Akademi awards to Hrituraj Basumatary, Sananta Tanti

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Bodo writer from Karbi Anglong gets national recognition

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI/KOKRAJHAR, Dec 5: Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards to two writers from Assam – Assamese poet Sananta Tanti and Bodo writer Hrituraj Basumatary on Wednesday.

Noted Bodo litterateur Hrituraj Basumatary was selected for Bodo language. Basumatary was selected for his collection of short story “Dwngse Lama” in Bodo language.

He won Someswari Brahma Literary Award 2016, instituted by Bodo Sahitya Sabha, for the same book. He was felicitated by Bodo social organisations, including Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Karbi Anglong, All Bodo Employees Federation, All Bodo Women Welfare Federation and Dularai Bodo Harimu Afat, Karbi Anglong at Langhin, Karbi Anglong.

Basumatary hails from Langhin Tinali of Karbi Anglong district. He is an active member of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha. He was also former editor of The Bodo, a mouthpiece of Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

Bodo Sahitya Sabha general secretary Prasanta Boro has extended congratulation to Basumatary for his award winning.

Sananta Tanti was selected for his poetry collection “Kaliloi Dintu Amar Hobo”. The awards were recommended by jury members representing 24 Indian languages and approved by the executive board of Sahitya Akademi which met under the chairmanship of Sahitya Akademi president Chandrashekhar Kambar.

The award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1,00,000 will be presented to the winners at a special function to be held on January 29, 2019 at New Delhi during the Festival of Letters organised by Sahiya Akademi.

Sananta Tanti was born in Kalinagar Tea Estate in Karimganj district in 1952, to a family of tea garden workers. He started his education in the Bengali before shifting to the Assamese during his studies at Dibrugarh University. He retired as deputy provident fund commissioner from Assam Tea Employee Provident Fund Organisation.

Starting his poetic journey in the 1970s, Tanti’s poetry uses contemporary themes like corruption in public life, unemployment, poverty, hunger and frustrations, among others.

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