The mortal remains of eminent litterateur, Gnanpith laureate and peacemaker Indira Goswami, were consigned to the flames on the Nabagraha cremation ground here with full State honours on Wednesday morning.
Thousands of mourners joined the last journey of the litterateur from her Gandhibasti residence to the cremation ground to pay their last respects to the trendsetting novelist and short story writer.
Earlier, Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his wife Dolly Gogoi, and the Council of Ministers placed wreaths on the body of Dr. Goswami. Her niece Mrinmoyee Goswami lit the funeral pyre after a 21-gun salute by the Assam Police.
The government declared a three-day mourning and a holiday on Wednesday as a mark of respect to Dr. Goswami, who passed away at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday, after prolonged illness. She was 69.
Mourners lined up before Dr. Goswami's residence since morning to have a glimpse of her before the funeral procession began.
Leaders of political parties, students and youth organisations, representatives of literary bodies, writers, poets, artist, film and theatre personalities and people from other walks of life attended the funeral and paid homage to her.
Among those attending the funeral were a large number of residents of her ancestral village Amranga in Kamrup district. The Jagalia river of the village has been mentioned in many of her creative works while her novel Dontal Hatir Une Khowda Howda (The Moth Eaten Howdah of a Tusker), is set in Amranga sattra (a Vaishnavite monastery) of the village.
Keywords: Indira Goswami death