Krishna Priya Hazarika was the wife of lawyer Radha Nath Hazarika. She was
born in the year 1919 and spent her childhood in Kakojan town of Jorhat.
Mrs. Hazarika’s parents were Mahendra Dutta and Bimala Dutta. Her primary
Education was started at a very tender age and she was shining example of
brilliance and sheer intelligence. However, despise her command over
studies; she had to face challenges with her high school studies. At that
time, Indian society under the influence of a strict social dogmas
regarded education for women as a taboo. As a result even after excelling
in a few classes from English 'Medium School, her educational life stopped
after she had studied a few classes of English Medium, but not for long.
As they say ‘Where there is a will there is a way,
"Mrs. Hazarika proved it to the dot. With utmost dedication and mending
quest for knowledge, she could surpass the hurdles posed by the lack of
formal Education and mastered various subjects, including Sanskrit. The
fact that she was guided by eminent personalities from an early age had
benefited her tremendously She explored the world of creative writing
under the guidance of her elder brother Gun Govind Dutta. Likewise she was
being constantly pushed to her limits by Bihagi poet Raghu Nath Choudhury.
She was also privileged to have the great Kuladhar Chetia closer to her
home. Such great souls helped to broaden her views. She was infected by
the writing bug at such an age when other children of her age were busy
playing ‘hide & Seek’. Krishna Priya delivered some amazing literary piece
which got rare reviews. A huge number of pieces Women Writers of Assam (Vol-Il)
are yet to be published. In 1977 her poem ‘Tumi Aparajeo’ got published in
the 5"‘Sovenir, Lekhika. Mrs. Sheela Borthakur and Mrs. Mrinali Chetia
were the joint editors of that edition.
A translated version of the poem is given below:-
You are not this day
Strange not quite new
You are as old as
The earth is
You are occupying your desirable
Since then in the presence of sun and moon
Same flower and fruit of a tree
Don’t make mistake of the two branches
Some strength is in the lady
You posses a kind hearted heart
Your sacrifice is much more important than that.
(You are invisible)
Another Stanza –
You are invisible
Prayed by the people of the whole world
You are mother, maid and hostess
Weaver and server you are omnipotent
You are earth
You are the creator of all
You are invisible and mysterious
Lakhika 3"‘year, Sd' edition, 1979)
Among all the books of poems published by her Jeewan ]yoti
is rhyming poems.
A collection of stories ‘ Monor Bhag’ provides a hint
of religious knowledge to the Indian Women. ‘Bir Hanumana’ is a book for
children. Her book ‘Sonali Shaisob’ is wonderful children Women Writers of
Novel with fortyone pages. It is a roller coaster ride with various
Iuldren related topics. This book is very lucid in details and animated
writings in order to entertain the young minds.
Amar Deshvar Sadhu’ is an absorbing children book of 45
pages. This book comprises four tales. ‘Sokhi, Santan’, ‘Bai -Bhoni’, 'Bawna’.
Each of these tales has a supernatural element. The story ‘Sokhi’ shows
how one friend shares the other friend. The story ‘Santosh’ proves that a
childless person can adopt and love an unknown child as if it’s his own.
How jealousy separates people in shown in ‘Bai- Bhoni.’ ‘Bawna’ is another
example to support the fact that brain is mightier than the Zbitrno
Nirvorota’ is one of the latest books of children party. Decorated with
sweet stanza mul rhymes, this book will surely tinfilfate the young minds.
Krishnapriya felt the lack of children literature and
for this mason she worked towards it. She understood what children want
and succeeded. Her unpublished works include, ‘Rambhokto numan’, ‘Brajor
Gopini’, ‘Shardhahjali’, ‘Sidhidata Ganesh’, 'llhutoloi Bhoi’ which are
children literature. ‘Malabika’, ‘Brajor (iupini’, ‘Sonapur’ or ‘Sawpan’
are novels. Many a great personalities have praised her work on Brajor
Gopini. According to her it is one of the most special novels. This novel
shows lmw and why the milkrnaid Gopini would go crazy after Shree Krishna.
According to her the milkmaids would fall for him and nut the other way
Shardhanjali is dedicated to the great personalities of
Assam. It is an insight to the talents and works of the personalities of
the ycntcr years. She also published a monthly magazine named 'Kalyaneef
She worked with utmost care and made ‘Kalyanee’ complete and beautiful
magazine, however, after 3 years of handwork the publication had to be
halted due to the scarcity of funds. She was deeply hurt at the
indifferent attitude of the readers Women Writers of Assam (Vol-II)
towards this complete women’s’ magazine. Editing a magazine is a huge
responsibility and grueling work, and she was brave to accept this
Krishna priya was related with innumerable
socio-cultural programmers all around Jorhat. She was associated with
Sadou Axom Lekhika Samaroh’ from the time of its birth in 1997. She
donated a pair of high end sewing machines towards Jorhat Mahila Sammittee.
In the company of Charu Bharali, Malavika Goswami and the wife of late
Kuladhar Chaliha, she implemented numerous constructive ideas, which
include establishment of a women’s association. She added colors to the
editor’s post of ‘Kalyan Sangha’ and proved her mettle as the president of
the Jorhat Mahila Sangha. Till now, she is sincerely associated with quite
a few associations.
She was the only child of her family and she was a
multi faceted personality. She was an expert in knitting, weaving and
various handicrafts. She used to wear self made clothes only. Even at the
time of the rise of the synthetic fabrics and when the cost of Paat and
Muga was sky high, she always donned the humble Assamese ‘Riha’. The
floral works on the chardoa, she wore, were second to none. The qualities
and talents she was bestowed with were so great yet humble that she was a
symbol of serenity and beauty of Women.
Krishna Priya was not only an influential writer but
also a responsible housewife and mother. She not only kept her family
rooted, but also imparted proper education to her children. Her eldest
daughters Dr. Minati Hazarika, Shri Arati Hazarika and the son Shri Gokul
Hazarika made commendable contributions to the Assamese literature.
For man, there is no substitute to write in order to
self- express’ The was a famous saying by Krishnapriya. Amidst all the
social and family ties and trouble, she lead by example, she used her pen
as her sword to fight against injustice. 'Though she expressed her
feelings through books, however a large number of her books are yet to see
the light of the day. The books those published, swiped the minds of the
She is also a great orator. Because of her thought
provoking speech, she is an inseparable patt of all the meetings held in
Jorhat, holding multi spectrum positions, from guest lectures to the
Juggling her busy schedule with her personal life, this
multi- faceted lady is seventy years old at present. She looks a bit tired
at the eve of her life unlike before, she can not speak at the eve of her
life unlike before.
The question is whether this Warrior woman who overcame
the fights of life with her selfless service, efficiency, love and respect
will lose her battle with time. Only time will tell.