Guwahati: Noted Assamese litterateur and Sahitya Akademi Award recipient Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora passed away at a private hospital on Thursday morning. He was 89.
Known for over 60 books he authored, including award-winning novels Patal Bhairavi and Kayakalpa, Bora was also honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, in 2015.
He served as the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha in 1996-97.
Bora received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1988 for his novel Patal Bhairavi and the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2004. His novel, Kayakalpa, fetched him the Saraswati Samman instituted by the KK Birla Foundation in 2008.
In 2012, Assam Publication Board honoured him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma offered his condolences on the demise of the noted litterateur. Taking to Twitter, the CM said Bora’s contribution to Assamese literature shall be cherished by generations.
The chief minister’s office said Sarma has entrusted industries and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary to attend the cremation of Bora to be conducted with full state honours.