Noted linguist and educationist Prof. Bhimkanta Barua has been chosen for the first Bhimbor Deori Award 2019.

The award has been constituted by the Assam government in the name of Jananeta Bhimbor Deori, who struggled for the socio-economic-educational development of Assam uniting all the communities of the state.

The award will be presented to Barua at the event to be organized on the occasion of 72nd death anniversary of Bhimbor Deori at Bam Rajabari High School playground in Bam Rajabari of Sivasagar district on November 30.

The founder general secretary of Tribal League and former minister during Gopinath Bordoloi regime, Bhimbor Deori was born on May 16, 1903 at Rajabari.

Bhimbor Deori was one of those leaders, who played a major role and had fought to save Assam from merging into East Pakistan.

The event will be held at the initiative of the Directorate of Culture, Assam in association with the Sivasagar district administration, Deori Autonomous Council (DAC) and All Assam Deori Students’ Union.

The award will be presented by chief guest Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Assam cultural affairs minister Naba Kr Doley will be present at the event as the guest of honour.

Jorhat MP Topon Kr Gogoi, Thaora MLA Kushal Duwari, DAC chief executive member Madhab Deori will attend the programme as distinguished guests.

The award will carry Rs 2 lakh, a citation and an angabastra.

Prof. Bhimkanta Barua was born on July 1, 1951.

He served as the lecturer, reader, professor and head of the department of Assam in Dibrugarh University.

He also served as the in-charge director of the Centre for Library & Information Science Studies and Centre for Studies in language in Dibrugarh University.

Dr Bhimkanta Barua has significant contributions towards Assam’s language-culture and the Nagamese language.

The linguist earned his PhD by doing extensive research on Nagamese language.

With his books ‘Nagamese Kathalaga Niyam’, Nagamese: The Language of nagaland’ and ‘Nagamese Bhaxar gathan Aru Bikash’, Barua has strengthened the bond between Assam and Nagaland.

Barua’s other books include ‘Batsa Path’ (Pila Bhag), ‘Asomar Bhasha’, ‘Umalaa Ghar’, ‘Prakrit Path’, Charung Phukanar Buranjee’, ‘Bhasha Sangskriti Adhyayan’, ‘Asomiya Bhasha’, ‘Ahomsakalar Paramparagata Utsav Anusthan’, ‘Bhashar Itibritta’, ‘Asomiya Sahitya Sangskritir Kishu Katha’, ‘Tulanamulak Bhasha Adhyayan’, ‘Abhilekh’, ‘Comparative Vocabulary’, ‘Deshatkoi Mumai Dangor Nohoy’ (Drama), ‘O Ai Asomi’ (Lyrics), ‘Gitar Lohore Lohore’ (Songs), ‘Salmala’ (Bodo short  stories’ Assamese translation).

Raju Deuri

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