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B.N. Saikia dead

By Barun Das Gupta

GUWAHATI Aug. 13. Bhabendra Nath Saikia, renowned litterateur and film maker, died in a private hospital here today after a protracted illness. He was 72 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Saikia, a D.Sc. in nuclear physics from the Imperial College, London, was a Reader in physics at the Guwahati University. He was also a short story writer and novelist but turned to film-making in 1976. As a writer, he received the Sahitya Akademi award. The six Assamese films and a Hindi film that he had directed won him many State and National awards, including the President's award.

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