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Mamani Raisom Goswami
Mamani Raisom Goswami (b.1942), popularly known as Indira Goswami, is acclaimed as one of the greatest woman novelist in Assam. She has written 21 books including eleven novels, eight short stories and an autobiography. Among her major novels are Nilkanthi Broja (1976), Ahiron (1978), Mamore Dhara Tarowal (1980), and Tej Aru Dhulire Dhusarita Pristha (1994) - the last-named being a novel written with reference to the Delhi riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984. Indira's anthologies of short stories include Chinaki Marom (1962), Kaina (1966) and Hriday Ekti Nadir Nam (1990). There is also the autobiographical piece, Adha Lekha Dastabej (1988). Her novel Nilkanthi Broja very powerfully projects the lives of young widows abandoned in Vrindavan by their families.
Her novel Mamare Dhara Tarowal Aru Dukhan Upanyas won her the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Among the several literary awards bestowed on her mention may be made of Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Sabha Award and the International Tulsi Award.