Retired Dean of Cotton University Dr Mukti (Dev) Choudhury passes away in Guwahati
Dr Mukti (Dev) Choudhury, Retired Dean of Cotton University passed away on Friday
GUWAHATI: Dr Mukti (Dev) Choudhury, Retired Dean of Cotton University passed away on Friday at a private hospital of Guwahati. Dr. Choudhury was 80 and she was suffering from various post-Covid ailments including cirrhosis of liver. She was born in Sylhet district on February 20,1942.
After partition, her parents sent her to Guwahati and at that time, she was staying with some close relatives. She had struggled a lot since her school days, but her mental strength, merit and brilliance ultimately placed her in a prestigious position. In 1964, she joined Cotton college as a lecturer of Bengali. She had done a research on famous Bengali novelist Tarashankar Bandapadhyaya and got Ph D from Jadavpur university. She retired in 2000 as Dean of Cotton University. She was Dean for about 2 years.
Dr Choudhury wrote many books in Bengali including her memoirs like "Sei to amar ami" and "Chhinnamuler chhnera pata". Her another valuable research-oriented book is "Ouponyasik Tarashankar". Dr. Choudhury was a close friend of famous writer Dr.Mamoni Roisom Goswami and she translated her two Assamese books in Bengali— "Chhinnamostar manusti" and "Mamoni Roisom Goswamir Shrestha galpo". She also translated "Loha" of Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bora and "Tripura Buronjee" in Bengali.
Mukti Choudhury was awarded "Lila Roy Smarak Purashkar" of Pashchimbanga Bangla academy. She also got Bijonkrishna Smriti Puraskar of Tripura.
She was a talented singer of kirtan and Rabindra Sangeet. She was associated with various socio-cultural organizations of Guwahati. Dr.Choudhury acted as a member of Minority Board of Assam for two terms during Congress regime.
Rabijit Choudhury, a renowned journalist, was her husband. Rabijit Choudhury expired in 1995. Dr. Choudhury left behind her only son Shankhadeep Choudhury, a journalist; Nabanita, her daughter-in-law and a little grandson Soumyodeep.
Many people including ex and present professors of Cotton College and university gathered at Bhutnath Smashan where she was cremated on Friday night.
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