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Rita Chowdhury is a prominent Assamese novelist and poet. She is the recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award in the world of Assamese literature. She is presently working as a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science in Cotton College.
Life and literary career of Rita Chowdhury
Rita Chowdhury was born on August 20, 1960 at Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh. She was born to Biraja Nanda Chowdhury. During the Assam Agitation Chowdhury was one of the prominent members of Jatiyatabadi Juba Chatra Parishad. She was imprisoned twice in Guwahati and thrice in Dibrugarh.
Chowdhury did her schooling in Upper Haflong LP School. She completed her Higher secondary fronm Margherita Public Higher Secondary School. She is a double MA in Political science and Assamese. She is a PHD and an LLB.
Rita Chowdhury has written eight novels and twenty short stories. Dr Chowdhury’s first novel was “Abirata Jatra”. It was written in 1981. It won the first prize in a competition held by Asom Sahitya Sabha. The novel was written when she went underground during the Assam agitation. The notable books written by the celebrated writer are “Makam”, “Thirthabhumi”, “Maha Jibanar Adharshila”, “Nayana Tarali Sujata”, “Popiya Torar Xadhu”, “Ragmalkosh”, “Jala Padma”, “Hriday Nirupai”, “Deo langkhui”. She had been the editor of “Adharxia”. Dr Chowdhury has written 50 poems. The poems written by her are “Xudoor Nakshatra”, “Banariya Batahar Xuhuri”, “Alop Pooharar Alop Andharar”, “Boga Matir Tulaxi”.
Awards and honour of Rita Chowdhury
Chowdhury was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2008 for her novel “Deo Langkhui”. She was also the recipient of Asom Sahitya Award and Kolaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha Award.