Natun Path, Niryatita Sati etc. Died on 30 August in 2000.

• Homen Borgohain : Noted journalist and literary personality. Born on 7 December in 1932. Editor of Saptahik Nilachal in 1958. Editor of Nagarik in 1977 and founder Chief Editor of an Assamese Daily Ajir Dainik Baton (2004-05). Reporter of Aajkaal for sometime. Editorial Adviser at Niamiya Barta at present. Books published : Subala, Pita-Putra, Saudar Puteke Nao Meli Jai, Halodhia Chara iye Baodhan Khai, Tantrik, Mor • Sangbadik Jiwan, Atmanusandhan etc. Received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1978) for his novel Pita-Putra. Also won the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1991. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2001. I mran Shah : Noted storywriter, novelist  andeducationalist. Born on 23rd November, 1933 at Sivasagar. He started his career as a teacher and refired in 2003. He has written more than hundred stories, 13 novels, 16 plays, many songs, poems and essays. Published books : Bandi Bihangome Kande, Priya Mukhchanda, Jabanbandi (Deposition) Banjyotshna etc. He received literary pension from Assam government in 1997 and Aajan Pir Prize for the year 2008. Receipient of Assam Valley Literary Award in 2009. Elected as the President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 2012. Jaduram Deka Barua : The first person to bring out an Assamese dictionary, the first of its kind. Born in 1810. Wrote the first Assamese-English dictionary in 1839. from 1972 to 1978. He was regarded as a praised personality of Assam’s politics. Died on 24 December 2005.

• Satyanath Bora : Noted literary personality. Born in 1860. Books published : Sarothi, Sahityar Bichar, Chintakali, Bahal Byakaran, Gitavali. Known as the ‘Bacon of Assamese Literature’. Died on 13 December 1925.

• Satyendranath Sarma.: Noted Assamese Litterateur. Born on 10th of September, 1917. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1975. Got the title of Sahityacharya in 1990. Awarded the ‘Sankardev Award’ in 1991. Books published : Asomiya Sahityar Samikshat-mak litibritta, Asomiya Natya Sahitya, Asomiya Upanyasar Gatidhara, Rama’ya-nor ltibritta, -,1 Matir Manuh etc. Died on 1999.

• Saurav Kumar Chaliha (Pseudonym of Surendranath Medhi): Renowned litterateur, story writer. Born at Mangaldoi in 1930. Studied Physics at the universities of Gauhati and.London. Joined the faculty of Assam Engineering College and retired as Head, Department of physics, of the Same institution. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi in 1974 for the collection of stories Golaam. Recipient of Assam Valley Literary Award, 1995. Published works : Asanta Electron, Duporia, Ehaat Doba, Golaam, Golpo Nohoi, Aji Sukrabaar, Saurav Kumar Chalihar Nirbachita Lekha, Abaruddha Chahar, Kobi, Bhal Khabor, Chay Dasakar Galpa etc. Died on 25 June 2011,

• Sayed Abdul Malik : Noted litterateur, story writer, novelist. Born on 14. January, 1919. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1977. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1972 for his novel Aghori Atmaar Kahini. Published works : Surujmukhir Swapna, Aghori Atmaar Kahini, Ekabeka Britta etc. Sahityacharya in 1997. Padmashree in 1984 and Padmabhusan in 1992. Receipient of Assam Valley Literary Award in 1992, Srimanta Shankardev Award in 1995. Died on 19 December, 2001. After. his death a collection of short story entitled Ekhon Nilikha Cithir Kathalkhini was published in 2001.

 • Silabhadra (Pseudonym of Revati Mohan Dutta Chaudhury) : Noted litterateur, story-writer. Born at Guwahati in 1924. His style of storytelling is unique. Won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1994 for Madhupur, Bohudur, a collection of short stories. Other published works : Vastab, Kono Khyobh Nai, Samudratir, Silbhadrar Kurita Golpa, Viswas Aru Anyanya Golpa, Tarpan, Uttaran, Agamonir Ghat, Anusandhan etc. Received Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2001. Died on 29 February 2008.

• SitanathBrahmachaudhury: Noted poet. Born on 8 October 1908. Chairman of Dhubri Local Board in 1946. Elected to Lok Sabha in 1952. Twice president of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1981 and 1982:Books published : Kadam Kali, Aabegar Chakulu, Phuleswari Daimary etc. Died on 23 November:1982.

• Sneh Devi : Noted story-writer. Born at Jorhat in 1916. Received the ‘Basanti Bardoloi Award’ instituted by the Asom Sahitya Sabha. Died .on 5 October, 1990. Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for for her book Sneh Devir Ekuki Galpa in 1990 posthumously.

• Sukafa : Founder of the Ahom Kingdom. Originally came from Burma (now Myanmar). Established permanent capital of Ahom Kingdom at Charaideo. Died in the year 1268.

• SuryaKumarBhuyan: Famous historian & literary personality. Born on 27 January in 1894 at Nagaon. Awarded the degree of D Litt from London University in 1951. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1953. Founder of the History and Archaelogy Department in Assam. Editor and publisher of numerous historical essays. Books published : Ramani Gabhoru, Konwar Bidroh, An Assamese Noorjahan, Atan Burhagohain and His Times, Nirmali, Tungkhungia Buranji, Assamese Literature : Ancient and Modern etc. Honoured with Padmashree in 1956. Died on 5 July, 1964. Torun Ram Phukan : Noted literary 1 personality and expert shooter. The first person to ride a bicycle in Guwahati. Born in 1877. One of the leaders of the freedom movement of Assam. First chairman of Guwahati Local Board in 1924. Famously known as Desh Bhakta. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1927. Published books : Smritimala, Jouna Tatva, Mor Chikar Kahini. Died on 27 July, 1939.

 • TirthanathSarma: Noted litterateur. Born 23 November, 1911. President of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1971. Published books : Sahitya Vidya Parikrama, Ratnasangam, Benudhar Sarma, Auniati Satrar Buranji etc. Poetry book : Kaam Sendur. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi in 1986 for his book Benudhar Sarma. Founder principal of Pragjyotish College of Guwahati. Died on 23 October 1986. hoist the national flag at Gohpur police station on the 20th of September, 1’942.

• Kanaksen Deka : Well-known journalist and writer. Born on 16th July, 1933 in Belshor, Nalbari. Proprietor and editor of the Agradoot. On February 1, 1971 Agradoot appeared as a fortnightly from Mangoldoi. Then in 1973, it was published from Guwahati as a bi-weekly. He was also the founder editor of an English paper Action (1990). He is the editor of the Assamese daily Dainik Agradoot from 1995. Besides being a novelist, he is also the author of a number of books having social themes. Some of them are : Natun Pur use JuktirAdharot Natun Samaj Garhok, Amar Yuba Samaj Bishwa Bijoy Kariboloi Olai Aahok, Ulfar Swadhin Asom, Duso Bosoria Hinamonyatar Obosaan Houk, Asomor Goshtidwandwo Aru Samajik Bibartanor Dhara etc. He was the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha from 2005 to 2008. Recipiefit of Srjmanta Sankardev Award (2014).

 • Karunabhiram Baruah : Born in 1874. Founder editor of the first children’s magazine of Assam Lora Bondhu in 1888. He Died while still student in 1893.

• Keshab Mahanta : Noted poet and lyricist. Born at Chatia on 20 January, 1926. Recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award (1993) for MorJe Kiman Nepali, an anthology of poems. Other published works : Rod Jiki Miki, Agantuk, Dis-Dhawali Boron, Maa Ami Sadiyaloi Manab Astir Satru (Trans.), Rakta Karabi, Heu-en-Changor Bharat Yatra (Trans.) etc. Died on 31 March, 2006.

• Kirtichandra Barbarua : Born in 1709. Swargadeo Shiva Singha gave the title ‘Barbarua’, which made him powerful. Chakari Pheti Buranji was the name of a history book which had many negative things to say about him. The ‘Barbarua’ ordered that particular Buranji and many others of its ilk should be burnt. He was killed at the hands of Ragha Maran in 1769.

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