Noted Assamese short story writer and novelist Kailash Sarma, who was also c25 die in US attack on Iranian-backed militia in Iraq
losely associated with Asam Sahitya Sabha, passed away following a massive cardiac arrest at his son’s residence in Gurugram near New Delhi in the wee hours of Monday. Born in 1945 at Disoikash (Baligaon) village near Jorhat, Sarma had spent his entire career in Namrup where he had served in various capacities in the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilzer Corporation Ltd. A former central executive committee member of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Sarma had served as secretary and president of the Namrup Sahitya Sabha in 1981-82 and 2003-04 respectively. Author of over 100 short stories and several novels, Kailash Sarma was best known for Bolukat Biyoli – a novel that had earned wide acclaim when it was serialised in Prantik in the mid-1980s. Several of his novels and short stories have been also broadcast by All India Radio, Dibrugarh. Also a stage actor, he was an active member of the Asam Natya Sanmilan and associated with the Baligaon Sanmilani Natya Mandir in his ancestral village. Survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, Sarma’s death has been widely mourned in Namrup, Jorhat as well as in Guwahati. Milan Chora, a platform of people hailing from Baligaon and living in Guwahati, while mourning his death, described him as one of the strongest authors of contemporary times who had portrayed Assamese rural life and issues in a unique style. His last rites were performed in Gurugram on Monday evening.
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