From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, October 2: Tapan Barua, who was famous as ‘Chik kai’ in popular Assamese serial Oi Khapla, left for heavenly abode on Saturday. After his eight-day long struggle for survival in raya Hridayalaya in North Guwahati since September 24, Tapan Barua passed away, leaving behind his mother, brother and a number of friends and well wishers.
Tapan Barua, on the afternoon of September 24, returned to his residence at Upahupara near Mangaldai town after shooting for an Assamese serial and suddenly he suffered from high blood pressure and lost consciousness. Though he was immediately taken to Mangaldai Civil Hospital, but as per the advice of the attending doctors, critically ill Tapan Barua was admitted in the ICU ward of raya Hridayalaya.
With his talent in drama and acting since his childhood, Tapan Barua had bagged the Best award in Comedy by taking part in more than 30 one-act plays staged in different places of the State. With his pleasing comedy role in more than seven serials in Doordarshan, Guwahati and in more than 18 full-length drama played in various places of the country, Tapan Barua also joined Hengool Theatre, a premier mobile theatre of Assam, for a year as a comedian. He was almost a regular participant at the Utkal Intertiol Drama Festival held in Cuttak in Odisha and enthralled the audience with his excellent performance.
However, like most of the talents of the State, particularly in the field of drama and acting, Tapan Barua too had to continuously struggle for his living and even could not spare a single penny for his better treatment. On receipt of the tragic news of his demise, a good number of mourners, friends and well wishers rushed to the hospital and paid their last tribute to ‘Chik Kai’.
On Sunday morning, a number of mourners, admirers, friends and office bearers of various socio-cultural organizations took his body to Mangaldai tya Mandir and offered their floral tribute for the last time. Later, his body was taken to the public crematorium at Bhebarghat where his last rites were performed.