Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha
Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha

Celebrating the Legacy of Scholar and Academician Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha

Examining the Life, Contributions, and Enduring Influence of an Eminent Educator

Renowned scholar and academician Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha passed away at the age of 90. He made significant contributions to Assamese literature and culture, serving as a distinguished professor at Gauhati University and later engaging in literary pursuits and legal practice.

Christened as Day of Humanity or Manabatar Din his birthdate is August 20.

Biographical Sketch of Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha

  • Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha, a native of Naharkatia, spent nearly thirty years as a professor in the Assamese department at Gauhati University. 

  • Following his retirement, he assumed leadership roles in cultural and literary organisations, notably as the president of the Asom Puthibharal Sangha and as a legal practitioner at the Gauhati High Court.

Literary Contributions of Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha

  • Prof. Chaliha was a luminary in Sankari literature, boasting a rich oeuvre of over 45 books and 300 articles in Assamese, English, and Sanskrit. 

  • His writings encompassed diverse subjects such as Sankardeva Studies, cultural essays, and philosophical treatises, solidifying his reputation as a distinguished scholar.

Community Engagement of Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha

  • Beyond academia, Prof. Chaliha actively participated in various literary and social organisations, holding leadership roles in the Sahitya Sakha and Sahitya Gobesana Parishad of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha. 

  • His dedication earned him recognition from the state government and numerous prestigious awards for his societal contributions.

Legacy and Honors of Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha

  • Prof. Chaliha's impact extended far beyond his academic pursuits. He received accolades like the Srimanta Sankardeva Award in 2020 and literary pensions for his exceptional service to Assamese literature and cultural heritage.

  • He was honoured with the prestigious designation of 'Prajnaratna' professor.

Last Rites and Condolences: Following his demise, Prof. Chaliha's mortal remains were honoured at various institutions, including Gauhati University, Asam Sahitya Sabha, and Srimanta Sankar Namghar, before his cremation. 

In conclusion, Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha's life and work exemplify a profound dedication to scholarship and cultural enrichment, leaving an indelible mark on Assamese literature and academia.

Advait IAS