Nilamani Phookan Got Sahitya Akademi Award in 1981
Noted Assamese poet and litterateur Nilmani Phookan won the highest Indian literary award Jnanpith Award.
Nilmani Phookan is known for his symbolistic representation in the genre of Assamese poetry. He was bestowed the award for the year 2020.
Nilmani Phookan (File Pic)
Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo won the prestigious award for the year 2021.
Nilmani Phookan was born at Dergaon near Jorhat, Assam.
Especially due to this early background and his artistic response to the language, Nilmani had developed a deep interest in the rich folk culture and the native swings of life.
He is one of Assam’s leading art experts and authentic critic of tribal and folk art.
Nilamani Phookan started writing poetry in the fifties. However, his evolution as a distinguished poet was made the post-war period. He can be rightly called as one of the pioneers of modernism in Assamese poetry.
Phookan was conferred with Sahitya Akademi Award in 1981 for his poetry collection, Kavita (Kobita).
কাব্যঋষি শ্ৰদ্ধাৰ নীলমণি ফুকনদেৱে জ্ঞানপীঠ বঁটা লাভ কৰাত গৌৰৱ অনুভৱ কৰিছোঁ৷ অধ্যাপনা, কবিতা, শিল্পকলা, সমালোচনা আদি সকলো দিশতে সমানে ব্যুৎপত্তি আৰু পাৰদৰ্শিতাৰে তেখেতে চহকী কৰিছে অসমৰ বৌদ্ধিক ক্ষেত্ৰখনক৷ কবি ফুকনদেৱলৈ অযুত অভিনন্দন৷ তেখেতৰ সুস্বাস্থ্য আৰু দীৰ্ঘায়ু কামনা কৰিলোঁ৷ pic.twitter.com/COO4dldC4x— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 7, 2021
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990 and received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Congratulated Nilamani Phookan on receiving this prestigious award. He wises for his good health and long life in a tweet.