Guwahati: Renowned Assam scholar and Professor Emeritus Dr Amaresh Datta passed away at the age of 102 on Thursday at his residence in Dibrugarh, Assam. Dutta's last rites shall be performed at the Chowkidinghee crematorium with state honours.
After the death of the noted scholar, the Assam government has declared state funeral in his honour and remembrance. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal wrote on Twitter, "Deeply saddened by the demise of Professor Emeritus Dr Amaresh Datta, a stalwart of modern education in India and a renowned scholar of the region. His contribution towards enriching English literature in the nation is immense. My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends."
Deeply saddened by the demise of Professor Emeritus Dr Amaresh Datta, a stalwart of modern education in India and a renowned scholar of the region.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 6, 2020
His contribution towards enriching english literature in the nation is immense. My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/oE6MLRiki0
Dr Amaresh Datta started his career in Madhya Pradesh in the 1950s and later on moved to Gauhati University from where he retired in the 1980s. His collection of poems Captive Moments (1952) bagged a prestigious award from the International Association of Poetry in Rome, Italy.
Dr Datta was also an expert on the Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare and his book Shakespeare's Tragic Vision (1963) received a lot of praise from distinguished scholars and critics like Professor G Wilson Knight, Dr EMW Tillyard, Professor AG Stock, and several others.
Some of his published works include Captive Moments (A collection of poems), Shakespeare's Tragic Vision and Art, Time's Harvest (A collection of poems on selected episodes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata), Lotus and the Cross (A poetic play- a trilogy) and several others.
He also visited the Soviet Union in 1987 as a member of the cultural delegation sponsored by the Government of India.
He retired from the English department of Guwahati University after imparting knowledge to the youths of Assam over several decares. In recognition of his scholarship and teaching achievements, he was honoured by Gauhati University as Professor Emeritus.
Dr Datta was also awarded Krishna Kanta Handiqui National award 2018 instituted by Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University. He was presented with the award by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal himself at a function at India Club in Dibrugarh recently.