Life and Legacy of Dr.Birendranath Datta

Life and Legacy of Dr.Birendranath Datta

Relevance: GS V (Important Personalities)

Academic and Career:

  • Dr. Birendranath Datta, an academician, folklorist, and artiste, had a successful academic career.

  • He secured high positions in matriculation and ISc examinations.

  • He obtained his BA and MA degrees in economics from Visva Bharati University and Gauhati University, respectively.

  • In 1974, he earned a PhD degree from Gauhati University for his thesis on the folk culture of Goalpara district.

Academic Institutions:

  • Dr. Datta served at various academic institutions, including Gauhati University, B Borooah College, and Tezpur University.

  • He also served as the former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha for North Lakhimpur and Hojai Session in 2003 and 2004 respectively  and had been unwell for some time

Artistic Legacy:

  • As an artiste, Dr. Datta regularly performed and produced music programs for  All India Radio.

  • Notable compositions include "Bahudin Bokular Gondh Poa Nai" and "Rohimola Uronir Majere."

Notable Works:

  • "Cultural Contours of North-East India" (published by Oxford University Press).

  • "Puppetry in Assam: Past and Present."

  • "Goalpariya Loka-Geet Sangrah."

  • "Asamiya Sangitar Aitihya."

  • "Bhasha Sahityar Jalangaidi."

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