GUWAHATI, Dec 31 � The Williamson Magor Education Trust has nominated noted litterateur Hare Krishna Deka for its 21st Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2010 for his literary excellence, a release issued by the Trust here stated.
A poet since his school days, Deka, a recipient of the 1987 Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry collection Aan Ejon, and the 1996 Katha Award for his short story collection Bandiyar, has won high critical acclaim for his works in both the genres of literature. He has 16 books to his credit and these include the collections of his poems, short stories and articles.
Deka, who started his career as a teacher in the Gauhati Commerce College after doing his MA in English from Gauhati University, later joined the Indian Police Service in 1968 and retired as the Director General of Assam Police. After his retirement, he assumed the responsibility of the editor of the Assamese literary magazine Gariyoshi published by the Tribune group of newspapers, for a brief period.
Born in 1943 in Tinsukia, Deka is an exponent of modern poetry. He always experiments with his style of writing in both prose and poetry.
The Williamson Magor Education Trust conceived the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1990 to honour the outstanding creative writers who have enhanced the richness of Assamese literature.
The award was announced by BM Khaitan, chairman of the Williamson Magor Group of Industries at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Assam Valley School on February 11, 1990.
The award will be presented to Deka at a function proposed to be held in March next in the city, said the statement.