Nabakanta Barua (29 December 1926 – 14 July 2002) was a prominent Assamese poet and novelist. He is also known in his pseudonyms as Ekhud Kokaideo and Seema Dutta.
Nabakanta Barua was born in 1926 in Guwahati, Assam. Nilakanta Barua, a school inspector and later teacher was his father and Swarnalata Baruani was his mother.
Nabakanta Barua started his education at a local school and completed his matriculation in 1941. After that, he got admitted to Cotton College, Guwahati. In 1943, he went to Shantiniketan (West Bengal) and took a B.A. degree from there with English honours. In 1953 he took M. A. in English literature from Aligarh Muslim University.
After taking his M.A. he taught at A.K college, Uttar Pradesh for some months. But the same year he returned to Assam and joined Jagannath Barooah College in Jorhat and after only a few months he joined Cotton College, Guwahati and worked there until 1964. From 1964 to 1967 he worked at Assam Madhyamik Shiksha Parisod. He again joined Cotton College and retired from his job as a vice principal in 1984.
He began practising literature at an early age and kept writing until his death. Nabakanta wrote poetry, novel, literary criticism, songs and children literature. Among his poetry books mention may be made of Hey Arnya, Hey Mahanagar, Eti Doty Egharti Tora, Ravan, Shamrat, Yoti Aru Keitaman Sketch, and Dolongt Tamighara. His novels include Kapilpuriya Sadhu, Kakadeotar Har, Gorma Kunwari, and Manuh Ataibor Dip. His books written for children are Akharar Jakhala, Siyali Palegoi Ratanpur, Vot-Ukare Vu. He had also written some literary criticisms and songs.
He served as the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha and presided over Asom Sahitya Sabha’s Bishwanath Chariali convention in 1990.
Nabakanta Barua died on 14 July 2002.