I can’t exactly recall when or where I had come across the name of Rabindranath Tagore. Certain faces of people once seen, certain names once heard get imprinted on the mind. The very name casts a spell — Rabindranath ; what fascination the name holds, what resonance, what grace! Ever since the name ‘Rabindranath’ entered […]
Nilmani Phookan is considered Assam’s most distinguished living poet. Born in the village of Dergaon in 1933, he started writing poetry in the early 1950s. Inspired by the example of his precursors, Hem Barua, Amulya Barua and Maheswar Neog, he and his other contemporaries, Navakanta Barua and Ajit Barua, took to free verse, exploring and extending the possibilities of Assamese modernism. He has written thirteen volumes of poetry, and has won ten regional and national awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry in 1981 and the Padmashri from the Government of India in 1990. He joined the Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati as a lecturer in 1964 and worked there until his retirement in 1992.