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Eminent Assamese musician, flute player Prabhat Sarma dies

Eminent Assamese musician, flute player Prabhat Sarma dies
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Guwahati, Mar 2 (PTI) Renowned flutist, composer and

singer Prabhat Sarma died here on Tuesday, family sources

said.

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

grandchildren.

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

tributes.

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

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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