Padma Shri Beni Chandra Jamatia

Agartala: Tripura’s renowned folk writer and litterateur Padma Shri, Beni Chandra Jamatia breathed his last at his ancestral house in Maharani in Gomati district in the wee hours on Monday.

Born in 1933, Jamatia was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of literature and education. The fourth highest civilian award of India after the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan was conferred upon Jamatia on the 71st Republic Day this year.

He is also the father-in-law of former Tripura minister Nagendra Jamatia.

Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb took to social media handle and wrote a condolence message, “I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Shri Beni Chandra Jamatia ji, the pride of Tripura, honored with the Padma Shri.

I wish peace to his disembodied soul. I extend my deepest condolences to his family. He will forever shine in the hearts of the people of Tripura through his creation. Om Shanti,” he wrote.

“He was a self-taught person and even though he did not had the exposure to the formal education but, his parents taught him at home about the Puranas by narrating it in Kokborok language to him,” his grandson Kahamnuk Jamatia said.

Jamatia’s book — Dormo Lam bay Kok Borok Baul — was published by Kokborok Sahitya Sabha Karimani in 1992, which was also translated into English — The Path of Dharma and Kok Borok Devotional Songs.

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