Veteran sports photojournalist Tarani Kanta Barman passed away at a hospital in Guwahati on February 22. He was 80.
Barman was one of the senior-most sports photojournalist of the state who was covering sports since the 1960s. Barman’s memorable photographs of the Bordoloi Trophy were very popular.
In a condolence message, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi said that Tarani Kanta Barman has had tremendous contributions to popularize sports photo journalism in Assam. “His determination, grit and demeanour have earned him a different name in the field of sports photography. His role to the growth of visual culture of the state would be remembered by the posterity,” the statement said.
Stating that Barman’s death creates a void in the field of sports photojournalism, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “I am deeply pained by the news of the demise of photojournalist Tarani Kanta Barman who created a niche of himself in field of sports photography. Late Tarani Kanta Barman was an established name in the sports photojournalism who gave altogether a different aura to the genre of photojournalism. His death would definitely create a void which would be difficult to fulfill.”
Barman was popular among the sporting fraternity in the region. He was closely associated with several leading organisations like Maharana Athletic Club, Guwahati Sports Association (GSA), Assam Football Association (AFA), Assam Olympic Association (AOA), Abhiruchi Sports Day, among others. He was a founder member of the Assam Sports Journalists Association (ASJA) which had organised an exhibition of his work.
“His (Barman’s) photographic work as a documentary sports photographer covering different sports events actually created the visual history of Assam’s sports which is a landmark in Northeast India’s sports photography as well,” said a statement released by Assam Photojournalist Association (APA).
Barman’s death was mourned by several organisations including ASJA, Assam Sepak Takraw Association, AFA, AOA, GSA, Assam Kho-kho Association, among others.