singer Prabhat Sarma died here on Tuesday, family sources
He was 85.
His daughter Tarali Sarma, a National Award winning
singer, said her father woke up at 4:30 am and then went to
sleep after talking to his wife.
"When my aunt came to wake him up at 6 am, he was no
more," she told PTI sitting beside the mortal remains of the
doyen of Assamese folk culture at his home in Ambikagiri Nagar
area of Guwahati.
Sarma is survived by his wife, three daughters and
Expressing grief over Sarma''s demise, Assam Chief
Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, it is an irreparable loss to
the cultural arena of the state.
Political parties and several organisations also
condoled the death of the leading musician.
Recipient of innumerable honours, the flutist had
received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 for his
contribution to folk and traditional music of Assam.
Sarma who had a collection of musical instruments,
including a few that are now obsolete, built a museum in a
miniature form, and later gave life to the obscure instruments
by conducting orchestras with them.
He was associated with several films as a music
director, besides composing the background score of a number
of TV serials and stage plays.
A folk singer of repute, Sarma was also engaged in
research of Sattriya dance, a classical form innovated by
Srimanta Sankardeva in Assam.
Distinguished personalities, including Sattriya dance
guru Jatin Goswami, folk singer Loknath Goswami and lyricist
Prasanta Bordoloi, visited Sarma''s house and paid floral
The last rites of Sarma will be performed at the
Nabagraha crematorium in the evening. Before that, his body
will be taken to Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, All India
Radio office, Rabindra Bhawan, Asam Sahitya Sabha and Shahid
Bhawan of AASU. PTI TR