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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jnanpith Laureate Indira Goswami passed away

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Famous Assamese writer Indira Goswami (Mamoni Raisom Goswami) passed away on 29th November 2011. She was 69. Doctors said she died of multiple organ failure at 7:45 am at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital. She was a recipient of the Jnanpith(2000), India’s most prestigious literary award. Popularly known as Mamoni Baideo among the Assamese people, she was an Assamese editor, poet, professor, scholar and writer

Known by her pen name, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, she had been a teacher at the Department of Modern Indian Languages at Delhi University. Goswami also acted as a mediator in the peace talks  between the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the Central Government.
Goswami’s death comes just weeks after Bhupen Hazarika, Assam’s most famous singer, who died on Nov 5.

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