GUWAHATI, March 27 – The Assam Valley Literary Award-2009 was conferred on littérateur Imran Shah in Guwahati today. Noted for his short stories, Shah has also proved his mettle with poetry, novels and a few plays. Besides, he has translated literary works from English to Assamese.
Author William Dalrymple who was a distinguished guest gave away the prize that comprised a citation, a trophy and a cheque of Rs 4 lakh. Dalrymple read out excerpts from his works.
In his acceptance speech, Shah said. “I simply enjoy writing and I try to keep the writer in me far away and free from any outside influence and instructions…I try not to allow my acquired knowledge and convictions to make me self-conscious while writing.”
He went on to say that he made it a point to work for the welfare of his near and dear ones. From the people around him he learnt about their hopes and frustrations, struggles and conflicts. It has been his endeavour to portray them in his writings.
Shah observed that the economic, political and educational happenings in Assam needed close scrutiny and analysis. Apart from educationists and literary persons, everyone should be involved in taking stock as it was in the national interest.
In his speech, he mentioned that he did not agree with the notion that Assamese literature was not up to the mark of world standard. “Our writers are in no way less gifted than those in other parts of the world. But we have certain limitations. We are handicapped, chiefly in the matter of publications and publicity.”
Shah believed that proper initiatives from the Government and institutions of learning could solve such problems.
He appreciated the Williamson Magor Education Trust for selecting him for the honour, and said that he was glad to receive greetings from his readers from different parts of the State.
Aditya Khaitan of Williamson Magor Education Trust delivered the welcome address in the well-attended function at the Pragjyoti-ITA Cultural Complex.