Litteraterur, historian, author and teacher, Dr. Birinchi Kumar Barua (1910-1964) received his education from the Calcutta and London Universities. Temples And Legends of Assam
With the establishment of Gauhati Univer- sity in 1948, he joined the Assamese Department as Reader and later became Professor. He also served the University in various other capacities.
He went to U.S.A. in 1963 where he lectured at the Indiana University asVisiting Professor of Indian Folklore. Among his English works may be mentioned-A Cultural History of Assam, Vol I.
Early Geography of Assam, Assamese Literature Sankaradeva-a Vaisnava Saint of Assam etc. In Assamese, his mother tongue, Dr. Barua is one of the foremost writers of novels, short stories and plays.
He has also edited number of old Assamese classics. His work Assamar Lokasamskriti received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1965.