Benichandra Jamatia
Born1930 (1930)
Tripura (princely state), British India
Died14 December 2020(2020-12-14) (aged 89–90)
Udaipur, Tripura[1]
OccupationWriter, Baul Singer
Notable worksDormo Lam bay Kok Borok Baul(English:The path of Dharma and Kok Borok devotional songs)
Notable awardsPadma Shri(2020)
SpouseDurgamati Jamatia

Benichandra Jamatia (1930 – 14 December 2020)[2][3] was a Tripuri Indian folk writer and litterateur, known for his contribution to the fields of literature, songs and education in Tripura. He is credited with introducing the baul singing tradition of West Bengal in Kokborok language for the first time.[4] In 2020, he was awarded the Padma Shri (2020), the fourth-highest civilian award in India.[5][6][7][8][9] He died at his home on 14 December 2020.[1][2]


Benichandra Jamatia was born to Padasingh Jamatia and Suchitra in Maharani, Gomati District, Tripura. While he was young, his mother narrated the Puranas stories to him in the Kokborok tongue. His days were taken up by farming and cattle rearing.

He was married to Durgamati Jamatia and has nine children.[4]

Jamatia died on 14 December 2020[10][11]


See also


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  3. ^ Bhattacharjee, Biswendu (15 December 2020). "Tripura litterateur Beni Chandra Jamatia dies | Agartala News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
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  6. ^ "Padma Awards 2020". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  7. ^ "MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS PRESS NOTE" (PDF). The Hindu. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes given Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Here's full list of Padma award recipients". The Economic Times. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Padma Shri for Beni Chandra Jamatia of Tripura". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  10. ^ Tripura tribal litterateur Padma Shri Beni Chandra Jamatia passes away
  11. ^ Momin, Gabriel G. "Tripura: Padma Shri awardee Beni Chandra Jamatia passes away". The Northeast Today. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Tripura pride picked for Padma Award again". Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Tribal leaders failed to felicitate Benichandra Jamatia: Tripura CM". Retrieved 20 June 2020.