Veteran theatre personality Ratna Ojha Credit: File image

Guwahati: Veteran cultural activist, writer, dramatist and actor Ratna Ojha breathed his last at his residence in Guwahati, Assam at 1 am on Tuesday following a brief illness. He was 89.

Honoured with the prestigious Natyasurya Award in 2005 for his significant contributions in the field of theatre, Ojha was popular among the masses for introducing street plays in Assam with a skit called Kokaideo in 1971. Apart from the highly-acclaimed trilogy — Gobhor, Urbor and Kobor, produced by his theatre troupe Gobhor Natyagosthi — Ojha introduced cartoon theatre in the entire Northeast region.

Ojha was also the former vice-chairman of Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided to give full state honours to the departed soul.

People from different sections of society have already conveyed their condolences following Ojha’s death.

Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal; Assam finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma; state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass; press adviser to chief minister of Assam Hrishikesh Goswami; Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) have condoled the demise of the eminent cultural personality of the state.

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