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Asomiya Sishu Sahitya Bota-2023 to Dr Swadhinata Mahanta

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TEZPUR, Aug 19 : Asomiya Sishu Sahitya Bota-2022, one of the most notable Childrens’ literary award of the state given by Akanir Sishu Sahitya Sabha will be awarded this year to educationist and noted litterateur of the state Dr Swadhinata Mahanta. Dr Mahanta has brought laurels to Tezpur already by achieving several awards including Bina Sarma Memorial Children litterateur award in 2015 conferred by Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, State literary award given by the government of Assam for the year 2016-17 in the form of one time financial grant, Literary pension offered by the government of Assam in 2016-17,Lakshmipriya Kakati Children Trust award given by Golaghat branch of Asam Sahitya Sabha in 2018, Joy Dey Devi Award for her mass reading children novel ‘Kaziranga’ in 1993 and Chief Ministers best literary award in 1964 in her childhood in All Assam Children Literary competition organised by Rongpur Sahitya Sabha, Sibasagar.
Being a popular author in Assamese literary world Dr Mahanta has already made a prominent place amongst the readers with her creations including ‘Kaziranga’, ‘Bol Aguwai Bol’, ‘Pallabi’ (Children Novel), Children poem like ‘Rod Jilmil’, ;Mou Gun’ ‘Rong Chilmil’, ‘Tora Tirbir’ ‘Jon Jikmik’ and ‘Selected Children Poem’ written in a very particular genre. Her noteworthy biographical works, works on literary history and literary criticism including ‘Naamghoshanupam’, ‘Jonakir Poharot Asomiya Kobita, ‘Bharatar Swadhinata Andolonot Dhekiajulir Mukti Jujaru Phanidhar Das’, ‘Gahan Chandra Goswami’, ‘Xoponor Bharat’ etc , have already earned great fame in the Assamese literary field. Several edited books, more than two hundred articles published in newspapers, magazines and souvenirs , radio scripts and features etc remain in her credit have already enriched the Assamese literary world.
As a researcher and educationist she contributed several acclaimed research papers in her service period as a faculty of Assamese department in Darrang College .
Besides her teaching career Dr Mahanta has been a sincere organiser and led several literary and socio-cultural organisations for a long since. She led the Sodau Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti in 1974-75 as founding joint secretary, as secretary of Sonitpur district committee of Sodau Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samiti, as president of Sonitpur Zila Sahitya Sabha, as state president of Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti and led several numbers of socio-cultural , literary and educational organisations in various capacities .
Announcing the prestigious literary award in Tezpur Akanir Sahitya Sabha president Pankaj Barua and secretary Deepjyoti Bora declared on Sunday that the award will be conferred on him in a meeting to be held in Tezpur in the days ahead. .

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