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Nilmani Phookan
Born (1933-09-10) 10 September 1933 (age 88)
NationalityIndian
Occupationpoet, academic
Known forsymbolism

Nilmani Phookan (born 10 September 1933) is an Indian poet in Assamese language and an academic. His work, replete with symbolism, is inspired by French symbolism and is representative of the genre in Assamese poetry. His notable works include Surya Henu Nami Ahe Ei Nodiyedi, Gulapi Jamur Lagna, and Kobita.[1][2]

He has won the 56th Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary award , for the year 2020.[3] He was also awarded the 1981 Sahitya Akademi Award in Assamese for his poetry collection, Kavita (Kobita).[4] He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1990,[5] and received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest literary honor in India, given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in 2002.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Dergaon in Golaghat district, Assam. He received his Master's degree in History from Guwahati University in 1961. Although he had started writing poetry since the early 1950s.[7]

Career[edit]

He started his career as a lecturer at Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati in 1964, where he worked until his retirement in 1992.[7] He has also translated Japanese and European poetry into Assamese.

He has won the 56th Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary award, for the year 2020.[8][9] He was also awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1997,[10] and in 2002 he received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest literary honor in India, given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, reserved for "the immortals of literature".[11] In 2019, he was awarded a D.Lit. by Dibrugarh University.[12]

Works[edit]

  • Surya Heno Nami Ahe Ei Nadiyedi ("The sun is said to come descending by this river"), 1963.
  • Manas-pratima. Guwahati Book Stall, 1971.
  • Phuli Thaka Suryamukhi Phultor Phale ("Towards the Blooming Sunflower"), 1971.
  • Kabita. Sahitya Akademi Publications, 2001. ISBN 81-260-1058-4.
  • Selected Poems Of Nilmani Phookan. tr. by Krishna Dulal Barua. Sahitya Akademi Publications, 2007. ISBN 81-260-2433-X.

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akademi, p. 462
  2. ^ Since he shares his name another Assamese poet, Nilamani Phukan (1879–1978), he is often referred as Nilamani Phookan(Jr). He has been awarded the 56th highest literacy award Jnanpith Award by Government of India on 2021.(J
  3. ^ "Damodar Mauzo wins Jnanpith Award, here's all you need to know about the renowned Goan writer". The Free Press Journal. 4 January 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Award 1955-2007 - Assamese". Official listings, Sahitya Akademi website. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  6. ^ "Conferment of Sahitya Akademi Fellowship". Official listings, Sahitya Akademi website. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Nilmani Phookan". India - Poetry International Web.
  8. ^ "Assam poet and Konkani novelist receive Jnanpith Award". The Indian Express. 9 December 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Poet Nilmani Phookan wins the Jnanpith award". The Times of India. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Another plume in writer's crown". The Telegraph. 13 April 2008.
  11. ^ "Bhisham Sahni, Kaifi Azmi in Sahitya Akademi". The Tribune. 20 February 2002.
  12. ^ "Dibrugarh University (DU) Confers Doctor of Literature On Poet Nilamani Phukan". Sentinelassam. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Noted Assamese Poet Nilmani Phookan Wins Jnanpith Award". www.pratidintime.com. Archived from the original on 7 December 2021.
  14. ^ "असमिया साहित्यकार नीलमणि फूकन व कोंकणी साहित्यकार दामोदर मौउजो को ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार".

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