DIBRUGARH, Dec 21 � The Sahitya Akademi Award will be posthumously given to noted poet, translator, academician and critic late Dr Kabin Phukan who belonged to the city here. Dr Phukan was a senior Professor of English Department in Dibrugarh University. Dr Kabin Phukan died on May 24 this year.
Dr Phukan, who wrote many Assamese and English books, did his PhD from Leeds University, England. He was a Fulbright scholar at Yale in 1983-84 and worked on Ezra Pound. Dr Phukan was also a recipient of Krantikal Sahitya Sanman.
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(posthumously; for Assamese) and Premananda Mosahari (for Bodo) have been chosen for the Sahitya Akademi awards this year. The North-east has another recipient in the form of Kshetri Bira, a novelist from Manipur.
According to the Sahitya Akademi website, Phukan and Mosahary have been chosen for their works Ei Anuragi Ei Udasi and Okhafwrni Dwima respectively. Bira has been selected for his novel Nangbu Ngaibada.
The award carries Rs 1 lakh and would be presented on February 14, 2012.