Eminent Assam litterateur Atulananda Goswami dies at 87
Sahitya Akademi Award-winning litterateur Atulananda Goswami

Guwahati: Sahitya Akademi Award-winning litterateur Atulananda Goswami, known for his novels and short stories, died at a hospital in Guwahati on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 87.

Goswami was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for about 10 days, where he breathed his last on Wednesday morning.

The deceased author’s daughter said, “We had taken him to GMCH as he was running fever. He was immediately admitted to the ICU. He was suffering from dementia for several years. He later developed sepsis.”

His last rites were performed by his son at the Navagraha crematorium here.

Goswami’s wife had predeceased him and he leaves behind his children, grandchildren and a host of relatives, and admirers.

Widely known for his novel ‘Namghoria’ written in the early 1990’s, Goswami received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for his short story collection, ‘Seneh Jarir Ganthi’.

He was also bestowed the Ambikagiri Roy Choudhury Sahitya Award, the Kumar Kishor Memorial Award, the Katha Award and the Sneha Bharati Sahitya Samman, among other honours. Goswami also translated many English, Bengali, and Odia texts to Assamese.

A native of Jorhat district, he had retired as a state government officer and settled in Guwahati.

Condoling the death of the writer, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “The news of the passing away of prominent litterateur Atulananda Goswami has deeply saddened me.”

“We will forever cherish his contribution to the literary as well as the social life of Assam,” he added, offering his condolences to the bereaved family, praying for eternal peace of the departed soul.

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