Prominent Assamese Poet ‘Hiru Da’ Dies At 80

Noted Assamese poet and Sahitya Academy award winner Hiren Bhattacharyya died at a private hospital in Guwahati on Wednesday morning.

Bhattacharyya (80), popularly known as ‘Hiru Da’ was admitted at Dispur Hospital in the city due to lung infection on June 14.

He died at the hospital around 10:25 am on Wednesday.

“Hiru Da was under treatment in the past two weeks,” a doctor of the hospital said.

He was born in Jorhat district in 1932.

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Known as the ‘Poet of Love and Sunshine’, Hiru Da was honoured with Bishnu Rava award in 1958, Rajaji Puroskar in 1984-85, Soviet Desh Neheru award in 1987, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, Assam Valley Literary Award in 2000.

Among his published anthologies of poetry included as, Roudro Kamona, Kobitar Rod, Tumar Bahi, Xugondhi Pokhilaa, Mor Desh aru Mor Premor Kobita, Bibhinno Dinor Kobita, Shoichor Pothar Manuh , Mur Prio Bornomala, Bhalpuwar Buka Mati, Bhalpuwar Dikcou Batere.

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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarmah, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta expressed profound shock and grief at the demise of Hiren Bhattacharyya.