Nilmani Phookan (Junior)

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Nilmani Phookan
Born 1933
Dergaon, Assam
Occupation poet, academic
Known for symbolism

Nilmani Phookan (born 1933) is an Indian poet in Assamese language and an academic. His work, replete with symbolism, is inspired by French symbolism and is representative of the genre in Assamese poetry. His notable works include Surya Henu Nami Ahe Ei Nodiyedi, Gulapi Jamur Lagna, and Kobita.[1][2]

He was awarded the 1981 Sahitya Akademi Award in Assamese for his poetry collection, Kavita (Kobita).[3] He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1990,[4] and received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest literary honor in India, given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in 2002.[5]

Early life and education

He was born in Dergaon in Golaghat district, Assam. He received his Master's degree in History from Guwahati University in 1961. Although he had started writing poetry since the early 1950s.[6]


He started his career as a lecturer at Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati in 1964, where he worked until his retirement in 1992.[6] He has also translated Japanese and European poetry into Assamese.

He was awarded the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1997,[7] and in 2002 he received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest literary honor in India, given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, reserved for "the immortals of literature".[8]


  • Surya Heno Nami Ahe Ei Nadiyedi ("The sun is said to come descending by this river"), 1963.
  • Manas-pratima. Guwahati Book Stall, 1971.
  • Phuli Thaka Suryamukhi Phultor Pine ("Towards the Blooming Sunflower"), 1971.
  • Kabita. Sahitya Akademi Publications, 2001. ISBN 81-260-1058-4.
  • Selected Poems Of Nilmani Phookan. tr. by Krishna Dulal Barua. Sahitya Akademi Publications, 2007. ISBN 81-260-2433-X.


  1. ^ Akademi, p. 462
  2. ^ Since he shares his name another Assamese poet, Nilamani Phukan (1879–1978), he is often referred as Nilamani Phookan (Jr.)
  3. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Award 1955-2007 - Assamese". Official listings, Sahitya Akademi website.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  5. ^ "Conferment of Sahitya Akademi Fellowship". Official listings, Sahitya Akademi website.
  6. ^ a b "Nilmani Phookan". India - Poetry International Web.
  7. ^ "Another plume in writer's crown". The Telegraph. 13 April 2008.
  8. ^ "Bhisham Sahni, Kaifi Azmi in Sahitya Akademi". The Tribune. 20 February 2002.

External links

  • Modern Indian literature, an anthology, Volume 2. Sahitya Akademi. 1992. ISBN 81-7201-324-8.
  • * Laureate of Assam-Nilamani Phookan(
  • Exploring Life, poems by Nilmani Phookan at Assam Tribune
  • Poems by Nilmani Phookan
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