Books on Bhupenda, Mamoni Roisom released in World Book Fair

Delhi came out to remember two of the State’s greates cultural icons recently. Two new books on the life and times of Bhupen Hazarika and Indira Goswami (popularly known as Mamoni Raisom Goswami, whose demise last year resulted in intense outpouring of grief not only in Assam but across the subcontinent, were released in the New Delhi World Book Fair. The event witnessed tremendous participation by book lovers and members of the Assamese community residing in Delhi.

Bhupen Da: The Bard of Brahmaputra has been written by late Hazarika’s close associate Kamal Kataky and Devajit Bhuyan. On the other hand, Indira Goswami: Pain and Passion has been edited by Uddipana Goswami. The books have been published by Spectrum Publications.

late Bhupen Hazarika

Talking about the release of the books, a source said, “After the demise of the two legends, many writers, scholars and journalists had came up with critical appraisals of their works. However, very little work was done in English, and probably that made Spectrum Publications to come up with the idea of two new books by people who personally knew Hazarika and Goswami and who are well-known faces in the literary and cultural sphere of Assam.”

Bhupen Da: The Bard of Brahmaputra has been launched as a hardcover edition for now with a paperback edition coming soon. The project was successfully completed within just a month. The book was launched by Shanta Sharabjit Singh, Vice Chairman of Sangeet Natak Academy. It should be noted that Bhupen da was a past chairman of this institution. Singh recollected the memories of her association with Hazarika and said that the mass gathering of people at his funeral was testimony of the sheer genius he was.

The book’s joint author Kamal Kataky, who was a close associate of the bard, said that it was practically impossible to confine the legend within the pages of a single book. “I was moved to a large extent while preparing the book,” he said.

On the other hand, Indira Goswami: Pain and Passion, is an anthology having contributions from literary giants like UR Anantha Murthy and Amitav Ghosh. The book was released by Dr Mukunda Kam Sharma, President of Assam Association. Uddipana Goswami, the editor of the compilation, is a noted litterateur and presently the literary editor of Seven Sisters’ Post. Provided a brief sketch of the life and achievements of Mamoni Raisom Goswami in his speech, Dr Sharma said that she was highly popular among the Assamese community in Delhi.


Indira Goswami: Passion and the Pain is a biography of a different kind. It is a collection of articles by various scholars, writers and activists who have known the writer from close quarters or studied her works avidly. The book brings out the various facets of her life and shows veryclearly her humanitarianism, strength of conviction, empathy and angst.

Many critics have observed that Indira Goswami’s literary creations draw heavily from her own life and experiences. The articles in this book also cast light on the autobiographical aspects of her works while at the same time, reading the author’s own life as a text.

It was her passion for life that saw her through long phases of depression till she reached the pinnacle of glory, bagging award after award. In her life, Indira Goswami came in contact with many known and unknown people from different walks of life – literature, academia and activism. In her death, they show their affection and pay their tributes to the woman who showered her characteristic warmth and brilliant smile on everyone.

Report based on a press release mailed to me


About Aiyushman Dutta

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Posted on March 13, 2012, in Day-to-Day, Personalities/ Interviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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