Farewell to a Literary Legend: Remembering the Life and Works of Nilamani Phukan


Renowned Assamese poet Nilamani Phukan passed away. He was a prolific writer, known for his powerful and evocative poetry that captured the essence of the human experience. His work dealt with a wide range of themes, including love, nature, and social issues. He was also a respected literary critic, and was widely considered to be one of the most important poets of his generation.

Nilamani Phookan, a well-known Assamese poet and Jnapith Award winner, has gone away. He was 89. Phookan, one of Assam’s most well-known poets, has been given the 56th Jnanpith, the highest literary honour in the nation, for the year 2021. “Xurjya Henu Naami Aahe Ei Nodiyedi,” “Kabita,” and “Gulapi Jamur Lagna” are three of Phukan’s best works.

Phukan’s poetry was characterized by its simplicity and directness, and he was celebrated for his ability to convey complex emotions and ideas in a clear and accessible way. He was also known for his deep understanding of the Assamese language and culture, and for his ability to use traditional forms and imagery in new and innovative ways.

Phukan’s passing is a great loss to the literary community, and his work will continue to be read and admired by generations to come. He was a true master of his craft, and his contributions to Assamese literature will be remembered for many years to come.

Phookan, who was born on September 10, 1933, blended his Assamese poetry with French symbolism, which is evident in many of his poems. His collection of poetry, Kavita, won the 1981 Sahitya Akademi Award in Assamese (Kobita). He was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Indian government in 1990. In 2002, the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, gave him the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the nation’s highest literary accolade. The Cultural Department of the Government of India selected him to serve as an “Emeritus Fellow” for two years in 1998. He was also given the “Sahityacharya” honour by the Assam Sahitya Sabha.


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