Bhabendranath Saikia: Condolence Messsages from AANA, AFNA, ASA and ASSNA

Assam Association of North America
Assam Association of North America joins the Assamese residents of USA and
Canada in expressing our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the
bereaved family,friends and people of Assam upon the untimely death of
Dr.Bhabendra Nath Saikia, a great son of Assam and doyen of Assamese
literature and culture.May his soul rest in peace.
On August 17th,2003 in a meeting arranged by Assam Sahitya Sabha North America in
Bridgewater New Jersey AANA joined all other Assamese organizations in USA
to pay our respect to late Dr. Saikia and convey our heartfelt sympathy to
the bereaved family and friends. Mr.Bimal Rajbanshi spoke about late
Dr.Saikia,his multifaceted talents,achievements and his great contributions
to Assamese literature,culture and social upliftment.
The meeting was concluded by observing a minute of silence and prayer for
the departed soul.

Kamna Das, VP, AANA
Mahesh Kalita, President, AANA
Princeton, New Jersey

Assam Foundation of North America
We are deeply grievened by the sad news of the demise of Dr. Bhabendranath Saikia.
It goes without saying that Dr. Saikia was one of the worthiest sons of Assam. In a
sense, he was a true literary and cultural ambassador from Assam with illustrious
examples of sucess. He did not work for awards and titles; but all came to him. He
was a silent achiever - promoting, fostering and cultivating creativity not only in
Assam but also nationwide and worldwide. He will live forever in his creations, in
his contributions to the society and in every individual who is inspired by his work
and his ideals.

Lately we had been in close contact with his family in regards to the Aarohan
project of his Children's Welfare Trust. We had been working on a fund-raising drive
and have collected more than a lakh of Rupees so far. We wanted to personally
deliver our donations to him. But he left us before we could do that. We will keep
our promise and try to do our best for this project which was so close to his heart.

We join all Assamese organizations in North America in expressing our sincere
condolences to the bereaved family. We share the sorrow with all our assamese
brethren and offer our tributes to Late Dr. Bhabendranath Saikia - one of the
greatest Assamese of all times. May his noble soul rest in eternal peace!

Krishanu Kaushik
President, Assam Foundation of North America
Detroit, Michigan

Assam Society of America
Dear Raiz:

Assam Society of America (ASA) deeply mourns the death of Dr.
Bhabendranath Saikia, one of the greatest sons of Assam of the 20th and
21st centuries. He was a prolific author and artist
although his formal training was in nuclear physics. Dr. Saikia's
novels, short stories, and editorials highlighted mundane events and
processes of daily life that he made remarkable with his valuable
insight powered by the lucidity and simplicity of his language. He
created many Assamese movies that illustrated and scrutinized Assam's
societal and cultural norms, and presented them to the critical world
receiving great acclaim in return. ASA joins all Assamese organizations
in North America: Assam Association of North America, Assam Xahitya
Xabha (North America), Assam Foundation of North America, and UAONA, in
expressing its sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of
the late Dr. Saikia. May his soul rest in peace!

Mantu C Baishya
Assam Society of America
Omaha, Nebraska

Axom Xahitya Xabha (North America)
Message from Bimal Rajbanshi, New York, New York.

Compiled by Jugal Kalita, 8/22/03