Renowned Assamese poet and litterateur Nilamani Phookan wins Jnanpith Award

Noted Assamese poet and litterateur Nilamani Phookan has been accorded the prestigious Jnanpith Award, the highest Indian literary award for his significant contribution in the genre of Assamese poetry.

Phookan, was a former president of the Asom Sahitya Sabha, has been chosen for the 56th Jnanpith Award this year.

The distinguished poet was born at Dergaon near Jorhat, Assam. Due to this early exposure and his artistic response to the language, Phookan 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 conscious critics of tribal and folk art.

Nilamani Phookan is the third recipient of the prestigious award from Assam after Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya and Mamoni Roisom Goswami.