Team Dimorian Review e-journal would like to pay tribute to the following renowned personalities of Assam who left for their heavenly abode during March-April, 2017.

Prof. Dilip Kumar Baruah: Eminent economist, educationist, author, quizmaster and a great teacher Prof. Dilip Kumar Baruah (Born, 16 March 1943 and death, 27 April 2017) breathed his last on 27th April following a brief illness. Dilip Kumar Baruah was born to Swarnalarta Baruah and Satyanath Baruah in Siphajhar in Darrang district. His father was a Govt. employee who was transferred frequently. He passed his matriculation from Shillong Government School in 1957 and the joined St. Anthony’s College for IA.  He did his graduation from Cotton College with Honours in Economics. Then he did his masters in Economics from Delhi University.  He joined Cotton College as a faculty in 1966. In 2000, he became the Principal of Cotton College and retired as a Principal of Haflong Government College in 2001.He served as a guest faculty in the Dept. of Economics in Gauhati University till 2009.  Dressed in pressed formals, cleaned shaved and extremely gentle, DKB Sir is one of the popular teachers of Cotton College. The credit for popularizing the concept of quiz in Assam as well as in entire North East goes to Prof. Dilip Kumar Baruah. In 1967 he conducted a quiz in Cotton College and that was the starting of quizzing in North East India. It is because of him, quizzing became a serious business in Assam. With his optimistic attitude he was the source of inspiration for many IAS aspirants. He guided students for competitive examination conducted by UPSC and APSC. He was the Joint   Director of Assam Administrative College from 1989 to 1992 and was also a member of the Assam Planning Board and second State Finance Commission (2001-06). He was a member in independent public committee set up by the Govt. for evaluating the management and implementation of solid waste management in Guwahati, State Advisory Committee, AERC and Assam’s 7th Pay Commission.   He wrote several books for Higher Secondary and Degree level courses in Assam besides quiz books. He also authored a book on Economics and a book on General Studies for competitive examination.  Ever smiling personality DKB Sir, has a father like image not only for his students but for anybody who comes closer to him. Nobody can fill up the vacuum created by his demise.

ARPAN SAIKIA: The author, Arpan Saikia who completed his tenure of stay on earth in the wee hours of 26th April, 2017 last hailed from Fauzdaripatty, Nagaon. An electrical engineer by profession he retired as Chief General Manager of the organisation. Apart from a short story writer of repute having to his credit, he wrote many articles on contemporary issues. He has five original short story collections, one translated collection Italian short stories and one collection of stories Rainbow tanslated into English by this translator.

PRADIP SAIKIA: Then on April 10, 2017, Assam lost Pradip Saikia, noted Assamese litterateur, novelist, short story writer, translator-author and playwright. Saikia was the recipient of Assam Sahitya Award (2016) for his work Ram Katha – A Joy Raghu Nandan based on Valmiki’s Ramayana. He is popularly known as the creator of Omar Khayam. He had four novels including Omar Khayam, four story collections, five essay collections, one drama, etc. to his credit.

ARUN SARMA: Renowned Assamese playwright and novelist Arun Sarma died on March 27, 2017. Arun Sarma was one of Assam’s contemporary playwrights and is particularly known for his unconventional plays with some elements of drama. Besides drama, he also authored over six novels detailing the Assamese way of life. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010 in recognition of his contributions to Assamese literature. He has also been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1998 for the novel Ashirbadar Rong (The Hues of Blessing). He has won the Asam Sahitya Sabha’s Best Playwright Award for two consecutive years and also ha the rare distinction of having won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998 for literature. He was also recipient of the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2005.

Demise of above personalities is undoubtedly irreparable loss to the Assamese society. We pay homage to all the departed souls that may rest in peace in heavenly abode!

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