Dr. Rita ChowdhuryDr. Rita Chowdhury, director of the National Book Trust, India, was an Associate Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Cotton College, Guwahati. A prominent Assamese a novelist, poet and activist, Dr Chowdhury’s works include Makam, a poignant portrayal of Assamese Indian community of Chinese origin; Deo Lankhui, a novel of epic proportion on the glorious Tiwa Kingdom of Assam; and Ei Xomoy Xei Xomoy, a fictionalized account of the societal and political changes brought in by historic Assam Agitation against illegal immigration from Bangladesh to Assam. Her first novel Abirata Yatra (Incessant Journey) got her Assam Sahitya Sabha’s best manuscript award in 1981. Her Sahitya Akademi Award (2008) winning novel Deo Langkhui (The Divine Sword) got her a host of other awards including Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha Award. She is the Chief Trustee of ADHARXILA, an organization dedicated to empowering young writers of Assam.

Selected Works • Abirata Yatra • Tirtha Bhumi • Maha Jibanar Adharxila • Papiya Tarar Sadhu • Raag Malkosh