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Parvati Prasad Baruah…… Geetikavi, the Lyrical Poet of Assam

Parvati Prasad Baruva is one of the cultural icons of Assam, was a poet, lyricist, dramatist: an icon of Assamese literature and the Culture of Assam. Known for his simple and sensitive use of the Assamese language, he is popularly known as the Geetikavi—the lyrical poet of Assam
The first decade of the 20th century can be deemed as highly significant for Assam because three eminent sons were born to serve the state with lilting music and inspiring poetry. The proverbial three Prasads — Jyotiprasad Agarwalla (1903), Parvati Prasad Baruva (1904) and Bishnu Prasad Rabha (1909) — were synonymous with literature, culture, dance, music and cinematography. The triumvirate kept the literary and cultural arena of the state illumined and vibrant for almost the next six decades. 

Birendranath Datta

Birendra Nath Dutta was one of the most talented singers and lyricists of Assam. He started his career as a teacher but was also continuing his singing career at the same time. In 1961, his two gramophone records were released by HMV that contained previously released popular songs like "Dhun Dhun Dhunia", "Bahagar Dupariya", "Sou Patharar Kahua Phool" and others. He also continued singing for the radio which had made him popular among the listeners of Assam. Some unforgottable songs sung by Birendra Nath Dutta are - "Monor Khobar", "Bahudin Bokulor Gondh Poa Naai", "Meli Dilo Man", "Rohimalaa Uronir Maajere", "Sou Sirish Daalat", "Tomaar Kaarane Jaau", "Aahinak Kone Anane", "Mou Daaponar", "Sita Banabaash", "Bogoli Bogaa Phot Di Ja", "Jilir Maate", "O Ghan Chirikaa", "Barashaa Tomaar", "Aakaashe Botaahe", "Aakaash Aamaak Akani Aakaash Diya " etc.

Krishna Kanta Handique………… the Sanskrit Scholar
Among all the modern Assamese, Krishna Kanta Handique understood his country and the world the best. A name synonymous with scholastic pursuits, he was a great Assamese of whom every Indian can justifiably be proud.

His life and works were a balancing of apparently irreconcilable opposites. A man given completely to profound study and never bothering about popularity, power and fame, Handique had a strong sense of social and moral obligation.
Krishna Kanta Handique was born on the July 20, 1898 in Jorhat town of Assam, to Rai-Bahadur Radha Kanta Handique. He was educated at Cotton College, Guwahati (1913-15), Sanskrit College, Calcutta (1915-17), Calcutta University (1917-19), Oxford University, Paris University and Berlin University (1920-27). 

One of the most celebrated names in the social, cultural and religious life of Assam in the last century, Late Sri Sri Pitambar Deva Gadmuriya Sattradhikar Goswami of Majuli, the riverine island of the mighty Brahmaputra, was a personality of rare vision and commitment, dedication and erudition. Born on June 10, 1885 in the Saru Gadmur Sattra, Majuli, to the late Chitrachandra Deva and Durgeswari Devi, young Pitambar was anointed to the monastic order of the Gadmur Sattra and seated as its Deka Sattradhikar at the age of just 6 years. Given to Sanskrit learning under the tutelege of Nityanandadeva Bhagawati Vidyavagish in the Sattra itself, Pitambar Deva was elevated as the Sattradhikar of the Gadmur Sattra at the age of 21 years, after the passing away of Sri Sri Jogachandra Deva Sattradhikar Goswami. Continuing with the Sanskrit studies in a wider range covering grammar and literature, philosophy, religion and theology, he also took to self-teaching of English and modern Assamese literature. Also, Pitambar Deva learnt Ayurveda as well as took lessons in classical music both vocal and instrumental (Sitar, Violin and Harmonium), inviting experts from Calcutta to the Sattra, along with the traditional Sattriya music from senior Sattra exponents.

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