Female Voice in Assamese Poetry



About the Book: 


Assamese poetry has a rich tradition, and the contribution of women towards development of Assamese literature dates back to as early as the sixteenth century. Works of Assamese women poets are also considered as an important component of Indian literature. Several Assamese women poets have also received important national awards and recognition for their literary contributions.

This book is the result of an extensive study on Assamese women poets and their works conducted by Dr Tapati Baruah Kashyap following award of a Junior Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. This study covers Assamese women poets right from Aai Padmapriya, who belonged to the sixteenth century and was a near-contemporary of Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva, the two saint-reformers who had also pivoted a great renaissance in Assamese literature, art, culture and music during that period. The book also focuses on the trend of Assamese women’s poetry from the medieval to the modern period, apart from recording the historical significance of Assamese women poets, reflected through interviews of several eminent critics as well as several of the living poets themselves.


About the Author:


Guwahati based academician Dr Tapati Baruah Kashyap is a well known writer who writes both in Assamese and English on a wide range of issues including women’s rights, human development and issues related to the aged. Her writing on women’s issues won her the 2004 Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award by The Assam Tribune Group while her write-ups on gender sensitivity won her the Laadli Media Award by Population First and UNFPA in 2010-11. Her book Narir Adhikar: Ekhon Aadipath, written in Assamese, is considered to be a pioneering work on women’s rights. She also has two anthologies of poems to her credit.


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Book Specification

ISBN : 978-93-82624-04-2
Pages : 208; PB
Year of pub. : 2012
Size: 1/8 demy