The Anundoram Borooah Award Committee of the Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language Art & Culture (ABILAC) Assam has decided to confer the Anundoram Borooah Award for the year 2012 on Bhadanta Sasanbansa Mahathera the noted scholar in the field of Indology and Assamese literature and Pali studies. This was decided in a meeting of the Executive Committee of ABILAC which also acts as the Award Committee, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ashok Kumar Goswami, the Vice-Chairman, Governing Council and Chairman, Executive Committee of ABILAC
The award was instituted by the Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art & Culture (ABILAC) Assam in the year 1991 to perpetuate the hallowed memory of Anundoram Borooah the great Sanskrit Scholar and civil servant to be bestowed every year on a scholar who sets high standards of excellence in the sphere of scholarship especially in the fields of Sanskrit and allied Indological studies, literary and linguistic studies and studies in art and culture.
From the year 1991 this prestigious award has been presented to fourteen scholars. No award was declared for the years 2002, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09 and 10. The past recipients of this award are Rajanikanta Deva Sarma (1991), Acharyya Manoranjan Shastri (1992), Dr.Biswanarayan Shastri (1993), Birendra Kumar Phukan (1994), Dr Praphulladatta Goswami (1995), Sri Jajneswar Sarma (1996), Dr. Herambakanta Barpujari (1997), Dr. Satyendranath Sarma (1998), Dr. Jogeswar Sarma (1999), Dr. Mukunda Madhava Sharma (2000), Dr. Golock Chandra Goswami (2001), Dr. Jogendranarayan Bhuyan (2006), Dr. Pramod Chandra Bhattachajya (2007) and Dr. Harinath Sarmadaloi(2011).
Bhadanta Sasanbansa Mahathera will be 15th recipient of the Award. Born in the year 1926 in Shyamgaon Village in Salapathar, Sibsagar, Bhadanta Shasanbongsa Mahathera began his schooling in Sapathar Primary school and Nazira High school. He joined the freedom movement as a student. He studied Pali language and the Tripitaka in Bengal Sanskrit Association and secured gold medal. He got the degree of Acharya from Darbhanga University and Special Graduate degree from Bihar University. He did his Masters degree in Pali from Nalanda University in the year 1960 and returned home to join the Pali School in Sibsagar as the Principal. He also took charge of the Salapathar Bouddha Vihar as the Bhikshu. After remaining for twelve years as the Bhikshu, he got the status of the Thera and finally the Mahathera or the Mahasthabira after twenty years of his dedicated service to the Vihar. The octogenarian scholar has been working silently and has contributed forty books to Assamese literature on Buddhist Religion and Philosophy. The publications of this great scholar are as follows :- Abhidharmartha, Pocket Dharmapada, Tripitak Parichay, Saddharma Sangraha 2 vols, Siwali Puja, Milinda Prashna 2 Vols, Dharma Prashanga, Buddha Sasanor Parihani, Agam Shastra, Bhikhu Pratimoksha, Datha Bangsha, Bidarshan Bhawana, Buddha Jatakar Sadhu, Dharma Padartha Katha Aapramad, Bouddha Darshan, Dharma Padartha Katha Jamak, Gautam Buddha, Upagupta, Bouddha Sangeet, Karma, Sradhhavati Subhadra, Pali Chhanda Shastra, Baidya Jeevak, Sarag-Narak, Manab Dharma Sadhana, Pret-Kahini, Navanna, Lokaniti, Sahaj Pali Bhasha Siksha, Nabin Pali Byakaran, Sadharma Siksha, Ashok Charit,Karma Bakya, Karma Kanda, Buddha Ratnamala, Shollata Sapon, Pali Sahityar Buranji and Pali Path.
The Award consists of One Lakh rupees in cash, a citation a sarai and a shawland is decided to be presented in the month of November 2013.