Dr Anamika Ray hailed from Santinketan, West Bengal but in course of time she soaked herself wholeheartedly into the Assamese culture. After completing her post graduate studies from Visva Bharati (a Central University established by Rabindranath Tagore) she came to Guwahati for the first time in 2005 to pursue her research on traditional communication methods among the Karbis of Karbi Anglong and Kamrup. In 2010 she achieved her Doctoral degree from the prestigious Visva Bharati and that most certainly was her very first contribution to Assamese life. Dr Ray had huge number of research papers to her credit on different aspects of mass communication published in several international journals and some fifty papers she had read in various national and international seminars. Collaborating with her husband Dr Ankuran Dutta she wrote two books for the Mass Communication students in Assamese titled Janasamparka (2008) and Bijnapon (2010) both of which were published by Bina Library. Dr Ray had translated a book on science communication into Assamese and Bengali during the period 2008-09.
The most impressive aspect about Dr Ray was her personality and the intensity with which she loved the Assamese language and culture. She mastered the Assamese language in no time and started writing valuable articles and books. She was a regular contributor to Employment News, The Assam Tribune, The Sentinel and so on. The kind of sincerity and responsibility that she felt for the Assamese language and culture led her to translating four books of Assamese literature into Bengali in an attempt to disseminate the sheer beauty of Assamese literature. She translated Kanchan Baruah’s much loved novel Asimat Jaar Heral Sima, Mrinal Talukdar’s 1962 into Bengali, both these two works are on its way to be published. Moreover, she completed translating Lakshminath Bezbarua’s autobiography Mor Jiwon Xowaran and Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s autobiography Moi Eti Jajabor she had planned to complete by the end of July 2015. Dr Ray was engaged in more than ten projects at the same time. Dr Ray was a dedicated educator with a noble heart. There have been numerous instances when she even helped students financially. For an orphanage at Jalukbari, Guwahati she took entire responsibilities to teach the students English so much so she engaged one of her own students with a salary from her own pocket.
From June 2006 onwards Dr Ray got herself consistently engaged in media education. She had taught in the Media Study centre of Cotton College, Gauhati University and Sikkim Central University. Her passion, creativity and nobility towards media education in Assam will remain incomparable.
Songs sang by Dr. Anamika: