From our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, Dec 16: Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award, Nirupama Phukan, passed away at her residence in Jyoti gar in Dibrugarh on Thursday. She was 94.
The multi-faceted persolity, who was known as ‘Bhangoni Kuwori’ or ‘Translation Princess’ in the domain of Assamese literature, has left behind a corpus of her creative work for the book lovers.
Starting her translation career by translating Harikrish Premi’s Ahuti – hindi drama - in Assamese, Phukan went on to translate several other classics. Apart from translation work, she had also authored many books in the field of Assamese children literature including Bulbul aaru Baadshah (Bulbul and Baadshah), Geet Gua Sorai (The Singing Bird) and Kashmir Deshor Sadhu (stories from the land of Kashmir).
Phukan has also made valuable contributions in the world of drama by writing several plays including Aakhar Rengoni (Ray of Hope), Rajhaar (Backbone) and Shatabdir Abhishap (Curse of the Century). Some of the famous books translated by the highly talented writer include Chandragupta (authored by Jaishankar Prasad in Hindi), Jeeven Leela (authored by Kaka Saheb Kaleka), Pratigya (by Munshi Premchand) and Gaudan (by Munshi Premchand). The translation of Gaudan under the me of Ogonir Noiwon her the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award in 1999. An accredited translator of All India Radio, Phukan was also awarded by the Union Government for the manuscript of her work Surajpuror Suryakanta.
Phukan, who hailed from a well-known family of Jorhat, got married to Dr. Dharanith Phukan at the young age of 22. Despite this, she kept her passion for studies alive and learnt the languages of Hindi, Bengali and English. Phukan leaves behind three children, Kalyan Phukan, Sudipto Phukan and Kalpa Khound (former Principal of DHSKC College and former district governor of Rotary Intertiol), son-in-law Dr Kalyan Khound, grand children and large number of her admirers.
Several dignitaries, including noted writer and former president of Axam Xahitya Xabha, Dr. gen Saikia; Dibrugarh MP Rameshwar Teli; MLAs, Prashanta Phukan and Ritupar Baruah; senior jourlist and chief advisor of Sodou Asom Sangbadik Sangstha, Ikbal Ahmed, president of Matak Yuva Satra Sanmilan, Uday Shankar Mohan; general secretary of Asom Jatiyotabadi Yuva Parishad, Udayan Gogoi, and others have condoled the demise of Nirupama Phukan and extended their deepest condolences to the family members of the departed soul.