Journalist Chandan Sarmah passes away at 61

Chandan Sarmah
Chandan Sarmah

In a sorrowful turn of events, senior journalist and former Asam Sahitya Sabha secretary Chandan Sarmah breathed his last at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati on December 20. The 61-year-old journalist had been battling stomach cancer for the past year and was undergoing treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. He was brought back to Guwahati on December 20, and due to a worsening condition, he was immediately admitted to the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute.

Chandan Sarmah, a notable figure in Assamese journalism, had a remarkable career, having worked for publications such as The North East Times and The Sentinel. A prolific contributor to various Assamese newspapers and journals, he eventually joined Asam Sahitya Sabha as its secretary. During his tenure with the literary organization, Sarma played a crucial role in translating numerous literary works.

Apart from his contributions to literature, Sarmah was also an accomplished sportsperson, representing Assam in national-level badminton tournaments. As a lifetime member of Surya Club, a socio-cultural organization, he showcased his sporting prowess by representing Assam in the AC Bali All India Inter Media Table Tennis championships on multiple occasions.

Residing in Paltan Bazar, Chandan Sarmah was not only known for his journalistic prowess but also for his role as a film and drama critic. He contributed to several publications and curated national and international film festivals.

Chandan Sarmah is survived by his mother, wife, a daughter, and a son, along with a host of relatives. His demise has been met with deep sorrow and condolences from various organizations, including the All Guwahati Students’ Union, Gauhati Press Club, Assam Sports Journalists Association, and Cotton Collegiate Alumni Association. They collectively express their grief, considering his passing as a significant loss to the state.

The final rites for Chandan Sarmah were conducted at the Nabagraha crematorium on December 20 night, marking the end of an era in Assamese journalism and cultural critique.

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