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Tabu Taid: A multifaceted literary genius
Staff Reporter

Mourners throng the residence of eminent educationist and administrator Tabu Ram Taid who passed away in Guwahati on Saturday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Prof Tabu Ram Taid who passed away this morning has left behind a rich legacy in the form of his literary works in diverse genres.

Apart from the first dictionary in the Mising language compiled by Prof Taid, his other works include three research papers on the Mising language published in the reputed international journal Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Banikanta Kakati, the Man and his Works (compiled and edited jointly with Prof Ranjit Kumar Dev Goswami), 1987, published by Publication Board, Assam; Poman Moman (a book of rhymes for children in the Mising language published by Assam State Textbook Production and Publication in 1984; Mising Bhaxar Banan Paddhati, a small volume on the Mising orthographic system (published by Mising Sahitya Sabha in 1984); Ekunki Nibondho, a collection of selected articles in Assamese (published by Mising Sahitya Sabha in 2007); Glimpses, a collection of articles in English (published by Mising Sahitya Sabha in 2007); Mising Folk Tales (published by Sahitya Akademi in 2013); An Introduction to Mising Phonology and Grammar (published in 2016 by Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art and Culture); Mising Gomlam-Potin (a grammar of the Mising language written in Mising published by Mising Agom Kébang in 2017); and The Scheduled Tribes of Assam (published by the Directorate of Information Public Relations in 2017).

Prof Taid imparted radio lessons on the English language for school students as well as teachers at AIR, Guwahati. He also directed the first and the only long-playing album of Mising songs, produced by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam, which includes lyrics, musical compositions and a solo performance by the director of the album. He also sang a self-composed duet for the long-playing album Bare Boroniya Oxom produced by Faculty High School, Guwahati.

Prof Taid wrote the script for Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s tele-film Miri Jiyori, which, incidentally, was Dr Hazarika’s last work as a filmmaker.

He was the recipient of several awards and honours including Agom Migang (somewhat equivalent to Asam Sahitya Sabha’s ‘Bhashacharyya’) conferred by Mising Sahitya Sabha in 2007; Bhasha Samman Award, 2010 given by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi; Sukapha Award, 2011 by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam; Basudev Jalan Award, 2012 by Asam Sahitya Sabha. He was one of the recipients of the Oxom Shreshtho, 2015 Award (Shiksha), given by The Telegraph (in collaboration with the LIC).

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