Mamoni Raisom Goswami award presented to Mahashweta Devi.
Guwahati (March 2, 2014) - The first Mamoni Raisom Goswami (Dr Indira Goswami) National Literature Award, 2014, was presented today to one of the most widely acclaimed writers of India, Mahashweta Devi, also an activist who has dedicated her life to highlighting the struggle of the oppressed.
The award carries Rs 3 lakh, a citation, a memento and other gifts.
Mahashweta Devi has donated Rs 1 lakh out of the award money to the
charitable trust named after her.
The award was instituted by the apex literary body of the State,
Asam Sahitya Sabha, with the support of the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd
(NRL) with an objective to keeping alive the memory and ideology of
Mamoni Raisom Goswami who upheld humanity and played an active role
to bring about social reforms.
Assam Governor JB Patnaik presented the award to the author who has
always been advocating the rights of the exploited. Showering praises
on Mamoni Raisom Goswami and Mahashweta Devi, Patnaik said that compassion
was the moving element in both these authors and this was the outstanding
trait of all great authors in the world.
"Mahashweta Devi has written more than 100 novels and books
of short stories. They are mostly about poverty, ignorance, squalor,
hunger and superstitions of the depressed humanity and its struggle
for a rightful place in society," Patnaik observed on the literary
contributions of Mahashweta Devi.
On the other hand, expressing her immense happiness on being honoured
with the award, Mahashweta Devi, who has always believed that real
history is made by ordinary people, said that words are not sufficient
to capture her emotions at the moment. "I am happy. I am without
words," she said, adding that such initiatives of honouring writers
would give an impetus to the literary movement as well as take it
to the public.
Mahashweta Devi, for whom the suffering human beings who refuse to
accept defeat is a source of inspiration for creative endeavours,
described Mamoni Raisom Goswami as an unparalleled writer gifted with
an unparalleled expression.
The award presentation function held at ITA Pragjyoti Cultural Complex,
Machkhowa, was attended by many prominent citizens including Asam
Sahitya Sabha president Imran Shah, author Dr Ramkumar Mukhophadhya,
MD of NRL Deepak Chakravorty and others.
Earlier, floral tribute was paid by the guests and family members
before the portrait of Mamoni Raisom Goswami. A documentary on the
life and contributions of Mamoni Raisom Goswami, directed by Jahnu
Baruah, was also screened on the occasion.
Courtesy: by VOA team.