Two writers from Assam were nominated for the Sahitya Akademi Award on Thursday.
While Assamese writer and journalist Anuradha Sarma Pujari won the prestigious literary award for her novel Iyat Ekhon Aranya Asil, poet Mwdai Gahai was honoured for his poetry collection Khoro Sayao Arw Himalay.
57-year-old Sarma Pujari, a well-known novelist and story writer, is the editor of Assamese weekly Sadin.
Born in 1964 in upper Assam’s Jorhat, she completed her Masters in Sociology from Dibrugarh University.
As a writer, she gained popularity with her column Kolkatar Sithi in Asom Bani and she won fame with her novel debut novel Hriday Ek Bigyapan, published in 1998.
Earlier, she got Bishnu Rava Award for her novel Mereng.
She was honoured with Kumar Kishore Memorial Literary Award from Asom Sahitya Sabha, in 2003.
Some of her important books include Nahoror Niribili Cha, Nil Prajapati, Son Harinor Chekur, Ejon Eshworor Sondhanot, Jalachabi and Sahebpurar Borosun.
On the other hand, young story writer Abhijit Bora and story writer Mrinal Kalita have received Sahitya Akademi Yuba Puraskar and Bal Sahitya Puraskar respectively.
While Bora was selected for the award for his short story collection Deuka Kobai Jai, Kalita got the award for his children’s book Bakul Phoolor Dore.