Chandan Suklabaidya Silchar, Assam
Chandan Suklabaidya is Assistant Teacher of Biology at the Town High School in Silchar, Assam. He has conducted extensive fieldwork studies on Hmar, Ao and Ahom villages and on the tea garden diaspora of Assam. He is currently in the process of collating these field notes into two manuscripts entitled Autobiography of Hmarkhawlien: A First Person Essay and Ahom Death Rituals: Observations on Select Villages of Upper Assam. He has presented papers on the subjects in national and international conferences. A Dalit activist, he has written a volume of poems and collected oral literature from the untouchables in Assam’s southern districts. A nature lover, he has also discovered tree fossils in Lakhipur and the North Cachar Hills.