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Book aid for researchers

Guwahati, Nov. 12: The South East Asia Ramayana Research Institute at Gandhibasti here today said they would assist scholars interested in carrying out research on writer Mamoni Raisom Goswami by providing them books written by and on the writer.

“We are working to make all books written by Mamoni baideo and those on her available in our library to help scholars research her without difficulty,” said Sabita Sarma, executive president of the institute.

Goswami, who passed away on November 29 last year, set up the institute in a bid to carry on research on the Ramayan.

The institute is going to release the writer’s last book, Xahashra Bahu, on her 70th birth anniversary at Rabindra Bhawan on Wednesday. The book contains Goswami’s unpublished write-ups scattered across different magazines and newspapers.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is expected to be present at the event, which is being organised by the institute in association with the department of cultural affairs of the state government.

Sarma said prizes of an essay competition organised by the institute on the life and works of Goswami would also be given away to winners during the event. The competition was organised in two groups. Himashree Buragohain from Khowang Higher Secondary School in Dibrugarh district and Rodali Chetia from Sivasagar Girls’ College in Sivasagar won the first prizes in the Ka and Kha groups respectively. “The winners will be given cash, citations and books,” Sarma said.

Sarma said all the works of Goswami would be translated into English to make her books accessible to readers across the globe.

Besides, the institute is planning to publish at least two books every year. “Two books have already been published and some others are in the pipeline,” Sarma said. She said the Ramayan, which has already been translated into different indigenous languages of Assam, would also be translated into English.

One of the prominent Assamese novelists of the state, Goswami was admired by many for her writing skills as well as her subjects.

Her novels included Ahiron, Budha Xagar, Dhuxor Gaisa aru Mohammad Mucha, Chinavar Srot, Chinnamastar Manuhto, Dashorothir Khoj, Dotal Hatir Une Khowa Howda, Mamore Dhora Tarowal aru Dukhon Uponyax.