Assam: Bodo writer declared recipient of the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award


GUWAHATI, December 23, 2017: Dr. Rita Baro, Bodo writer has fetched no less pride to the people of Assam after being declared as the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in Bodo language. Dr Baro has been named for Sahitya Akademi award for her short-novel, 'Thwisam'.

Dr. Baro was born on August 28 in 1975 and did her schooling at Tangla Girls' HS school. She graduated from TanglaCollege holding double masters degree in Assamese and Bodo from Gauhati University and subsequently pursued her Phd degree in the year 2010. She is currently engaged as an assistant professor in Bodo in Tangla College.

The story of the novel deals with a spoiled martyr's son who leaves home after cheating his mother of the ex-gratia compensation amount received from the government for his father's death.

Talking to the media, she said, "I'm quite elated over the award. I just like to portray the social happenings specifically the diversion of the youths towards motor- bikes and other high end goods".

Dr. Baro teaches Bodo literature in Tangla College in Udalguri district and is busy working for her next novel. Prior to this she won Mangal Chandri  Brahma Award by Udalguri Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

She said, "This is my first recognition for my literary award. It's highly satisfactory to be honored by Sahitya Akademi. I never wrote to be a litterateur but writing is my hobby and I derive great satisfaction through it".

Her second novel 'Thwisam' was published in 2014. She has penned 3 novels and another is on the verge of publication.

(TNT-The Northeasttoday News with inputs from Assam Times)