A teacher, novelist, short-story writer and film director, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia, was born on 20th February, 1932 at Nagaon district of Assam. Bhabendra Nath Saikia was born on 20 February, 1932 at Nagaon town. He is recognized as one of the top ranking writers of Assam.
Dr. Saikia edited an Assamese monthly magazine, ‘Pranthik’ and a children’s magazine, ‘Xaphura’. Moreover, many stories written by him have been translated into different languages. He too wrote a large of plays for All India Radio(AIR), Mobile Theatre of Assam, and a number of one-act plays. The plays Kolahal, Durbhiksha and Itihaas were taken up by the AIR as national playsand among this the ‘Kolahal’ was selected for broadcast from foreign centres.
Dr. Saikia has directed eight films, which have been screened at International Film Festivals held at various places. Seven out of Eight films have been selected for Indian Panorama Section of the International Film Festival of India and won National awards for each of his seven Assamese films. He used the money received from the Assam Valley Literary award to establish the Aarohan Trust in Guwahati to provide free training to poor children interested in art, theatre and music.
He won many awards for his prolific literature, including Sahitya Academy (1976), Assam Publication Board Award (1973), Srimanta Sankardeva Award (1998), Padma Shri (2001) and many other. Dr. Saikia was also honoured posthumously with the naming of the Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia Cultural Award, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia Road, in Guwahati, Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia children’s amusement park at the Sri. Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati and Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia Library at Sri. Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
This legendary individual died on 13th August, 2003.