Bhabananda Deka

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Bhabananda Deka
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Bhabananda Deka
Born Bhabananda Deka
(1929-08-19)19 August 1929
Assam, India
Died 4 December 2006(2006-12-04)
Occupation Economist, author, educationist, litterateur, heritage scholar
Years active 1943–2006
Spouse(s) Nalini Prava Deka
Children Ankur Deka, Arnab Jan Deka, Jim Ankan Deka

Prof Bhabananda Deka (Assamese:ভৱানন্দ ডেকা) (1929–2006), is a multi-faceted writer of one hundred twelve books, textbooks on economics, literature and political science, and articles from Assam, a state in the north-eastern part of India.[1] He pioneered the writing of books on Economics in Assamese.[2] His Assamese book on Assam Economics was published for the first time in 1961.


Early Life and education[edit]

Prof Bhabananda Deka was born to Late Baliram Pathak and Late Sayatri Bala Pathak at Byaskuchi Satra, Barpeta sub division of undivided Kamrup district, Assam. He completed his graduation in Economics in 1954 and did his post graduation in Economics from Gauhati University in 1957. After his post graduation, he went to his hometown and worked for Bhattadeb Milan Samiti as a secretary and was instrumental behind the building of the first Library (Bhattadev Puthivoral) in Byaskuchi.


On 1 September 1958 Prof. Bhabananda Deka joined Pragjyotish College in the Economics Department as a Professor. He was retired as Principal of Pragjyotish College in 1992. He was the Founder Principal of Bapuji College in Sarthebari.[3] While he was working for Pragjyotish College, he took leave for a year and worked as a Senior Research Officer in the Language Unit of Union Public Service Commission, Delhi. He also worked as Principal of 4 (four) other Graduate and Post Graduate Colleges spread over the entire state of Assam in India, and brought access to the higher education closer to the toiling millions of underprivileged people in India,.

He was one of the first Assamese to form Asomiya Sahitya Samaj in Delhi along with Parikshit Hazarika and Upendra Nath Goswami in 1968. They were subservient in the introduction of Assamese Language in MIL Department of Delhi University.

He was highly influenced by Sankari Culture and folk culture heritage & was known for his active participation in setting up Belbari Satra (Vaisnavite Monastery) in Barpeta District. He has written hundreds of articles and books on Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankardeva and Sankari Culture. He translated the Kirtan Ghosa[4] (Poetic works of Srimanta Sankardeva) from Assamese to English.

He was a dynamic member of Asom Sahitya Sabha and was made President of Kamrup Sahitya Sabha in 1982.

He was an active member of numerous organisations and associations.

Editor of journals and magazines[edit]

Bhabananda Deka was the editor of various journals and magazines including Ami (1948), Udaygiri, Rastrajyoti and Gobinda.


He died of old age on 4 December 2006 at his residence in Pub Sarania, Guwahati.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


Deka is a recipient of the Literary Pension (2004) and Literature Grant offered by the Government of Assam.[13]

After his demise, Pragjyotish College of Guwahati, Assam, India, has been organising 'Bhabananda Deka Memorial Lecture' in Guwahati every year.[14][15][16]

Books and articles of Bhabananda Deka[edit]

Text Books in English[edit]

  • Elements of Economics (P.U.) 1963 (Revised every year till 2008)
  • Elements of Political Science (P.U.) 1963 (Revised every year till 2008)
  • Elements of Indian Economics (P.U.) 1963 (Revised every year till 2008)
  • Studies in Economics Theory (Degree)

Other Books in English[edit]

  • Industrialisation of Assam (1961)
  • Element of Civics and Economics
  • Elements of Political Science
  • Economics
  • Foundation Course (Degree)
  • Srimanta Sankardeva (2003)
  • Dimbeswar Neog – Life and Work (1999)
  • Mother Teresa (1996)


  • On the Bank of Jhajhi River
  • Visits to the Mikir Hills
  • Delhi Diary

Articles in English[edit]

  • Khadi Gramodyog (Bombay)
  • Rural Economy of Assam – Gramodyog (1963) (Bombay)
  • Bhakti Ratnakar of Sankardeva (Pragjyotishiya)
  • Guwahati Municipal Corporation
  • A Peep into the Economy of Guwahati (Paura Bichitra) (1978)
  • Economic Condition of the Citizen of Guwahati (Paura Bichitra) (1984)
  • Assam Information (Raijor Batori)
  • Char Economic – Assam Information
  • Need for a Change in Quality of Education (Pragjyotishiya)
  • Sankardeva (Assam Tribune) (1998)
  • Sankardeva as a Social Thinker (PIB)
  • Rangali Bihu – the Spring Festival of Assam (The Northeast Daily) (13 April 2000)
  • Buddha
  • Bargeet (Icon) (2003)
  • Buddhism and its Teaching (Icon) (2004)

Books in Assamese[edit]

  • Raghuvamsa (story, adaption) (1971)
  • Punyabhoomi Asom (essays) (1973)
  • Bhaorather Bamsa Aru Baliram Pathakar Jivan Kriti (1986)
  • Amrit Putra Dhruva (play) (1987)
  • Sri Sri Damodar Dev (biography) (1989)
  • Bhattadev (ভট্টদেৱ) (biography) (1989)
  • Manimugdha (poetry) (1992)
  • Prachin Asomiya Bhakti Sahitya Aru Dhammapada (1992)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prof. Bhabananda Deka – a Custodian of Sankari Culture
  2. ^ "The Sentinel". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Bhabananda Deka Memorial Lecture,
  4. ^ "The Sentinel". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  5. ^ TI Trade (15 December 2009). "The Assam Tribune Online". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Assamese Writer – Prof Bhabananda Deka". Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Assam Portal (2 November 2008). "A site on Laureate Bhabananda Deka | Assam Portal". Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "India News". NewsCola. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Principal of Pragjyotish College Dead". HighBeam Research, Article from The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  10. ^ TI Trade (19 August 2007). "The Assam Tribune Online". Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  11. ^ TI Trade (11 December 2007). "The Assam Tribune Online". Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  12. ^ Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M – Google Books. Sahitya Akademi. 1999. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  13. ^ Literary Pension for the year 2004 Directorate of Higher Education, Government of Assam
  14. ^ The Assam Tribune (21 December 2010). "Microfinance aiding farmers". Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ The department of economics, Pragjyotish College, organised the 5th Bhabananda Deka memorial lecture at the college premises on December 23., The Telegraph
  16. ^ Microfinance aiding farmers,