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Bhabendra Nath Saikia

Bhabendra Nath Saikia

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Bhabendra Nath Saikia

Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia (1932- 2003) was a novelist, short story writer and film director from Assam. He won many literary awards, including Sahitya Academy (1976) and was also recognised with the Padma Shri. He graduated in 1952 with honors in Physics from the Cotton College of Gauhati University and received a post graduate degree in Physics from the Presidency College of Calcutta University. He obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of London in 1960. He also obtained a Diploma from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London in 1961. He worked as reader in Physics at the Gauhati University and became a Member, Sangeet Natak Akademi, India. Dr. Saikia edited the Prantik, an Assamese monthly magazine, and a children's magazine named Xaphura, both in the Assamese language. He was also the president of the Jyoti Chitraban which was for a long time the only film studio in Assam. He had the unique distinction of having won the National Awards for each of his seven Assamese films. Having spent his childhood in poverty, Dr. Saikia established the Aarohan Trust in Guwahati using the money he received from the Assam Valley Literary Award to provide free training to poor children interested in art, theatre and music.

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