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Noted scribe, writer Pabitra Kr Deka dead
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – Pabitra Kumar Deka, one of the most renowned name in the field of cinema and theatre journalism in Assam, died here today at the GNRC hospital at 9:45 pm after a brief illness. He was 70. Late Deka was admitted at the hospital on December 22 last after he suffered a heart attack early morning that day. It was his second such attack and doctors decided to operate upon his heart. A team of experts performed the operation today, but his condition turned critical and he passed away at 9:45 pm. Doctors said that several of his body organs including the kidneys malfunctioned which resulted in the critical situation.

Born on January 29, 1940 at Hoiborgaon, Nagaon, he did his schooling at his birth place. After matriculation from the Nagaon Government School, he graduated in Commerce stream from Nagaon College.

He joined the Assam Tribune group in early 1960s and worked for several years. He then began writing and editing for magazines like Natun Asomiya, Amar Pratinidhi (edited by Dr Bhupen Hazarika), etc.

A pioneer of cine-journalism in Assam, Deka was the assistant editor of Amar Pratinidhi from 1970 to 1974, and of Samakalin edited by Amulya Barua. He founded the ‘Noksha’ organisation along with the Pragati Silpi Sangha (1971-73), a move that boosted the theatre movement in this part of the country. He also brought out a magazine of the same title that upheld the radical literary movement of that time.

Revered as the ‘living encyclopaedia’ of cinema and theatre world over, late Deka was instrumental in founding Aikyatan Natya Gosthi. He was part and parcel of Cartoon, a magazine edited by noted artist Pulak Gogoi. In 1975, he founded and edited Rupkar, an exclusive magazine on cinema and theatre. He edited it till 1994.

A playwright of repute, he wrote many plays like Thikona, Rajdrohi, Overcoat, Naginir Amrit Dangshan, etc.

He was also a fine actor in stage and films, his two films being Chandra Talukdar’s Jetuki and Jahnu Baruah’s Halodhiya Charaiye Baodhan Khai.

A well-known scriptwriter, Deka wrote screenplays for television serials like Deuta (for Biju Phukan), Tadanta (fro Bidyut Chakrabarty), Rudra (for Munin Barua) and films like Jibon Nadir Duti Paar.

He also excelled as a satire writer, and wrote in various newspaers and magazines including Asam Bani, Amar Pratinidhi, Natun Asomiya, etc. under different pseudonyms. Dhanajayar Diary was his satirical novel. Roseshwar Hazarikar Tokabohi was another of his satirical compilation.

A virtual dictionary as far cinema and theatre are concerned, Deka’s house has become a most sought after archive for the Assamese film and thetare world.

Several people including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, condoled his death. His last rites will be performed at the Nabagraha cremation ground at 9 am tomorrow.