Guwahati: The state of Assam has lost one of its prolific senior journalist and writer Aiyushman Dutta to the deadly Coronavirus. He was 35.
Dutta succumbed to COVID-19 at a city hospital on Monday evening due to COVID-19 after a day-long frantic search for a plasma donor and a rare injection.
Despite the best efforts put in by family and friends, plasma could not be arranged on time. His family and friends also tried to arrange the injection by the name – Tocilizumab, but it was not available in Guwahati.
Aiyushman Dutta, the first victim of the coronavirus pandemic from the media fraternity, was the editor of Melange section of The Sentinel newspaper based in Guwahati. He was a specialist in the folk and cultural traditions of Northeast India.
He was also the founder and curator of the Guwahati International Music Festival. Dutta contributed immensely as a cultural journalist and activist of the state.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal extended his condolences to the bereaved family and friends. Taking to Twitter he wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the untimely demise of young journalist Aiyushman Dutta. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and wish them well.”
Dutta also directed several docu-features on folk traditions and life and culture in the Northeast. His published works include a coffee table book on music, dance, and culture of the Northeast, a coffee table book on the Hornbill festival and food trail.
Meanwhile, the Guwahati Press Club has also expressed grief and extended condolences over the demise of Aiyushman Dutta.