Awards & Honours

Many awards are given in the state of Assam, in the fields of literature, culture and sports

Asom Sahitya Sabha Awards : Asom Sahitya Sabha is the pioneer which has instituted as many as 25 or so awards for literature of various kinds. It also gives honours and titles to those who have contributed tremendously towards the Assamese language-literature-culture. Two important titles conferred by the ‘Sabha’ are Sadasya Mohian and Sahityacharya.

Srimanta Sankardeva Award

The government of Assam instituted this prestigious award to honour persons of eminence  in the field of Journalism, Art, Culture and Literature in the hallowed name of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva in 1986. At present the award carries an award money of Rs. 3 lakh, a citation and a gold medal. The award is given only to individuals of 50 years of age and above. Associations, institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award. The award does not pertain to any single work or achievement but to significant and lasting contribution on a sustained basis over a period of time. The recipients of the award so far are : Kirtinath Hazarika (1986), Bhupen Hazarika (1987), Satyajit Ray (1988), Maheswar Neog (1989), Kapila Vatsayan (1990), Satyendranath Sharma (1991), Ramchandra Narayan Dandekar (1992), Satyaprasad Baruah (1993), Gangubai Hangel (1993), Mahendra Bora (1994), Sayed Abdul Malik (1995), Bhabesh Shanyal (1996), Kelucharan Mahapatra (1997), Bhabendra Nath Saikia (1998), Amjad Ali Khan (1999), Sonaram Chutia (2000), Ilaram Das (2001), Indira Miri (2002), Habib Tanbir (2003), Narayan Debgoswami and Parvin Sultana (2004), B G Verghese (2005), Kashabananda Debgoswami (2006), Homen Borgohain (2007), Sharmila Tegore (2008).  

Assam Valley Literary Award

The highest literary award of the Assamese literature is ‘ Assam Valley Literary Award’. Instituted by the Williamson Magor Education Trust, the award honours eminent writers of Assam and their work which embodies and upholds human values and dignity. The award comprises a specially designed trophy, a citation and Rupees two lakhs in each. The recipients of the award so far are: Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia (1990), Homen Borgohain (1991), Sayed Abdul Malik (1992),  Navakanta Baruah (1993),  Jogesh Das (1994), Saurav Kumar Chaliha (1995), Umakanta Sarma (1996),  Nilomani Phukan (1997), Mahim Bora (1998), Ajit Baruah (1999), Hiren Bhattacharya (2000), Silabhadra (2001), Chandra Prasad Saikia (2002), Nirupama Borgohain (2003), Lakshminandan Bora (2004), Arun Sarma (2005), Nalinidhar Bhattacharya (2006), Nagan Saikia (2007), Rangbong Terang (2008), and Imran Shah (2009).

Munin Borkotoky Award

Instituted by Munin Borkotoki Memorial Trust in 1995, this is an annual award and is given to young and promising writers (below the age of forty years) writing in Assamese for their (published or unpublished) works of literary criticism or of creative literature. The award carries a cash of Rupees Twenty Five thousand besides a citation and a plaque.

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award

Instituted by Government of Assam in 2005, this is and annual national award to honour persons of eminence for their contribution towards social harmony and national integration. The award carries and award money of Rs. 2 lakhs and a citation. The recipients of this awards so far are :  Sunil Dutt (Posthumousloy, 2005), Shekhar Gupta (2006), Shabana Azmi (2007).

Publication Board Award (Prakashan Parishad Bonta)

The Publication Board, Assam instituted in 1973 the scheme of conferring an annual literary award under the name and style of ‘Publication Board Award’ upon the author of the best Assamese book published during the past three years. The recipients of this prestigious annual award so far are :  Bhabendra Nath Saikia (Sendur, 1973), Navakanta Baruah (Mor Aru Prithibir, 1974), Homen Borgohain (Pita-Putra, 1976), Nilamoni Phukan (Kaint Aru Golap, 1977), Bhaben Baruah (Sonali Jahaj, 1978), Debendranath Acharyya (Kalpurush, 1979), Mahim Bora (Rati Fula Phool, 1980), Rongbong Terang (Rangmilir Hanhi, 1982), Trailokyanath Goswami (Nandna Tattwa : Prachya Aru Pachatya, 1983), Munin Borkotoki (Bismrita Bytikram, 1984), Satyendranath Sharma (Ramayanar Itibritta, 1987), Umakanta Sarma (Ejãck Mãnuh Ekhon Aranya, 1988), Rebati Mohon Dutta Chaudhury Silabhadra (Anusandhan, 1990), Chandraprasad Saikia (Tore More Alokore Yatra, 2000).

Prabina Saikia Award

Instituted in 1999 by Asom Lekhika Sanstha, with the co-operation of Chandraprasad Saikia, husband of late Prabina Saikia, the award is given to a female Assamese writer, for outstanding contributions to creative writing. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, a citation and a trophy. The recipients of the award so far are : Nilima Dutta (1999), Nirupama Borgohain (2000), Nirmalprabha Bordoloi (2001), Suchibrata Rai Choudhury (2002), Chitralata Phukan (2003), Anima Dutta (2004), Pritee Baruah (2005), Purabi Barmudai (2006), Swarna Bora (2007), Keshada Mahanta (2008), Lakhyahira Das (2009).


Apart from those, Sahitya Akademi has also been given awards in the fields of Assamese literature every year. Several Assamese writers have so far received the Sahitya Akademi Award for their literary creations of exceptional worth of merit.

They are :

Jatindranath Duarah (Bonphool, 1955)

Bendudhar Sharma (Congressor Kachioli Rodot, 1960)

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya (Yaruyingam, 1961)

Birinchi Kumar Baruah (Asamar Loka-Sanskriti, 1964)

Ambikagiri Raichowdhury (Bedanar Ulka, 1966)

Trailokyanath Goswami (Adhunik Galpa-Sahitya, 1967)

Nalinibala Devi (Alakananda, 1968)

Atul Chandra Hazarika (Mancha Lekha, 1969)

Lakshminath Phukan (Mahatmar Pora Rupkon Waralai, 1970)

Syed Abdul Malik (Aghari Atmar Kahini, 1972)

Saurav Kumar Chaliha (Golam, 1974)

Navakanta (Shrinkhal, 1976)

Ananda Chandra Baruah (Bakul Banar Kabita,1977)

Homen Borgohain (Pita-Putra, 1978)

Bhaben Baruah (Sonali Jahaj, 1979)

Jogesh Das (Prithibir Asukh, 1980)

Nilamoni Phukan (Kabita, 1981)

Mamoni Roysom Goswami (Mamore Dhara Tarowal Aru Dukhan Upanyash, 1982)

Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi (Sudirgha Din Aru Rati, 1983)

Debendranath Acharya (Jangam, Post-humously, 1984)

Krishnakanta Handique (Krishnakanta Handiquer Rachana Sambhar, Post-humously, 1985)

Tirthnanath Sharma (Benudhar Sharma, 1986)

Harekrishna Deka (Aan Ajon, 1987)

Lakshminandan Bora (Patal Bhairavi, 1988)

Hiren Gohain (Asomiya Jatiya Jivanat Mahapurusia Parampara, 1989)

Sneha Devi (Sneha Devi Ekunki Golpa, Post-humously, 1990)

Ajit Baruah (Brahmputra Ityadi Padya, 1991)

Hiren Bhattacharya (Saisar Pothar Manuh, 1992)

Keshab Mahanta (Mor Je Kiman Henpah, 1993)

Silabhadra (Madhupur Bahudoor, 1994)

Chandraprasad Saikia (Maharathi, 1995)

Nirupama Borgohain (Abhijatri, 1996)

Nagen Saikia (Andharat Nijor Mukh, 1997)

Arun Sharma (Ashirbador Rang, 1998)

Medini Chaudhury (Bipanna Somoy, 1999)

Apurba Sharma (Baghe Tapur Rati, 2000)

Mohim Bora (Edhani Mahir Hanhi, 2001)

Nalinidhar Bhattacharya (Mahar Oitijya, 2002)

Bireswar Baruah (Anek Manuh, Anek Thai Aaru Nirjanata, 2003)

Hirendra Nath Dutta (Manuh Anukule, 2004)

Yeshe Dorze Thongchi (Moun Ounth Mukhar Hriday, 2005)

Atulananda Goswami (Seneh Jorir Ganthi, 2006)

Purabi Barmudoi (Shantanukulanadan, 2007)

Rita Choudhury (Deu Langkhui, 2008)

Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora (Katha Ratnakar, 2009).

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