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Sahitya Akademi awards for Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora, Monoranjan Lahary
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 23 – Eminent writers, the late Monoranjan Lahary and Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora, have been selected for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards 2009.

Noted author Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora has been honoured for his Katha Ratnakar, a novel published in 2007. The work, which has already won critical acclaim, is based on the conditions facing a marginalised community that was also oppressed in a part of Assam.

Dr Bora, who is the present principal of the Jorhat Medical College, expressed his happiness on receiving the news. “It is a recognition for me and a honour for Assamese literature as well,” he said and revealed that he found the current Assamese literary scene quite lively as it was “developing and evolving”. He referred to a new crop of writers, especially women writers, who were creating incisive works of literature.

Born at Shillong in 1955, Dr Bora’s works include Farasi Biplab, Loha, Bhuk, Tejor Andhar, Kalantoror Gadya, and Kahini. His ongoing work is Aajar, a novel that is being serialised in Goriyosi, the literary magazine published by The Assam Tribune Group.

Our Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: The Chief Minister has congratulated Dr Bora, and expressed happiness over late Lahary being given the award. The news of a Sahitya Akademi award for the late Monoranjan Lahary has elated people in Kokrajhar. The award is in appreciation of his Bodo novel Daini.

An eminent writer and educationist, he wrote several novels, and had been honoured with several awards including the Bishnu Rava Award and the Rashtriya Lok Bhasha Sanman.

Lahary was born in 1936 in Kokrajhar district, and had an illustrious academic career as a teacher and later as a principal. In his literary life, he was widely hailed for the range and creativity of his work that focused on life in its varied hues. He passed away on July 29, 2008.