Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: Assamese litterateur and editor of the Assamese literary journal, Gariyoshi, Chandra Prasad Saikia, died at a private hospital here on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 80. He is survived by his son and two daughters.

A former president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha, Mr. Saikia won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Maha-Rathi in 1995 for reinterpretation of the Mahabharata and its characters. He was awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award in 2003 for his contributions to Assamese literature. In 2003, he was awarded the Assam Publication Board award for his book Tore More Alokore Yatra.

Saikia began his career as a sub-editor in The Assam Tribune, and went on to edit several Assamese dailies and literary magazines.