GUWAHATI, Dec 21 - Renowned litterateur Atulananda Goswami would be conferred the Publication Board, Assam�s prestigious lifetime achievement award for his contributions in the field of Assamese literature.
The award would be conferred on him at the inaugural ceremony of the 31st Guwahati Book Fair being held at the AEI Field at Chandmari here tomorrow.
Born in 1934 at Kokila Adhar Satra in Jorhat, Goswami has a number of collection of short stories to his credit, including Hamdoi Pular Jon (1966), Galpa (1967), Rajpaat (1976), Palatak (1983), Asraya (1993), Seneh Jarir Ganthi (2003) and Baibhav Bilap (2004). He has also penned novels like Namghariya, Kakaideo and Orchid. Besides, he has one collection in English � Negro Couple in search of Siva (1994).
His novels and short stories have received critical acclaim. He has translated many books from English, Bengali and Oriya into Assamese and has translated his own stories and the works of many other Assamese authors into English.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for his short story collection Seneh Jarir Ganthi. The awards won by Goswami include � the Ambikagiri Roy Choudhury Sahitya Bota and Kumar Kishore Sowarani Bota (for Namghariya), Katha Award (for Balia Hati) and the Sneha Bharati Sahitya Samman.
The lifetime achievement award of the Publication Board includes a cash award of Rs 2 lakh, a citation, a plaque and a collection of books, said the vice chairman of the Board, Sumanta Chaliha. The award, started in the year 2012, has been given to Lakshmi Nandan Bora, Dr Dinesh Goswami and many other renowned litterateurs so far.
Eminent writer from Sri Lanka JB Dishanayak will be a special guest of the inaugural event to be presided over by State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Chief Minister Sarbnanda Sonowal has consented to inaugurate the 12-day event.