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Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia

Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia's contributions to the creative Assamese world are countless. His works are the true reflection of the assamese society. His realism was able to touch the depth of everyone's heart.

Bhabendra Nath Saikia

Dr. Bhabendranath Saikia

Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia's film

Dr. Saikia in a shoot

Aarohan - Bhabendra Nath Saikia

Dr. Saikia's Dream Project 'Aarohan'

"I cannot make films which are contrary to realism. I have never made such films, nor I would make in future. My cinema depicts true aspects of human life, with possible creative inputs from me, both as a writer and filmmaker." - Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia


Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia was born on February 20, 1932 in Nagaon Town in central Assam . He completed his school education from Nagaon in 1948 with flying colours. He secured his B.Sc. Degree with honors in Physics from Cotton College in 1952, and M.Sc. in Physics from the Presidency College of Calcutta University in 1955 – 1956. He obtained a Ph.D. Degree in Physics in 1961 from the London University . He also obtained a Diploma of Imperial College of Science & Technology (DIC), London in 1961.

Dr. Saikia started his illustrious career as a physics teacher, first at the Sibsagar College and then at the Guwahati University . He did pioneering work in the publication of college level textbooks in the Assamese language during his tenure as Secretary of the Co-ordination Committee for production of textbooks in regional languages. He served as the Chairman of the Railway Service Commission, North East Frontier Railways in the early eighties.

However, it was his literary genius that made Dr. Saikia a household name in Assam . Be it short stories, novels, stage plays or children’s literature Dr. Saikia’s stature in Assamese literature is unparalled. He was the author of twenty nine books as of January, 2001 which also included his autobiography Jivan Britta that he completed in 2000.

Video on Bhabendrnath Saikia's Life

Courtesy - Rashmi Saikia

He received the Sahitya Academy (India) Award in 1976, the Publication Board, Assam, Award in 1973 (Inaugural Year) and the Sahityik Hara Nath Ghosh Medal,1981 given by the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Calcutta, the Assam Valley Literary Award, 1990 (Inaugural Year) institutated by the Magor Education Trust and the Surendra Nath Paul Award for lifetime achievement, awarded by the cha – cha – cha Tea Festival of Calcutta in 1999.

He was honoured with the Srimanta Sankardeva Award, the highest award Instituted by the Government of Assam, for the year 1998, and the Kamal Kumari National Award for the year 2000. In 2001, the Dibrugarh University conferred the Degree of D.Litt, honoris Causa on Dr. Saikia in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the fields of cinema and literature. He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in the same year.

He broke new grounds in the field of journalism in the state while serving as Editor of the children’s magazine Sofura and the Chief Editor of the prestigious fortnightly Magazine Prantik. As an editor of Sofura, Dr. Saikia was intensely invloved with cultural growth and development of children.

Dr. Saikia was an icon in the field of Assamese Cinema. His contribution was instrumental in carrying Assamese Films forward into the global arena. The seven Assamese feature films that Dr. Saikia directed were all awarded the prestigious Rajat Kamal award as the best regional films in India. Besides that, he won the national award for the best screenplay for his films Agnisnaan. His films have been included in the Indian Panorama section of the Indian Film Festival and have been screened at many international film festivals such as Cannes, Montreal, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Nantes, etc..

He was adjudged as one of the "Twenty-one Great Assamese Persons of the twentieth century".

He was instrumental in the conception and development of the Sri Sankardeva Kalakhsetra, Assam and served as its Vice Chairman until August, 2003.

Dr. Saikia was a Member, Sangeet Natak Akademi; Member of the Executive and General Council of Sahitya Akademi; Member, Indian National Council for co-operation with UNESCO; Member, Academic Council, Gauhati University; President of Jyoti Chitraban (Film Studio) Society; Member, Advisory Body, AIR, Guwahati; Chairman, Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Ltd; Member., Governing Body, North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur; Member, Governing Body, East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata; Member of Court of the Gauhati University, Assam; Member, Society of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Member, Board of Trustees, National Book Trust of India.

In later days of his life, Bhabendra Nath Saikia started his dream project 'Aarohan' funded by his own Welfare trust. It is project for the educational, cultural and intellectual development of children. Here is the official website of Aarohan.

Dr. Saikia passed away on August 13, 2003, leaving everyone in a state of sorrow.
Bhabendra Nath Saikia's Films

DVD Collection of five evergreen classics of Dr Bhabendranath Saikia is recently launched as "RETROSPECTIVE OF DR BHABENDRANATH SAIKIA". Find more..

Following sre some of the movies directed by Dr. Saikia

Bhabendra Nath Saikia's Books

Find some of the books written by Dr. Bhandra Nath Saikia. This list is not a complete one.

Antareep - A Novel
Ramyabhumi - A Novel
Akaax - Collection of Short Stories
Xanto Xisto Hristo Pusto Mahadusta - Children's Book - A Play
Moromor Deuta - Children's Novel
Prahari - 1963 - Collection of Short Stories
Gahbar - 1969 - Collection of Short Stories
Xendur - 1970 - Collection of Short Stories
Shrinkhal - 1973 - Collection of Short Stories
Taranga - 1979 - Collection of Short Stories
Ai Bandarar Abeli - Collection of Short Stories
Putola Naas - A Play