Munin Barkotoki

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Munin Barkotoki
Native name
মুনীন বৰকটকী
Born1915 (1915)
Jorhat, Assam, India
Died(1993-11-06)November 6, 1993
Guwahati, Assam, India
SpouseRenuka Devi Barkataki

Munin Barkotoki (1915–1993) was an Indian writer of modern Assamese literature. Barkotoki, in his position as a conscientious man of letters open to new ideas and experiments, exerted a quiet but powerful influence on the literary scene in Assam.[1]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

The younger son of Raisaheb Durgadhar Barkotoki, then Divisional Inspector of Schools, and Kamalini Devi, daughter of Padmavati Devi Phukanani (1853-1927), whose Sudharmar Upakhyan (1884) marks the early stage of the development of Assamese prose fiction in the nineteenth century, Munin Barkotoki was born in Jorhat on the day of Kati Bihu in mid October 1915.[1]

Munin Barkotoki Award[edit | edit source]

The annual Munin Barkotoki Award to promote young and talented writers in Assam was declared by the Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust. The award, along with a citation and a plaque, brings an INR 50,000 cash prize.[2][3]

Death[edit | edit source]

He suffered from chronic insomnia and widespread bouts of depression in his later years. Barkotoki breathed his last breath at his home in Panchabati, Guwahati, on 6 November 1993. His wife, Renuka Devi Barkataki, died on August 14, 2017, leaving behind Meenaxi, their only daughter.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "About the man – Munin Barkotoki". Munin Barkotoki Trust. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. "Munin Borkotoky Award Presented". Pratidin Time. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  3. "Munin Barkotoki Literary Award announced". The Assam Tribune. Retrieved 10 December 2020.