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Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami passes away

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 29 � Eminent author and former Professor of Delhi University Dr Mamoni (Indira) Raisom Goswami passed away at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) at 7-45 am today.

Dr Goswami was 69 and had been ailing for some time. She was admitted to the hospital on February 12 last. Initially, she was diagnosed with pneumonia with several complications including acute respiratory problems and septicemia. But her death came due to a massive cardiac arrest, said the doctors attending on her.

Born in Guwahati on November 14, 1942 to Umakanta Goswami and Ambika Devi, Dr Goswami had her early schooling in Shillong before matriculating from the TC Girls� High School of Guwahati in 1954. She obtained her post-graduation degree from Gauhati University in 1963.

Dr Goswami was married to Madhaven Raisom in 1963 who met with a premature death in 1967.

Dr Goswami started her career as a teacher at the Goalpara Sainik School in 1968. After a while she joined the Department of Modern Indian Language (MIL) in Delhi University and served there till retirement.

A prolific author, Goswami�s acclaimed novels include Chenabor Shrot (1972), Nilakanthi Braja (1973), Ahiran (1980), Mamore Dhara Tarowal (1980), Datal Hatir Uye Khowa Haoda (1988), Sanskar, Udaybhanur Charitra Adi (1989), Adhalekha Dastabej, Jakhami Jatri (1990), and Tej Aru Dhulire Dhusarita Pristha.

Goswami�s short story collections are Chinaki Morom (1962), Koina (1966), Hriday Ek Nadir Nam, and Mamoni Raisam Goswamir Priya Galpa (1998).

Mahiyashi Kamala (1955) is a biography written by her on Dr Kamala Ratnam.

Goswami�s translated works include Premchandor Chuti Galpa, Adhaghanta Samay, and Jatak Katha Aru Kalam.

Regarded an authority on the Ramayana, Dr Goswami played a key role in evoking scholastic interest in the great epic across the world. She was also instrumental in establishing a common platform for international Ramayani scholars. Her volume Ramayana: From Ganga to Brahmaputra is acknowledged as an authoritative work on the subject.

Winner of India�s highest literary honour, Jnanpith, in 2000, Goswami was a recipient of a number of awards and accolades including Sahitya Akademi (1982), Katha Rashtriya Puraskar (1993 and 2000), Kamal Kumari National Award.

Goswami was conferred D Lit from Ravindra Bharati of Kolkata.

Goswami was involved with various literary, educational and cultural organizations in various capacities. A member of Sahitya Akademi, she was also a member of the governing body of Delhi University.

Adajya, a film based on her well-known novel Datal Hatir Uye Khowa Haoda, won the national award.

A peace activist, Goswami was also a mediator for some time for the ULFA peace talks.

Goswami visited Europe, USA, Japan, South Korea, different South East Asian countries, Mauritius, etc.

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Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami passes away

GUWAHATI, Nov 29 � Eminent author and former Professor of Delhi University Dr Mamoni (Indira) Raisom Goswami passed away at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) at 7-45 am today.

Dr Goswami was 69 and had been ailing for some time. She was admitted to the hospital on February 12 last. Initially, she was diagnosed with pneumonia with several complications including acute respiratory problems and septicemia. But her death came due to a massive cardiac arrest, said the doctors attending on her.

Born in Guwahati on November 14, 1942 to Umakanta Goswami and Ambika Devi, Dr Goswami had her early schooling in Shillong before matriculating from the TC Girls� High School of Guwahati in 1954. She obtained her post-graduation degree from Gauhati University in 1963.

Dr Goswami was married to Madhaven Raisom in 1963 who met with a premature death in 1967.

Dr Goswami started her career as a teacher at the Goalpara Sainik School in 1968. After a while she joined the Department of Modern Indian Language (MIL) in Delhi University and served there till retirement.

A prolific author, Goswami�s acclaimed novels include Chenabor Shrot (1972), Nilakanthi Braja (1973), Ahiran (1980), Mamore Dhara Tarowal (1980), Datal Hatir Uye Khowa Haoda (1988), Sanskar, Udaybhanur Charitra Adi (1989), Adhalekha Dastabej, Jakhami Jatri (1990), and Tej Aru Dhulire Dhusarita Pristha.

Goswami�s short story collections are Chinaki Morom (1962), Koina (1966), Hriday Ek Nadir Nam, and Mamoni Raisam Goswamir Priya Galpa (1998).

Mahiyashi Kamala (1955) is a biography written by her on Dr Kamala Ratnam.

Goswami�s translated works include Premchandor Chuti Galpa, Adhaghanta Samay, and Jatak Katha Aru Kalam.

Regarded an authority on the Ramayana, Dr Goswami played a key role in evoking scholastic interest in the great epic across the world. She was also instrumental in establishing a common platform for international Ramayani scholars. Her volume Ramayana: From Ganga to Brahmaputra is acknowledged as an authoritative work on the subject.

Winner of India�s highest literary honour, Jnanpith, in 2000, Goswami was a recipient of a number of awards and accolades including Sahitya Akademi (1982), Katha Rashtriya Puraskar (1993 and 2000), Kamal Kumari National Award.

Goswami was conferred D Lit from Ravindra Bharati of Kolkata.

Goswami was involved with various literary, educational and cultural organizations in various capacities. A member of Sahitya Akademi, she was also a member of the governing body of Delhi University.

Adajya, a film based on her well-known novel Datal Hatir Uye Khowa Haoda, won the national award.

A peace activist, Goswami was also a mediator for some time for the ULFA peace talks.

Goswami visited Europe, USA, Japan, South Korea, different South East Asian countries, Mauritius, etc.