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9. March 2020: 33rd Edition of Guwahati Book Fair Called Off, Plus News
GUWAHATI: The 33rd Edition of the Guwahati Book Fair, one of the largest literary events in North East India, has been called off till further notice due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The Book fair was scheduled to take place on March 14-25, 2020. The move is a precautionary measure to protect Public Health. Meanwhile a total of 40 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected across India till now....
22. Feb. 2020: What the swirling clouds said: A unique blend of myth and memory gives literature from the Northeast its distinct flavour, Author Mamang Dai, in: The Hindu, 22.Feb. 2020 (The writer is a poet and novelist from Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh)
It would seem that many shamans are beginning to sing the Northeast into existence for the rest of us who are seeking its myriad identities. Once I imagined a dusty library and a woman sitting alone, caught in a beam of light, thinking: ‘Among all these books on these shelves there is not one that mentions this place where I come every day to unlock the cupboards and look at the big atlas of the world.’ Of course I was thinking of the old library in my hometown, near the airfield, and the woman was another me, scrutinising oceans and coastlines and fiddling with notebooks...
22. Feb. 2020: 'memoriographia’, a collection of poetry by noted Naga poet who goes by the pen name rōzumarī saṃsāra (saṃsāra in Japanese means ‘rebirth’) was launched here at DBIDL Hall, Don Bosco School campus, on February 22, in: Morung Express Newsm Dimapur, 22. Feb. 2020
rōzumarī (born Rosemary Kikon), is a performing artist and poet and has performed her poems at the Copenhagen Poetry Club, Tokyo’s Bar Gari Gari and Berkeley Poetry Slam. Her poems have been featured in Tokyo Poetry Journal and in Zuban Books, “The many that I am: Writings from Nagaland... ,
19. Feb. 2020: Chronicling women’s identity & literature in NE, in: Morung Express News Dimapur, February 19 2020
On Wednesday afternoon, a small audience made up predominantly of women gathered for the launch of the first two books in a series of anthologies that focus on the work and identity of women in the North East Region of India. The books ‘The Many That I Am: Writings from Nagaland’ edited by Anungla Zoe Longkumer and ‘Crafting the Word: Writings from Manipur’ edited by Thingnam Anjulika Samom were launched by Urvashi Butalia, founder and director of Zubaan Books at Hotel Acacia, Dimapur. The Many That I Am: Filmmaker and writer Anungla Zoe Longkumer brings together here, an amalgamation of the multiple facets of Naga women through poems, short stories, essays, personal reflections, as well as visuals...
21. Oct. 2019: Two of Assamese Poetry Collections Released
GUWAHATI: Two books with collection of Assamese poems written by Ranjan Kumar Baruah and Dr. Kashmiree Gogoi Baruah were released on Sunday. Renowned poet and the Assam Valley Literary Award winner Sameer Tanti and a poet and storywriter Atanu Bhattacharya formally inaugurated two of the books titled Sobdor Rod Kacholi and Rodor Swois. The other delegates present on the occasion were the Principal of Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College Dr. Sikhamoni Konwar, Director of Library Services, Rumi Goswami, noted writer Nalini Gogoi and others...
18. Sept. 2018: Northeast India: a new literary region for IWE, Author Nandana Dutta (Professor in the Department of English at Gauhati University, India. Her areas of specialization include: American Studies, Postcolonial Literary Theory, Narratology, and Women's Studies)
It’s a young literature – this body of English writings from the eight states of India’s Northeast. Often evaluated in comparison with the rich tradition of Assamese literature (from the largest state in the region and going back several centuries) and overshadowed by the growing dominance of a ‘mainstream India-centred’ Indian writing in English, it began to emerge into the literary-critical scene at the turn of the 20th century, without a splash and with extreme modesty. A few texts here and there – like Arup Dutta’s children’s classic The Kaziranga Trail (1979) – seemed almost accidental, until we suddenly realised its presence in our midst. From one or two books on the shelf of The Modern Book Depot in Guwahati, to a row, to a wall, and now to a whole new extension – Easterine Kire, Temsula Ao, Mitra Phukan, Dhruva Hazarika, Mamang Dai, and the poets Robin Ngangom, Desmond Kharmawphlang, Kynpham Singh Nongkynrih, Esther Syiem, and Mona Zote are now not just popular reading, but have become subject of serious research. And Siddharth Deb, Anjum Hasan, Janice Pariat, and Kaushik Barua, a new generation with quicksilver imagination, supple language, rooted and contemporary, have made sure that this is a literature that is here to stay...,
14. June 2015: 6 Classics of Indigenous Literature from North East India that you Should Know but Probably Don’t, Author: Surabhi Katyal
The native, vernacular literature of North East India is very rich. Here is a list of 6 books that not only won accolades but also are literary landmarks.
It is indeed a bit difficult to lay your hands on or find information on the literary masterpieces of the North East, partly because of the oral tradition, partly because of the sheer diversity of languages and dialects, and partly because the north east is a frequently overlooked region in the country. North East India has over 230 different dialects. The seven sisters perhaps far surpass any other state in that kind of diversity. The North East was a colonial construct, but like every other colonial episteme that at times pervades the sense of being an Indian, the episteme of the distinctive and different north east is sadly, fairly popular. There are three native languages from the north east that are recognized as official by the Indian State, namely, Assamese, Nepali and Manipuri. The rest are too diverse to be clubbed together and used by too small populations to be declared official. But they do exist with unique significance and tradition that must not be overlooked....