Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Dr Kali Prasad Sinha: a tribute

By Dilip Sinha

A prominent academician of the North-East, Prof Kali Prasad Sinha died on June 2 at 5.10 pm at Divyashram, East Kachudharam near Silchar. Prof Sinha was born on January 3, 1937 in a small village called East Kachudharam, Silchar. Well-known all over India and abroad for his sterling contributions to Philosophy, Indology and linguistics, he has more than 30 books published reputed publishers of India. KP Sinha was an exponent of Bishnupriya Manipuri Linguistics. His contribution to Linguistics, Socio-linguistic studies and literature concretised the foundation of Bishnupriya Manipuri language and literature.

He was a student of world famous Linguistic Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee. He did his Ph.D on The Bishnupriya Manipuri Language studies from Jadavpur University and D Litt from Bardhawan University, West Bengal. He started his career as a lecturer in Cachar College, Silchar and subsequently joined as a Reader in the Department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University. Thereafter he joined Tripura University as a Professor and ultimately worked in Assam University, Silchar as a Professor and a Dean. He was a bachelor and devoted his whole life to research. He had a huge personal library, mainly on Philosophy and Indology.

He is credited with writing a complete series of books on Indian Philosophy in Assamese language, which, however, are yet to be published. He established a centre of studies, Divyashram, at East Kachudharam, Silchar.

In his death, the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri community has lost a devoted academician, a social reformer and a visionary. May the Almighty grant eternal peace to his departed soul.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune
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