Recipients of Anundoram Borooah Award

Late Rajani Kanta Deva Sarma: (1991)

Rajani Kanta Deva Sarma

The prestigious AnundoramBorooah award instituted by ABILAC was presented for the first time in 1991 posthumously to Late Rajani Kanta Deva Sarma, eminent Sanskritist of Assam. Professor Dev Sarma was an M.A. in Sanskrit from the University of Calcutta in 1939 and was engaged in teaching and research till his sad demise on the 17th January, 1991. He taught at Sonaram High School, Cotton Collegiate High School, Handique Girls’ College, Cotton College and the University of Gauhati. His scholarly contribution to the field of literature includes, among others, his translation of Visakhadatta’s Mudrarakshasa  and Bharata’s Natyashastra to Assamese. He has also translated Kautilya’s Arthashastra and wrote a detailed introduction to the book.


Late Acharya Monoranjan Shastri (1992)

 Manoranjan Shastri

The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1992 was presented posthumously to late Acharya Monoranjan Shastri, eminent Sanskritist of Assam.  As an eminent scholar and teacher, Shastri joined Nalbari Sanskrit College as its Principal in 1938. His scholarly contribution includes his fifteen books in Assamese and Sanskrit. He has also contributed more than two hundred research papers to different journals and periodicals. Some of the outstanding books authored by Shastri include Patakamnayah, Prakamakamrupam, Utankabhaiksam in Sanskrit and Asamar Vaisnavadarsanar Ruprekha, Patakaprakasa, Sahityadarsana, Puroni Asamar Dharma aru Darsana etc in Assamese.


Dr. Biswanarayan Shastri (1993)

Biswanarayan Shastri

The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1993 was presented to the distinguished Sanskrit scholar and an Indologist of repute Dr. Biswanarayana Shastri.  Dr. Shastri studied Sanskrit in traditional method in Nalbari, Varanasi and Calcutta and obtained the title of Vyakaran Shastri, Sahitya Shastri, Mimasa Shastri from the Assam Sanskrit Board. He secured first class first position in the M.A. examination of the Benarasa Hindu University and was awarded the D. Litt degree for his thesis ‘The concept of Samavaya in Nyaya Vaisesik System of Philosophy’. Dr. Shastri represented India in a number of international conferences of scholars and has also chaired a number of them in India and abroad. In 1987 he received the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Govt of Assam has awarded him “Literary Pension” for his contribution to Assamese literature and culture. Dr. Shastri was instrumental in initiating the broadcasting of Sanskrit news from All India Radio and he was the first parliamentarian to speak in Sanskrit in the Indian Parliament.


Late Birendra Kumar Phukan (1994)

The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1994 was presented to Late Birendra Kumar Phukan who was an outstanding singer and musicologist. Late Phukan graduated from the University of Lucknow and joined  All India Radio, Guwahati as a Programme Executive. At Lucknow, he enrolled himself as a student of Maris College of Music and had his music lessons from personalities like Pandit Sri Krishnanarayan Ratanjankar and Pandit Govind Narayan Natu. Phukan also wrote a number of articles and books on music. Sangitiki and Raga Sangeet are two important books on music authored by time. His Svararekhat Bargeet written in association with Shri Purushottam Das, is a pioneering attempt at capturing some pieces of Bargeet in notations.


Dr. Prafulladatta Goswami (1995)

Prafulladatta GoswamiThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1995 was presented posthumously to Late Dr. Prafulladatta Goswami, Professor Emeritus, Gauhati University. Late Dr. Goswami is well known as an eminent folklorist and research scholar and he has a number of scholarly articles and books published to his credit. ‘Festivals of Assam’ is the last published work of Dr. Goswami.


Sri Jajneswar Sarma (1996)

Jajneswar Sarma

The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1996 was presented to noted writer and scholar Sri Jajneswar Sarma. Graduated from Cotton college Guwahati and subsequently obtained his post graduation in English Literature form Presidency College, Calcutta in 1929, Sri Sarma served as the Principal of Nagaon College. He was also one of the founder members of J.B. College, Jorhat. He presided over the Tihu session of Asom Sahitya sabha. His contribution to the field of art and letters in Assam includes an anthology of Assamese poetry Satapatra several volumes of literary criticism relating to Assamese literature and many other miscellaneous writings including some poems.


Professor Herambakanta Barpujari (1997)

Herambakanta BarpujariThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1997 was awarded to the renowned historian, Itihas Acharya, Professor Herambakanta Barpujari. This octogenarian historian has, to his credit, more than 20 books and 50 papers of very high academic standard. He is associated with over a dozen organisations involved in Historical studies in different capacities. He has been felicitated by many organisations both within and outside the country.


Dr. Satyendra Nath Sarma (1998)

Satyendra Nath SarmaThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1998 was awarded to the noted scholar and writer Dr. Satyendra Nath Sarma. Dr. Sarma is an M.A. in M.I.L from Calcutta University and the recipient of Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay gold medal. He is one of the first three scholars to be awarded the D. Phil degree by Gauhati University. He was the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha for the year 1975. The Asom Sahitya Sabha honoured him by conferring on him the title sahityaacharya.  He was the recipient of the Sankardev Award instituted by the Government of Assam. He has authored and edited a few scores of books both in Assamese and English.


Dr. Jogeswar Sarma (1999)

Jogeswar Sarma

The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 1999 was awarded to the great scholar and administrator Dr. Jogeswar Sarma. Dr. Sarma completed his post graduation in Sanskrit Group E from Calcutta University in 1948. He is also well known as a pioneer in the study and profession of library science in Assam. He was appointed as the librarian of the Assam High Court. Following this he was recruited by the University of Gauhati as the librarian of the Krishna Kanta Handique library in March 1949. Mr. Sarma earned a good reputation as a strict disciplinarian and an able administrator. In 1966 the Gauhati Uiversity authority decided to start the undergraduate course in Library Science under the Headship of Sarmah who was entrusted to teach two theoretical papers and two pratical papers of 100 marks each in the beginning. He also prepared the Master degree course syllabus of Library Science and hot it approved by experts. Apart from his service to the discipline of Library Science, Dr. Sarma was also known for his mastery over Sanskrit studies. Some of his publications include Kalidasa aru Tapasya, Kalidasar Pratibha etc in Assamese and The Philosophy of Education in the Upanishadas in English. He has also a number of scholarly articles published in various reputed journals to his credit.


Professor Mukunda Madhava Sharma (2000)

Mukunda Madhava Sharma

The prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2000 was awarded to noted scholar and critic Professor Mukunda Madhava Sharma. Prof. Sharma was known as an eminent indologist and he was also the former Vice Chancellor of the Dibrugarh University. He completed his M.A. from Calcutta University and Kavyatirtha from Vangia Sanskrit Parisad both in 1954. He obtained his Ph.D and D. Litt from Calcutta University in 1963 and 1970 respectively. As a Sanskrit scholar of international repute, he has contributed immensely to Sanskrit Literature more particularly in the areas of poetry and poetics, History and Epigraphy. A prolific writer and an accomplished critic, he has to his credit 43 books and more than 260 research papers and other learned articles written in Sanskrit, English, Assamese, Bengali and Hindi. Professor Sharma has served the Assamese Literature as writer primarily in the areas of Vaisnava Literature, Literary Criticism and modern Assamese poetry. This distinguished educationist with 46 years of teaching and research and educational experience is a recipient of the Certificate of Honour from the President of India (1988), the distinguished service Gold Medal from the Governor of Assam (1993) and also the literary pension of the Government of Assam (since August, 1997).


Professor Golok Chandra Goswami (2001)

Golok Chandra GoswamiThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2001 was awarded to the noted linguist scholar Prof. Golok Chandra Goswami. Prof. Goswami did his M.A. in Education from the department of Education, Gauhati University. He is known as an well known linguist who have made pathbreaking contribution to the study of linguistics. His book titled ‘An Introduction to Assamese Phonology’ is great contribution to the linguistic study of Assamese language. This book was published by the Dr. Sumitra Mangesh Katre, the Director of Post Graduate and Research Institute of Deccan College on the institute’s behalf. Another pathbreaking publication of Prof. Goswami is ‘ Dhvani Bigyanor Bhumika’(The role of Phonetics) written in Assamese which is the first ever book published in Assamese language about the scientific Phonetic study of language. Prof. Goswami joined the department of Assamese as a lecturer on July, 1954 and retired as Professor and Head on August 1st, 1985. As a noted linguist and scholar Prof. Goswami has participated in a number of various International and National Seminar and Conferences. He has delivered a series of lectures on the structure of an Aryan Language. He has also scores of books, articles and research papers published in various reputed journals to his credit. Some of his books in English include the titles An Introduction to Assamese Phonology, Structure of Assamese, Revised and Edited: Dr. Banikanta kakati’s Assamese, Its Formation and Development etc. Similarly some of his important publications in Assamese are Dhvni Bigyanor Bhumika, Asomiya Bornoprakash, Asomiya Akhor Jotoni etc.


Dr. Jogendranarayan Bhuyan (2006)

Jogendranarayan BhuyanThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2006 was awarded to the noted scholar Dr. Jogendranarayana Bhuyan. Dr. Bhuyan completed his M.A. in Assamese in 1964 from Gauhati University and obtained his Ph.D degree in 1996 from Dibrugarh University. He has made great contribution to the Assamese literature by way of publishing compilation of the valuable of books and other compositions of various reputed Assamese authors. Some of his publications in Assamese are RatnaKanta Borkakotir Godya Somvar, Gyandaviram Barua Rosonawoli, Mozindar Barua Rosonawoli etc. Another important contribution that he made to the study of history of Assam is his discovery of some of the very important documents laying unattended in the Mohafezkhana of Nagaon. Apart from these, he has, through his writings published some of the unknown and interesting facts about some of the great scholars of Assam such as Anundoram Dhekial Phukan, Gunaviram Barua, Bholanath Barua etc.


Dr. Pramod Chandra Bhattacharya (2007)

PC BhattacharyaThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2007 was awarded to the noted linguist and scholar Dr. Pramod Chandra Bhattacharya. Dr. Bhattacharya is much known for his exploratory linguistic study of the Boro language. He completed his M.A. in Assamese from the Dept of Assamese in Gauhati University in the year 1950. In 1954 he was selected for undergoing a training programme organized by the School of Linguistics in the Deccan College of Pune. Soon after his post graduation Dr. Bhattacharya undertook his research work on ‘A Descriptive Analysis of the Boro Language’ under the guidance of Dr. Banikanta Kakati. His thesis has gathered much accolades from different linguist of repute both from the national and international arena. Due to his exemplary work on the Boro language, he is known as the father of the modern Boro language. Soon after his post graduation Dr. Bhattacharya was appointed as lecturer in the department of Assamese in B.Borooah College. Subsequently he also served as a guest lecturer in the newly started department of Linguistics of Gauhati University. Dr. Bhattacharya was also associated with various activities of the Modern Indian Languages Department of Gauhati University. He was instrumental in designing the syllabus of the Boro Diploma course, Degree Course and Masters Degree Course in the University. He has a great number of high quality publications in the form of books, research papers, chapters in books to his credit. Some of his invaluable publications in English are A Descriptive Analysis of the Bodo Language, Boro Folksongs and Tales, This is Assam, The Journal of the University Students, Aspects of North East Indian Languages etc. He is also the recipients of a number of prestigious awards both in the state and national level.


Dr. Harinath Sarma Doloi (2011)

Harinath Sarma DoloiThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2011 was awarded to the noted scholar Dr. Harinath Sarma Doloi. Dr. Sarma completed his M.A. in Assamese in 1955 from the department of Assamese in Gauhati University. He also obtained his Ph.D degree from the same University in 1971 for his thesis ‘Saktism and Sakta Literature in Assam’. A literary pensioner from the year 2000 Dr. Doloi has contributed continuously tothe field of Assamese literature with his scholarly writings on Sakta and Vaisnava literature form the pre-independence era. His contribution to the field of folklore is also worth mentioning. His invaluable contribution to Assamese literature includes 36 books and many research papers.


Bhadanta Sasana Bangsha Mahathera (2012)

 Bhadanta Sasana Bangsha MahatheraThe prestigious Anundoram Borooah Award for 2012 was awarded to the noted scholar in Buddhist studies Bhadanta Sasana Bangsha Mahathera. He has devoted himself to the study of Buddhism. In 21 years of age he left for Burma on foot to learn about Buddhism and the practice of Tai literature. After indulging in an indepth study of Buddhist literature and philosophy he came back to his birthplace at Solapothar in 1948. He studies Pali in his M.A. at Nalanda University and successfully obtained the degree with a Gold Medal. After that he has been continuously working for the promotion and development of Pali in Northeast India. He is the recipient of the literary pension of Govt of Assam since 2013. He has also been offered the prestigious D. Litt by Dibrugarh University.