Tea doyen Hemen Barooah passes away in Bangkok.

by - 11:23 AM

GUWAHATI, July 31 – Hemendra Prasad
Barooah, the doyen of the State’s tea industry
is no more. According to senior journalist
Wasbir Hussain, who authored the biography
of Barooah, the tea planter had gone to
Bangkok on July 27 for a medical check-up.
Today around 2 pm Bangkok time, he returned
to his hotel from the hospital and when he
was taking his lunch he suddenly felt
uncomfortable and despite the best efforts of
the doctors of the hospital which was
conducting the medical check-up, Barooah
breathed his last around 3-30 pm Bangkok
Hussain said the senior executives of
Barooah’s company will rush to Bangkok
tonight and after consulting the members of
his family, would arrive at a decision on where
to bring the last remains of Barooah.
Abhijit Sarma, a former chairman of the
Assam Tea Planters’ Association (ATPA) said
Barooah was 86.
According to Sarma, Barooah was
accompanied by one of his nieces in his
journey to Bangkok. Barooah leaves behind
two daughters and a host of relatives.
A Harvard University alumnus, Barooah set up
a corporate house Barooah and Associates
with its headquarter in Kolkata. He was a
chairman of the Indian Tea Association (ITA).
The ITA got itself involved in the construction
of the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts
at Machkhowa in the city during his tenure as
its chairman.
Barooah was also a founder of the Assam Tea
Brokers Pvt Ltd, the first tea broking house of
the State.
He was also a chairman of the Bengal
Chamber of Commerce and founder and
chairman of the Kaziranga Golf Resort.
Barooah is also known for his involvement in
cultural activities and as an art connoisseur.
He produced the Hindi feature film Ek Pal
directed by Kalpana Lajmi. Dr Bhupen Hazarika
scored the music for the film, Sarma said.
Wasbir Hussain said Barooah also collected
600 paintings of doyens like M F Hussain.
Barooah was honoured by the Central
Government with the Padmashree this year.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while condoling
the death of Barooah, described him as a
distinguished industrialist. His death is an
irreparable loss to society, said the Chief
Asom Gana Parishad president Prafulla Kumar
Mahanta has condoled the death of Barooah
as a great loss to the society.
State BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal also
mourned the death of Barooah.
North Eastern Tea Association chairman
Bidyananda Barkakoty mourned the death of
Barooah. Barooah will, however, continue to
inspire those involved in State’s tea industry
and would remain icon of the industry.
Abhijit Sarma, past chairman of the ATPA
deeply mourned the death of Barooah and
said the State’s tea industry has lost a leader
with his death. Wasbir Hussain described
Barooah as a multi-faceted personality and for
him the tea business was not the only passion.
He was a social and cultural ambassador of
Assam, because of his immense interest in art,
culture and music of the State. It will be
difficult to fill the void, he added.
Gautam Prasad Barooah, retired tea executive
and a close associate of Barooah described his
demise as a big loss to Assam. He said that
Barooah worked silently for development of
the State in various spheres like industry,
culture and films.
Assam Tribune Online

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