Jan. 12: Assamese comedian Dina Baishya, 42, died at the Mission Hospital in Jorhat at 12.15pm this afternoon after having suffered a stroke yesterday.
Baishya, originally from Nalbari district, had been living in a rented house in Guwahati. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
The doctor in charge of the Mission Hospital ICU, Sanjib Baruah, said Baishya was suffering from a rheumatic heart and had even undergone treatment at the GMCH’s cardiology unit a month ago.
“He was partially paralysed and comatose owing to a brain stroke when he was brought in around 11.30am yesterday. He was put on ventilation immediately but suffered a cardiac arrest in the evening. He never recovered from the coma and passed away today,” Baruah said.
Baishya was brought to the hospital from Dergaon, where he was part of the Itihaas mobile theatre unit.
His first appearance in an Assamese film was in Moharathi (1999) directed by Bani Das, followed by Mon, Koina Mor Dhunia and Xoru Bowari. He also acted in several TV serials as well as mobile theatre houses like Itihash and Xutradhar.
Director Naren Patgiri said Baishya’s first play at Rabindra Bhawan was Kajirongar Mel. “Later, he acted in a short-duration play, Bihu Therapy, under my direction,” he said.