Eminent litterateur, Jnanpith laureate, peacemaker between the insurgent United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the Centre and India’s first Principal Prince Claus Laureate Indira Goswami, popularly known as Mamoni Raisom Goswami, passed away at 7.45 a.m. at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday after prolonged illness.
She had been in hospital since February. She was 69. Her husband Madhaven Raisom Ayengar died in an accident within two years of their marriage in 1965.
Dr. Goswami, an author of several best seller Assamese novels and short story collections, won the Sahitya Akademi Award for her powerful novel Mamare Dhara Tarowal Aru Dukhan Upanyasa in 1982 and the Jnanpith Award in 2000.