New website on bodo Literature

Bodo Writers Academy is a literary organization of the Bodo’s. The website is an effort to document all the materials that are being written and published by the Bodo writers.
Anil Boro on Bodo Literature in muse india

MUSE india’s Issue 20, Jul-Aug 2008: Focus: Influence of Insurgency on Assamese Literature


Editorial – Uddipana Goswami

Indira (Mamoni Raisom) Goswami: Me and the World of Militants
Bibhash Choudhury: At the Crossroads

Short Stories
Arupa Patangia Kalita: ‘Mother’
Silabhadra: ‘Smog’
Ratna Bharali Talukdar: ‘To You, the Story of a Dokhona’s Secret’
Anju Basumatary: ‘The Test’

Megan Kachari: Magon and Stray Ramblings
Seniram Gogoi: My country 1997
Geeta Goswami: The Wall
Nalinidhar Bhattacharya: To My Karbi Friend
Lutfa Hanum Selima Begum: A Poem
Kamal Kumar Tanti: Travelogue

Arupa Patangia Kalita: In conversation with Aruni Kashyap
Harekrishna Deka: In discussion with Uddipana Goswami

Indira Goswami (Mamoni Raisom Goswami) awarded with 2008 Principal Prince Claus Award

Eleven 2008 Prince Claus Award Recipients Announced and Indian writer Indira Goswami  (Mamoni Raisom Goswami, Guwahati, Assam) will be presented with this year’s Principal Prince Claus Award. 
The presentation ceremony of  Principal Prince Claus Award  of €100,000 will be held in Amsterdam on Wednesday, 3 December 2008. 

Since 1997 the Prince Claus Awards are presented annually to artists, thinkers and cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

In the judgement of the Prince Claus Award jury:

“Indira Goswami, is an outstanding writer who reveals the lived experience of ordinary people. Through powerful graphic descriptions and haunting images she shows how central the body is in human affairs, how political, religious and cultural systems are codified through the body; and how life process, gender, age, poverty and conflict are defined physically. A woman of remarkable insight and conviction, Indira Goswami (Mamoni Roisom Goswami as she is popularly known) is honoured for the unique quality of her writing, for identifying and expressing the inscription of cultural norms in the body, and for her influential social and cultural activism through literature. ” 


“Writing in her Assamese mother-tongue, Goswami highlights the diverse cultural context of this remote region. She depicts contemporary political and social dimensions, avoiding romanticism and anthropological tendencies. Her intimate knowledge of community realities is closely woven into strong narratives that tackle controversial subjects such as the plight of widows (The Blue-Necked Braja, 1976) and the experience of Sikhs in the anti-Sikh riots (Pages Stained with Blood, 1994), as well as examining the impact of the caste system, prostitution and ethnic strife on the human body and psyche. Her Unfinished Autobiography (1988) is remarkable for its utter frankness. An important voice for the marginalised, she also writes about Madhya Pradesh, Kashmir and Vrindavan, bringing local issues to the fore. “

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