GUWAHATI, Dec 31 - Renowned novelist and short-story writer Apurba Sarma has been chosen for the prestigious 26th Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2015.
The award will be formally presented to Sarma at a function in the city in March 2016.
The Williamson Magor Education Trust was formed with the purpose of giving an impetus to education and cultural progress within the State of Assam. The Assam Valley Literary Award, which is part of the trust�s endeavour to preserve and promote the rich literary heritage of Assam, was instituted in the year 1990.
Born at Halem in undivided Darrang district (now Sonitpur) on January 1 in 1943, Sarma did his matriculation from Madhya Chaiduar High School in the year 1958. He completed his graduation from Cotton College, Guwahati, with Honours in Economics in 1962, and did his MA in Economics from the Gauhati University in 1965.
Sarma joined as a Staff Reporter in The Assam Tribune and joined as a Lecturer in Economics in Nowgong Girls� College in 1967 and retired as a Principal from the college in 2002. He subsequently served as an Editor in the Assamese daily Ajir Asom from 2004 till 2012.
Recipient of Sahitya Akademi in 2000 for creative writing for his collection of short stories � Baghe Tapur Rati, Sarma has won many awards and accolades over the years. He was awarded the Swarna Kamal � National Award for the Best Book in Cinema for his book Asomiya Chalachitrar Sa-pohar in 2002.