Renowned Assamese playwright and novelist Arun Sarma dies at 85

Assamese writer Arun Sarma died on March 27 at a private hospital in Delhi after a brief illness.

books Updated: Mar 27, 2017 20:11 IST
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Arun Sarma being honoured by former president (late) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.(Sachidananda Saikia/Wikimedia Commons)

Renowned playwright and Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novelist Arun Sarma died on March 27, 2017, at a private hospital in Delhi after a brief illness.

According to family members, Sarma died early Monday morning. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Sarma, who was born in 1931 in Dibrugarh district, has written more than 50 plays and books in his career. He also won a number of awards, including Padma Shri, Sahitya Academi award and Assam Valley Literary award.

Condoling his death, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people of the state will always remember him for his contribution towards the literary world. Asking the administration to perform his last rites with state honour, Sonowal said: “Sarma’s death is irreparable loss to the Assamese society.”

Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi said Sarma’s demise meant that Assam has lost one true guardian. Famous theatre group Samahar Natya Gosthee expressed its condolence at the demise Sarma and termed him as “a towering personality in the arena of Assamese theatre”.

“It is a big loss to Assamese theatre, and the creative field in general. He will be deeply missed by all,” the group said in a statement.

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First Published: Mar 27, 2017 20:10 IST