Author and translator Dr Prafulla Kataki passed away on Tuesday here. He was 85. Born in 1933, Kataki taught English literature in Gauhati University. He retired as the professor of the University in 1993.
Kataki won Sahitya Akademi award in 2005 for his translation of Tamil Sangam poetry. He penned number of books on literary criticism including Sahitya Aru Sanjnya and Sahityrathi.
He has to his credit over 40 translated works including Swabalamban, Weathering Heights, Oleakh Sakir Pohor, Mitabiyaita, Arial and Ashabadi Chinta.
Kataki was awarded with Axom Xahitya Xabha’s Amulya Chakravarty Anubad Bota (Translation Award) as recognition of his immense contribution in the field of translation.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled the demise of litterateur Kotaki. In a statement, Chief Minister Sonowal underlined the immense contribution of Dr. Kataki in the academic and literary fields of the state during his life and termed his death as an irreparable loss to the society.
He also stated that the Sahitya Academi recipient enriched the Assamese literature with his original creations and translated works of world literature and added that as a professor of English literature in Gauhati University. Kataki left indelible mark in the academic arena of the state, said Sonowal.