Commonly popular as Vaishnav Pandit in Assam, Sonaram Chutia was born in 8th June, 1915 in Bamkukurachowa Gaon, Kakojan of present Jorhat district Assam. His father was Jagiram Chutia and mother was Fuleswari Chutia. He was the chief adviser of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha. A Gandhian in life, Chutia was a Class X student when he saw Gandhiji for the first time, and met him personally later in Maharashtra.
Sonaram Chutia started his schooling in Bamkukurachowa L.P. school in 1922. In 1935 he has passed out his Matriculation with distinction. He scored letter marks in General Mathematics, Sansanskrit, Assamese, Adv, Mathematics and Mechanics. He has done his B.SC from prestigious Cotton college in 1939 with distinction. Due to Second World War began in 1939 he left his studies and start working as a science teacher in Sivsagar Govt. Higher Secondary School.
In 1940 he left his job and joind Jatiya Mahasabha (Indian National Congress) which was an organization works for India's Independence. In 1942 is palyed an active role in Quit India movement. As a freedom figher he was arrested by British in the same year and sent to Jorhar central jail. Before this he was working as a teacher Teok Balama high school and Kakojan high school.
In jail he mat veteran assamese freedom fighters like Gopinath Bordoloi, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Debeswar sarma, Pitambar Dev Goswami etc. After staying 2 years 18 days in Jorhat central jail he was release from jail on 22 nd Dec, 1944. But after this he was staying as house arrest for 6 months. In 1945 he agian joined as a teacher in Teok Balama high school.
In 1946 he joined Palakhani Ashram of Nagaon on birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankardev which was running by Ramakanta Muktiyar. From this he started the publicuty of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha. In 1958 he joined as Rural Development Officer in Golaghat district. In 1956 first time he was selected as president of 28th Srimanta Sankardev Sangha Odhibekhon, Saraidoloni, Lakhimpur. Till 1978 he was selected as president of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha for 9 times in various places of Assam. In 1978 he was the president of 47th Srimanta Sankardev Sangha Odhibekhon, Giwahati, Assam. From 1978 to till he died he was the chief advisor of
Srimanta Sankardev Sangha and was a member of Saran team. On 10th April of,1975 he took retirement from Teok Rajabari High School as a Head Master. After that he fully devoted his life to Srimanta Sankardev Sangha.
He start wrinting since 1939 soon after he joined the Jatiya Mahasabha. His contributions to Assamese literature cannot be forget. His books were highly influenced by Sankari Culture and Mahapusia Dharma. Most of them related to vishnusim in Assam. Till his death he wrote various books and various articles in various assamese magazines. In 1954 he published his first book "Naam Dharma Prakash". Chutia was honoured as a freedom fighter by the Union government in 1972 and the government of Assam in 1973. He received the Srimanta Sankaradeva-Madhabdeva Award in 1994. In 2000, the Assam government bestowed the Srimanta Sankaradeva Award on him. In 2005 he was awarded as Jorhat Ekalabbya & Dalit Daradi by North Eastern Research Organization.
This Noted Vaishnavite scholar, social reformer, freedom fighter and chief adviser of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha and recipient of Sankardeva Award, Sonaram Chutia, passed away because of old-age ailments at Jorhat Medical College Hospital at 9.30 pm on 30th Jan,2013. Chutia is survived by three sons, four daughters and his grandchildren. He was 98.
Books Wrote By Sonaram Chutia :
1) Naam Dharma Prakash (1954)
2) Mahapurush Haridev Charit (1968)
3) Axomor Vaisnav Darshanor Swarnarekha (1971)
4) Bikhudgarror Bichitra Kahani (1976)
5) Mundan (1978)
6) Bhagawat Mahatyama (1984)
7) Mahapusia Dharma Jigyassa (1986)
8) Ved aaru Mahapusia Dharma (1988)
9) Axomor Satra : Ek Anuhandhan (2003)
10) Aami Bhagawanor Dakh (2003)
11) Vakti Ratnawali
12) Huvor Okhodhi
13) Ishwaror Sabbyabyapita
14) Mahapusia Dharma aru Karmakando