About the Translator
Born in 1945, Surajit Borooah, besides being a sportsperson of eminence in the 1960s and 1970s, was a well-known broadcaster of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He retired as a Professor of English from Arya Vidyapeeth College in 2006. He was the president of North East India Forum for English Studies and the vice-president of North East Writers’ Forum. He is an avid photographer and was president of the North East Photographic Society. He was the president of the Board of Trustees, member of the Management Council and member, Board of Directors of the B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati.
Besides writing innumerable articles in newspapers and journals, he specializes in translating modern Assamese poetry into English and his translations and writings have been published in various journals of the state and the country, including Indian Literature of the Sahitya Akademi. He has published the translation of a novel by Dr. Jayanti Chutia titled Tears of Solitude and the first volume of Selected Assamese Poetry, published by Writers Workshop, India, in 2015. He was invited to the Bengaluru Poetry Festival in 2017 as a panelist. He received the runners-up award of Muse India Satish Verma awards, 2017.
About the Book
This is Surajit Borooah’s second anthology of English translations of modern Assamese poetry since 1950 and features poems by Prem Narayan Nath, Anubhab Tulasi, Anupama Basumatari, Deba Prasad Talukdar, Archana Pujari, Nilim Kumar, Nilima Thakuria Haque, Lutfa Hanum Selima Begum, Rajib Barua, Manoj Borpujari, Ismail Hussain, Bipuljyoti Saikia, M. Kamaluddin Ahmed, Birinchi Rabha, Atanu Bhattacharya, Manikuntala Bhattacharya, Mrinalini Saikia, Ganga Mohan Mili, Hridayananda Gogoi, Jibon Narah, Kushal Dutta, Pranab Barman, Danny Gaam, Bijoy Shankar Barman and Mridul Haloi.
77 poems in translation