Assamese Literary Talents Shine

Assamese Literary Talents Shine

The Assam Literary Academy has conferred the Youth Award on five Assamese youths – Dr. Nayan Jyoti Sharma, Self Maid Rani Baruah, and Sutapa Chakraborty for their contributions to the literature of the state. These five Assamese youths have brought pride to the state by receiving the Children’s Literature and Youth Award of the Literary Academy for the running year. The Children’s Literature Award in Assamese language was received by the distinguished literary friend Hajarika.

Hajarika received this honor for his novel ‘Bipann Bisway Khel,’ published in 2019. The award for the major language was received by Virgin Jakova Mushahari for his poetry book ‘Buhuma Boynibo.’ Additionally, this year’s Youth Award of the Assam Literary Academy in Assamese language was received by Dr. Nayan Jyoti Sharma for his short story collection ‘Jal Kata Jui.’ Self-made Rani Baruah received the Youth Award in the major language for her short story collection ‘Sailum’ (Shade). Both awards come with a copper plaque and a cash prize of 50,000 rupees each. Special ceremonies will be held to present the awards in the future.

Born in 1950 in Monabari Tea Estate in Sonitpur district, Hajarika is equally popular in society as a mystery novelist. So far, Hajarika, who has written more than 750 books, has written 204 children’s books on various subjects. In 1985, Hajarika wrote Jechon, Poron, Rohan, Jitu-Nitu, and other series of children’s literature. Hajarika’s children’s literature includes morals, stories, novels, and adventurous campaigns. Recently, he has been busy writing children’s books on any subject that comes to mind. Meanwhile, the path to writing about snakes and tea gardens has started in adult novels (not children’s literature) by Ranju Hajarika. A graduate of Bishwanath College, literary Hajarika now resides in Guwahati. Hajarika’s children’s literature has summarized fables, stories, novels, and adventurous campaigns for the family world. Hajarika’s children’s literature is still the most popular today.

Mushahari, who was born in 1966 in Kokrajhar district, is engaged in social consumer activism. So far, he has published four poetry books. Mushahari, who passed the high school examination from Bonargaon High School in 1984, graduated from Kokrajhar College in 1992. The news of the award has delighted Mushahari, who says, ‘I am very happy to receive this news. Such news naturally motivates me to write more.’ In the coming years, Mushahari will be busy with his translation work. Mushahari, who is engaged in translation work at the Assam Legislative Assembly Secretariat, is a resident of Khairabari in Nalbari district. Born in Khairabari in 1997, Baruah passed the high school examination from Nalbari in 2013. In 2018, she received a bachelor’s degree. The experience expressed by Baruah, who started writing from the seventh grade and received the major award for her book “14 different stories,” is, ‘I did not think I would get this honor. I am very excited to receive this news. It motivates me to write more.’ Baruah will soon publish a collection of short stories.

Born on 11th September 1991 in the Shivsagar Park in Meharpur, Silchar, Sutapa Chakraborty has also received the Youth Award of the Assam Literary Academy this year for her poetry books “Dera je Holud Phul” and “Got Jonm.” Working as a translator at the Assam Legislative Assembly Secretariat, Chakraborty, who has written poems, stories, essays, and articles in various newspapers and magazines, is currently focusing more on her studies.

These awards, which include a copper plaque and a cash prize of 50,000 rupees each, are a testament to the talent and dedication of these individuals. The Assam Literary Academy plans to hold special ceremonies to present the awards, celebrating the achievements of these exceptional young writers and poets.

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