About the Translator:
Born in 1945, Surajit Borooah has been a broadcaster with All India Radio and Doordarshan, president of North East India Forum for English Studies and the vice-president of North East Writers’ Forum, a professor of English at Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati (where he retired in 2006), and an eminent sportsperson in the 1960s and 1970s. He has also been on the Board, in several capacities, of the B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati. He is an avid photographer and was the president of the North East Photographic Society. He specializes in translating modern Assamese poetry into English and his translations and writings have been published in various journals including Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature. His translation of Dr Jayanti Chutia’s novel has been published as Tears of Solitude.
About the Book:
This is an anthology of English translations of modern Assamese poetry since 1950 and features poems by Hem Barua, Nalinidhar Bhattacharya, Naba Kanta Barua, Keshab Mahanta, Ajit Barua, Hari Borkakoty, Hiren Bhattacharya, Nirmalprova Bordoloi, Nilmoni Phukan, Bireswar Barua, Hirendra Nath Dutta, Rabindra Sarkar, Meera Thakur, Harekrishna Deka, Kabin Phukan, Anees Uz Zaman, Sananta Tanti, Karabi Deka Hazarika, Manjit Singh, Sameer Tanti, Koustuvmoni Saikia, Uday Kumar Sarma, Prayag Saikia and Anupam Kumar.
Professor Borooah has sought to make this collection as representative as possible of Assamese poetry, working within the challenges of translating where some exceptional poems, inevitably, do not lend themselves well to translation. This book painstakingly exhibits the themes, concerns, politics and styles that have informed the works of modern Assamese poets.
85 poems in translation