Hemchandra Barua

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Hemchandra Barua
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Born 1836
Sibsagar District, Assam
Died 1897
Language Assamese
Nationality Indian
Notable work(s) Hemkosh

Hemchandra Barua (Assamese: হেমচন্দ্ৰ বৰুৱা; Hêmsôndrô Boruwa), also known as Hem Barua was a prominent writer, social reformer of Assamese of the 19th century. He hailed from Sibsagar District of Assam. His father was Muktaram Barua.

Literacy Works[edit]

He was the compiler of first exhaustive Assamese dictionary Hemkosh, where spellings based on Sanskrit was first introduced. It was the second dictionary of Assamese language.[1] It was published in 1900 after his death under the supervision of Capt. P. R. Gordon, ISC and Hemchandra Goswami.

Some of his other works are listed below:[2]

  • 'Axomiya Byakaran'(Assamese grammar) (অসমীয়া ব্যাকৰণ) published in 1859.
  • 'Adipath' (আদিপাঠ) (1873)
  • 'Pathmala' (পাঠ-মালা) (1882)
  • 'Axomiya loraar byakaran' (Grammar for Assamese children) (অসমীয়া ল’ৰাৰ ব্যাকৰণ) (1886). All the above four books were accepted as text books to school and also awarded by the British Government.
  • 'Porhaxaliya Abhidhaan' (School Dictionary) (পঢ়াশলীয়া অভিধান) (1892).
  • 'Bahire rong song, bhitore kuwabhaturi', (বাহিৰে ৰংচং ভিতৰে কোৱাভাতুৰী)
  • 'Kaniyar Kirtan' (কানীয়াৰ কীৰ্ত্তন) (1861)
  • 'Way to health' (স্বাস্থ্য ৰক্ষা বা গা ভালে ৰাখিবৰ উপায়) (translated)
  • 'Assamese Marriage System'[3]

He was also an editor of 'Assam News' published from Gauhati (1883 - 1885).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sarma, Anjali (1990), Among the luminaries in Assam: a study of Assamese biography, Mittal Publications, p. 118, ISBN 978-81-7099-207-3 
  2. ^ "Hemchandra Barua - First Assamese Dictionary Hemkosh". Onlinesivasagar.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  3. ^ "RCILTS, IIT Guwahati". Iitg.ernet.in. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 

External links[edit]

  • Hemkosh at journals.cambridge.org.