Mamoni Raisom Goswami
Award Name : Jnanpith Award
Year of Award : 2000
Award for : Literature
Location : Guwahati, Assam, India
Indira Goswami known by her pen name Mamoni Raisom Goswami was an Assamese editor, poet, professor, scholar and writer. She was popularly known as Mamoni Baideo. She was the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1983), Jnanpith Award (2001) and Principal Prince Claus Laureate (2008). A celebrated writer of contemporary Assamese whose major works have been translated to English! She was one of the organizers of People's Consultative Group, a peace committee. She has also worked as a mediator between the armed militant group United Liberation Front of Assam and Indian Government. Many of her works have been made feature films as well as stage shows and won many awards as well. She was born on 14 November 1942 in Guwahati. She studied at Latashil Primary School, Guwahati; Pine Mount School, Shillong; and Tarini Charan Girls' School, Guwahati and completed Intermediate Arts from Handique Girls College, Guwahati. She majored in Assamese literature at Cotton College in Guwahati and secured a Master's degree from Gauhati University in the same field of study. In 1962, she published her first collection of short stories, "Chinaki Morom", when she was a student.