Namita Gokhale bags Cen­te­nary Na­tional Award for Lit­er­a­ture

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NEW DELHI: Em­i­nent writer Namita Gokhale has been nom­i­nated for the first Cen­te­nary Na­tional Award for Lit­er­a­ture, to be con­ferred by one of the most pres­ti­gious lit­er­ary bod­ies in In­dia — the Asam Sahitya Sabha — for her out­stand­ing lit­er­ary con­tri­bu­tions as well as her ser­vice to the na­tion in sup­port­ing and show­cas­ing lit­er­ary tal­ent and creat­ing a lit­er­ary en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try.

The award will be con­ferred at a spe­cial func­tion in Guwa­hati on Satur­day by Dhruba Jy­oti Bo­rah, Pres­i­dent of the Asam Sahitya Sabha.

This is also the first time that the Sabha will be hon­our­ing an English­language au­thor. The Sabha has in­sti­tuted the na­tional award as part of its cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

“The Asam Sahitya Sabha is a uniquely in­spir­ing lit­er­ary and cul­tural in­sti­tu­tion with a rich his­tory and legacy. I am grate­ful and in­deed over­whelmed that they have cho­sen to con­fer this award on me on their Cen­te­nary year,” said Gokhale.

De­scrib­ing the much ac­claimed au­thor as “one of our most sen­si­tive and finest writ­ers”, Bo­rah said that Gokhale, through her un­tir­ing ef­forts, is knit­ting the coun­try to­gether across lan­guages through lit­er­a­ture”.

A prom­i­nent fig­ure in the field of lit­er­a­ture, Namita Gokhale is a writer, pub­lisher and fes­ti­val di­rec­tor.

She is the au­thor of 16 works of fic­tion and non-fic­tion. Gokhale has a pas­sion­ate com­mit­ment to show­cas­ing Indian writ­ing and is a founder and co-di­rec­tor of the ZEE Jaipur Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val and Moun­tain Echoes, the Bhutan Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val.

Her works in­clude the ac­claimed de­but novel, Paro: Dreams of Pas­sion, pub­lished in 1984.

Her mem­o­rable works also in­clude A Hi­malayan Love Story, The Book of Shad­ows and the re­cent Things to Leave Be­hind which has been de­scribed as her most am­bi­tious novel yet.

Asam Sahitya Sabha is a non­govern­ment, non-profit, lit­er­ary or­gan­i­sa­tion of As­sam. It was founded in De­cem­ber 1917 to pro­mote the cul­ture of As­sam and As­samese lit­er­a­ture. Presently it has about 1,000 branches within and out­side the state.

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