Renowned Assamese filmmaker and veteran artist, Jiban Bora has passed away at his residence in Assam’s North Lakhimpur after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

People in large numbers paid their last tributes to the playwright in the North Lakhimpur Government HS School playground and the Nata Sainik office in North Lakhimpur on Tuesday.

His mortal remains were also taken to the Panigaon Pragati Sangha in Panigaon, of which he had been the president.

His last rites were held in North Lakhimpur on Tuesday afternoon.

Bora, who was also closely associated with the Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA), was known for his two blockbuster Assamese movies, Opaja Sonar Mati (1972) and Polashar Rang (1976).

“Opaja Sonar Mati” directed by Brajen Baruah won the National Film Award.

He worked closely with noted Assamese actor, Abdul Mazid and renowned playwright, Mahendra Borthakur.

Born on November 14, 1931 at Panigaon in Lakhimpur, Bora participated in the independence movement from 1944 to 1947 as a student leader.

After passing out of the JB College and Assam Agriculture University in Jorhat, he joined the state agriculture department.

Bora was also the president of the Lakhimpur Cine Club since its inception in 2008 till his death.

He was conferred with the Jeewan Ram Mungi Devi Goekna Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and felicitated by the state directorate of cultural affairs.

He also has a number of novels, translations and books on cinema to his credit.

Farhana Ahmed

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: farhana.ahmed777@gmail.com